Katie Holmes Opens Up About Life After Tom Cruise, But Won't Discuss Former Married Life

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Katie Holmes did something she doesn't often do during a recent interview with More magazine. She talked about ex-husband Tom Cruise--or at least her life since divorcing him.

"You've got to keep going. In every part of your life," she said of her life after Tom Cruise, with whom she had a daughter, Suri, before they split in 2012. "Focus on the positive. Stay creative. Go to things that interest you. Do work that's fulfilling. Challenge yourself. What's amazing about the human spirit, there are so many people doing inspiring things. If you focus on that, it makes your life richer."

When asked about her dating life, Katie Holmes came to an abrupt halt, however.

"That's not something I want to answer...I don't have a five or 10-year plan. I feel like I'm still a teenager in a lot of ways. I do a lot of things I did then. I paint, I color. I cook sometimes. I still feel like a girl. I don't quite feel like a woman, maybe because I'm the baby of my family. I'll probably be 90 and feel like, 'Not a woman yet!' Ha!" she said.

Something else off-topic for Katie Holmes was the years she spent as Tom Cruise's wife.

"Holmes doesn't discuss that part of her life," More writer Joanna Schneller said.

The former Dawson's Creek star is interested in exploring new options in her career, however.

"I feel more creative," she said. "I feel ready. When I was a young actor, things happened quickly. My second job was 'Dawson's Creek,' and suddenly I was known. I was 18 years old; I had no life experience. I felt, 'I don't have anything to bring. I don't know what it's like to be, say, really angry. I'm doing the best I can.' But with age I've gained confidence. I understand the kind of stories I want to tell. I have more experience in business. I feel more certain."

Is it a bit curious that Katie Holmes remains so mum about her life with Tom Cruise? Might she still fear the repercussions of his connections to the Church of Scientology?

It sounds like her life has improved significantly since divorcing Tom Cruise--and hopefully continues to improve. She is focused on Suri's upbringing, which is her most important role for now.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.