There was definitely a light at the end of the tunnel for Nicole Kidman -- and now for Katie Holmes, too.
As reported exclusively in the new Us Weekly, out now, Holmes leaned on Tom Cruise's second ex-wife for advice and support in the final days of her marriage, as she plotted and built up the courage to divorce Cruise, 50, after nearly six years together.
Although Holmes, 33, and Kidman spoke "over the last few weeks" leading up to Holmes' June 28 divorce filing (she and Cruise announced they'd settled the dispute last Monday), their secret friendship began soon after Holmes wed Cruise in 2006. "They spoke when Nicole called the kids [Isabella, 19, and Connor, 17]," the source says. "She knows what it's like in that . . . house."
Kidman recently admitted to Marie Claire that divorcing Cruise after 11 years together was definitely traumatic.