Katie Holmes, C Magazine Cover

C Magazine

Timing is everything. And C Magazine is probably tripping over itself with glee having not only bagged celeb of the moment Katie Holmes as its September issue cover girl, but also having the fortune (or misfortune?) of interviewing her just one day before news of her divorce broke.

So, was the pachyderm present and accounted for in the interview room? And did Katie drop any hints about her imminent foray into becoming the ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise?

Depends on whom you ask.

If you take Katie's words to the magazine at face value, it seems pretty much media-trained par for the course.

"I'm ready to take on some more challenging roles," she said. "I feel like I worked so much at such a young age that I really wanted to have life experiences. I feel more balanced and like I have more to bring to the table. I always felt like I wanted to catch up [in my personal life] to what I was doing [in my career]."

Nothing out of the ordinary there, then. She also took time to wax party-line philosophical about her clothing line. But then things became more interesting when asked if daughter Suri brought Holmes closer to her soon-to-be estranged hubby.

"I don't know. I mean...I don't know," Holmes said. "People have been having babies a long time."

As for Cruise himself, Holmes made no direct mention of him. As in, none. At all. Which, according to the interviewer, was a sign in itself that there was perhaps trouble brewing in paradise that, within 24 hours, would bubble right over.

"Going back over the tapes, there were signs: Holmes was certainly very aware of herself, laying a couple cards on the table but never showing her whole hand," writer Kelsey McKinnon told WWD of the encounter. "Most noticeably, the one name decisively absent from her lexicon: Tom Cruise. She never actually refers to him by name over pages and pages of transcription."

Perhaps because she knew, what with the timing and all, anything she said would be parsed and analyzed to within an inch of its life? Good thing that's not happening.

Oh, wait.

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