I love my small, unassuming Whole Foods on 23rd/7th - then Katie & Suri moved in next door. now the paparazzi are on constant alert there.
When I arrived outside Katie Holmes’ apartment building on 7th Avenue and 24th Street in New York on Tuesday, 12 days after the actress announced her divorce from Tom Cruise and one day after the divorce was finalized, about a dozen paparazzi lined the sidewalk. Holmes had recently been inside the building’s ground-floor Whole Foods, which she has visited numerous times in the past two weeks. But the photographers didn’t expect a photo out of it. Nearly every lingering photographer seemed to have figured out that Holmes has a way of getting into the store from inside her swanky apartment building, The Chelsea Mercantile at 252 7th Avenue.
Enter Whole Foods with a camera, and you’ll encounter a burly security guard at the entrance making it clear that photographers looking to photograph Holmes are unwelcome. (BuzzFeed’s photographer was asked to put a lens cap on his camera when we entered the store. “Absolutely no photos allowed,” the guard said. “And no, I cannot answer any questions.”)
So photographers must wait outside for a street shot in the open air. She’s gone outside almost every day post-divorce filing so far, so why should she stop now?
Paparazzi surround Holmes in Times Square on July 2. Photo: Splash
The New York Daily News published a photo of Holmes inside the Whole Foods, but Carmen Valdes, the owner of Photo Image Press who was staking out the block, said it was almost certainly arranged. “The newspaper probably called her publicist, to make a set-up shot. They do that,” she explained. “It was definitely arranged. If any of us were to just go inside, we’d get called out.”
Though the masses might perceive the paparazzi as at odds with their celebrity subjects and their publicists, the photographers outside Holmes’ apartment tell a different story. Most wouldn’t sneak inside the grocery store incognito to snap photos of Holmes, Valdes reasoned, because they wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of Holmes’ “people.” Other photographers on the scene didn’t want to even share their names, for fear that revealing any information they might have about Holmes’s situation to press could damage their reputations. Most refused to be quoted whatsoever.
Though the scene outside the building was mostly tame during the hour I was there, neighborhood residents have been complaining about the paparazzi’s presence on Twitter.
Photographers outside the garage connected to Holmes’ building on July 3.
Police have made some attempts to control the group of photographers — they’ve been asked to stand behind a barricade at times, and one photographer said his car was towed because he had an invalid press pass in the window — but Valdes said New York cops tend to leave paparazzi alone. “That’s the beauty of New York City,” she said. “If this was LA, we would be arrested for loitering or God knows what. LA doesn’t play, they’re for real.”
Photos: Michael Schmidt / BuzzFeed
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Some may say that Katie Holmes had her eyes wide shut when she married Tom Cruise, but at the time she had just gotten out of a relationship with Jerry Maguire and in her desperation Tom seemed one of only a few good men who had all the right moves. The way she was courted seemed stuff of legend. One cocktail after another, tons of magnolia flowers, katies favorite. All fianlly culminating in a proposal, at which time Tom flaunted the color of money and presented Katie with what some will consider a rock of ages. The stone was so big it has since been given a nickname “Valkyrie.” Their’s seemed like an endless love, though some said he was losin it when he jumped on Oprah’s couch and all out did taps on the stage… Soon after, they wed and had their daughter Suri, who was born on the fourth of July. The tropic thunder started when Tom’s involvement with the church of scientology began to get out of hand. Some say the church fools followers into mistaking lions for lambs with their propaganda and began using Tom as their top gun for recruitment. Over time Tom became increasingly wrapped up in scientology or “the firm” as Katie called it. Suddenly his behavior before and after Suri’s birth seemed like knight and day. Soon the church made Katie’s family by her own account, “the outsiders.” Those close to Katie became a minority, report friends. Finally Katie was separated from all her loved ones and she felt as though she were the Last Samurai next to Tom. Katie had to take on the risky business of getting away from Tom. She did it in a series of 4 planned steps that those would seem impossible. Mission: impossible 1- hiding away funds for the separation, Mission: Impossible 2 - keeping a distance from Tom while planning, Mission: Impossible 3 – Keeping it all a secret from Tom and the public, ending in what Katie began calling the final step Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol, in which she would officially separate from Tom. What ensued was basically a war of the worlds between the two which is still ongoing. Asking questions to Tom about the split feels similar to an interview with a vampire, his mood subdued and mute. Katie hopes that their daughter will not be made collateral damage in the press tornado that will follow. I know that I truly hope the days of thunder are over for Katie and Suri and they will have a future filled with vanilla skies instead of rain, man.
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