Cruise priority is right to see daughter
Katie Holmes takes her daughter Suri to the Children's Museum of Arts in Manhattan on July 5. Picture: Reuters/Andrew Burton.

UPDATE: 2.12PM Katie Holmes has thrown herself into her work following her split from Tom Cruise, making plans to host her first runway show at New York Fashion Week in September.

The actress is taking her Holmes & Yang spring collection to the international fashion event, according to WWD.

Launched in 2009 with her design partner Jeanne Yang, the range is stocked at New York department store Barneys and Harvey Nichols in London among other luxury stores.

Despite her recent high-profile split from husband Tom Cruise, the former Dawson's Creek star is pushing ahead with her sartorial plans.

It is the first time the brand will be shown in a fashion show.

Holmes will join Victoria Beckham in presenting her garments at the highly-anticipated event. The women initially struck up a friendship through their husbands but haven't been pictured together for years.

In 2008, there were reports the two A-list celebrities fell out over Cruise's Scientology beliefs.

Holmes put on a brave face on Monday filming a guest judge TV spot for hit US series Project Runway All Stars.

Meanwhile, Holmes talked about launching a "new phase" in her life weeks before her divorce bombshell, as Cruise reportedly denied Scientology sparked the split.

In an interview with Elle magazine, conducted before last Friday's announcement that she was ending their five-year marriage, Holmes said she felt "sexier" than ever.

"He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years - I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that," she said in excerpts published online from the magazine's August edition.

"It's like a new phase," added Holmes in the interview, reportedly conducted six weeks before she filed for divorce in New York, apparently taking Cruise entirely by surprise.

Celebrity news website TMZ meanwhile cited sources close to Cruise as denying that Holmes filed for divorce because she fears he plans to take their six-year-old daughter Suri deeper into the Church of Scientology.

TMZ and other news media have cited sources in the Holmes camp as making that suggestion, triggering a denial from the controversial Church, of which Cruise is one of the most prominent members.

Tom Cruise, right, and actress Katie Holmes with their daughter Suri arrive at the Narita International Airport in 2009. Picture: AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye.
The usually well-informed website on Thursday cited sources "directly connected" to Cruise claiming that Holmes's team were leaking false stories to the media that she was trying to save Suri from the grips of Scientology.

"She was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies," said one Cruise source.

"This is not a fight over religion. It's being used as a way to hurt Tom," the source added.

The Church has denied sending anyone to follow Holmes, while also dismissing reports that Cruise wanted their daughter to join the Sea Organization, described as a boot camp for the controversial religion.

"There is no truth whatsoever to the TMZ.com report (or any other report) that the Church of Scientology has sent anyone to follow or surveil Katie Holmes," lawyer Gary Soter told AFP in an emailed letter on Monday.

Meanwhile, E! Online reported that Holmes is scheduled to face a family court judge in New York on July 17, adding that there is no emergency hearing scheduled on custody and child support for the couple's daughter.

Her lawyer told People magazine on Wednesday that "other than her action for divorce, the only pending application filed by Ms Holmes remains her request for an anonymous caption", referring to when court papers are filed anonymously.

Actress Katie Holmes leaves the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York, July 5. Picture: Reuters/Andrew Burton.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Holmes hopes to avoid a public fight and will not haggle over money, but is concerned about how Suri is raised.

It cited a source as saying that Scientology and what role it would play in the upbringing of the couple's daughter was a key factor in the split.

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