Rumor Alert: Katie, Tom Living Apart in NY?

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They’ve been snapped out and about in NY loads while Katie Holmes prepares for her Broadway debut, but a British magazine has claimed that she and Tom Cruise are actually living separate lives in the city. Reputed fashion weekly Grazia magazine reports that whereas Katie is staying at the East Village’s American Felt Building, in a condo estimated to be over 3,000 sq ft large, there’s no room for Tom. Instead, he’s been holed up at the Carlyle Hotel more than 63 blocks away on his own.

A hotel employee tells the mag, “Tom is a guest here. He’s been coming here for years and knows he will be well looked after by the staff.” They also allege that he often dines alone in his room or holds business meetings in the plush hotel. Meanwhile, Katie, who’s been prepping her role in All My Sons since August (it’s due to officially open October 16), has opted to live alone during the run of the play. “The story is she thought that if they were living together, Tom would diminish her focus and prove too much of a distraction,” the mag quotes a theatre source as saying.

Hmmm. We’re not sure what to make of all this. If it’s true, could it be that Stepford Wife Katie is actually the deal-maker in this relationship? That the miserable-looking, scared face of Joey-from-Dawson’s-Creek is nothing but a facade for a steely, feisty woman? Our showbiz radar has just fizzled and spun on its axis. We don’t know what’s true anymore. Is nothing sacred?