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This is how Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx kept their relationship secret for five years

After years of speculation and incredible secrecy, it's finally been confirmed that Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are an item.

On Monday, the pair were spotted holding hands on a beach in Malibu. And there was clearly no question that the two were romantically involved as they were seen talking intimately and giggling adorably on their jaunt.

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37-year-old Holmes was involved in a highly-publicised five-year relationship with actor Tom Cruise, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter, Suri. The couple married in 2006 and their lavish wedding was held in a 15th century castle in Bracciano, Italy.

As such, they quickly became known as a "power-couple", and were given the nickname "TomKat". However, five years into their marriage, Holmes filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Sine then, Holmes and Cruise's relationship has been subject to much speculation, the majority of which centred around an alleged "clause" in Holmes' divorce settlement which prohibited her from being publicly involved with someone else for a whopping five years. An inside source clarified that this so-called agreement was to ensure that Cruise wasn't portrayed negatively in the press. They said:

"Katie signed a clause in her quickie divorce settlement that prevents her from embarrassing Tom in various ways, like talking about him or Scientology, or publicly dating another man for five years after the divorce."

Katie was also believed to have an added incentive for adhering to such stringent terms. The source added that the Dawson's Creek star was expected to receive a settlement fee of seven million pounds if she did not break any conditions.

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Despite Holmes and Foxx's many protestations, the media continued to circulate rumours that the two were involved, even as early as six months after Holmes' divorce settlement was finalised in 2012.

Holmes and Foxx were first spotted together when she and her then-husband, Tom Cruise attended a NFL game in 2006. And after the divorce, they were papped on several notable occasions: they were seen dancing together at a charity benefit in The Hamptons, Katie was a guest at Foxx's surprise birthday party and she was also in the audience when Foxx performed with Barbara Streisand in 2016.

And just last year, one of Foxx's close friends, Claudia Jordan, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star, nearly let it slip that the two were involved, when she said that Jamie was "very happy" with Katie.

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So just how did Jamie and Katie managed to hide their relationship for all of that time? According to The Daily Mail, the pair were able to stop any pictures of them surfacing because they used to meet at each other's houses. Katie also used to regularly disguise herself with wigs and hats in order to meet her beau without anyone being none the wiser.

Well congratulations to the happy couple, we're sure that they are very relieved to be out in the open... at last!

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