Katie Holmes & 6 Other Celebrities Who Are Happier Post-Divorce

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As someone who spent her formative years completely obsessed with Dawson's Creek, I was super excited when Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah's couch to proclaim his love for Katie Holmes. Not only was it revealed that Cruise was Holmes' teenage celebrity crush, but they also produced who we now know as one of the most stylish and adorable offspring in the history of kids: Suri. What's not to like here? Well...

A lot. While she was married to Cruise, Holmes' formerly explosive fame fell by the wayside as he influenced her to spend more time converting to Scientology... which, ironically enough, ended up being the root of why their marriage failed. Now, Holmes seems way better off without him. Not only does she actually seem happier, but she's also able to get her career back on track. And according to what she told People when she covered the mag this week? Her life has improved tenfold since splitting with Cruise.

"I don't have any fear now, I don't have a lot of rules for myself, and I don't take myself that seriously," she said. "I don't want that moment in my life to define me, to be who I am. I don't want that to be what I'm known as. I was an actor before, an actor during and an actor now."

Unfortunately, the reality of many celebrity weddings like Holmes and Cruise's is that they just don't last. The upside? In some situations, this is actually not a bad thing. There are a lot of celebs who, like Holmes, are better off now that they've made the split from the former loves of their lives. Who are they?

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