Nicole Kidman has publicly kept her lips zipped over Katie and Tom's divorce, but Us Weekly says the Oscar winner privately reached out to her marital successor.
"They've spoken over the last few weeks," asserts a source. "Nicole has been supportive, saying she's been through it, too, and to hang in there."
While Kidman, like Holmes, was 33 when her marriage to Cruise hit the skids, their split played out far differently. She was blindsided when the actor filed for divorce in 2001, just months after they celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary.
When asked about the reasons behind the breakup, Tom is said to have cryptically replied, "Nicole knows why."
Though the exes reportedly hammered out a joint-custody arrangement for kids Bella, 19, and Connor, 17, Kidman's contact with them has been limited in recent years. One suspected reason: The kids are Scientologists; Nicole is not.
Holmes had the advantage of seeing how her husband's previous divorce played out, along with receiving the supposed counsel of Mrs. Cruise No. 2 (for the record, Kidman's reps deny they've spoken).
"Nicole offered her support and help," says the source, who adds that Katie "reached out" to Nicole when she hit the "breaking point" in her marriage. "She has been a private friend not many people know about."