How Did Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Meet? A Look Back at The Long-Rumored Romance
By John Boone
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Should we call them JamKat?
Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes are dating, multiple sources confirm to ET. Rumors have swirled around the two for years, though neither party would ever make it official. On Tuesday, Foxx's "good friend," reality star Claudia Jordan, revealed that the romance is very much still on -- and then quickly backpedaled, telling ET she "misspoke."
So, when did this romance begin? And where? How? Why?
Let's start with some backstory in the form of a fun fact: Foxx starred with Holmes' ex-husband, Tom Cruise, in 2004's Collateral. (The one where Foxx plays a taxi driver and Cruise plays a homicidal maniac. It was pretty good.) It was the year before Cruise and Holmes would begin dating.
Sept. 2006: A few months after Holmes gave birth to the couple's daughter, Suri, and ahead of their big, Italian wedding, Holmes and Foxx actually crossed paths at a Monday Night Football game -- Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins, in case you were wondering -- and posed for photos alongside Cruise.
June 2012: Five and a half years after tying the knot and over seven years after Tom Cruise ("TOOOOOM CRUIIIIISE") infamously jumped on the couch of once popular daytime talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, Holmes filed for divorce.
(Foxx, meanwhile, has always been tightlipped about his relationships. He has previously been linked to the likes of Meagan Good and Fantasia Barrino, but his last 100 percent, confirmed-confirmed romance was sometime in 2008-09, because his daughter, Annalise, was born in Aug. 2009. You do the math. He has never revealed the names of his daughter's mothers.)
Aug. 2013: Foxx and Holmes were first linked romantically after they danced together onstage at the 4th Annual Apollo in the Hamptons Benefit. Reports then claimed that he was spending "a lot of time" at her NYC apartment.
Oct. 2013: In an exclusive sit-down interview, Foxx told ET that reports of a relationship were "one hundred percent not true," but said he found them plenty amusing. "It's quite hilarious because we simply danced at a charity event along with a lot of other people," he exclusively told ET's Nancy O'Dell.
Still, the rumors persisted and the next month the Oscar winner doubled down, joking to ABC News, "I had Colin Powell on stage dancing, so they could have said me and Colin Powell were dating!"
March 2015: Nearly a year and a half later, a grainy pic surfaced in the tabloids that appeared to show Holmes and Foxx holding hands in his home recording studio. Us Weekly reported their relationship "started as a fling," but "has since become a long-term attraction."
May 2015: Foxx, once again, adamantly denied the two were anything more than just friends. "What I've learned about society today is that they're so thirsty. Especially in tabloid world and social media world, they're so thirsty to find any story," he said. "Sometimes when you read the stuff you're like, 'Wow! That's so not true!'
It's worth noting that, at the time, Foxx claimed he and Holmes were actually recording voice-overs for an animated series called Amber Alert. A cursory glance at each actor's IMDb profile indicates that this project does not exist, as Holmes' voice over work consists solely of "Older Laura" in 2013's Underdogs, while Foxx's starts and ends with Rio and Rio 2, respectively.
Jan. 2016: Four years after her very public divorce from Cruise, Holmes was asked about her dating life in a MORE magazine cover story and effectively shut talk down by saying, "That's not something I want to answer."
"[I don't] have a five or 10-year plan," the 37-year-old actress did reveal. "I feel like I'm still a teenager in a lot of ways. I do a lot of things I did then. I paint, I color. I cook sometimes. I still feel like a girl. I don't quite feel like a woman, maybe because I'm the baby of my family. I'll probably be 90 and feel like, 'Not a woman yet!'"
June 2016: Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan was asked about Foxx, 48, and Holmes' relationship on the "Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss" podcast and replied, "He is very happy with her, so I like that he seems very happy."
As her comments became headlines, the reality star quickly walked back on them, exclusively telling ET's Kevin Frazier that she didn't have "this bombshell story." "I have no knowledge of Jamie with Katie at all," she claimed. "I've never seen them together. He's never told me he's dating her."
ET has reached out to both Foxx and Holmes for comment.
Listen to Jordan's comments about JamKat in the video below.