By Amber Goodhand - Radar News Editor
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise announced their shocking split in late June, but it turns out the wheels may already have been in motion for months before â" when Katie fired Tom's daughter Bella Cruise from her clothing company.
A source close to the family claims that Bella worked for Katie's Holmes and Yang line and was suddenly terminated for no reason.
"There was never any trouble between them," the source told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Bella called Katie âMom.â She was fired out of the blue, and once Katie filed for divorce, it all made sense. This was a carefully planned ambush. Katie didnât want Bella working for her anymore because she was Tomâs kid."
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Katie and Tom settled their divorce on Monday and their six-year-old daughter, Suri, will continue to live with Katie in New York City while Tom will have generous visitation rights.
"Katie insisted that Suri's nanny and bodyguards always accompany her when she visits Tom. Katie did this for several reasons; this will ensure a smooth and easy transition for Suri when she is with Tom," a source close to the situation exclusively told us.
âSuri is Katie's number one priority. Tom only has Scientologists that work for him and Katie insisted that her staff will always be with their daughter. Under terms of the settlement, Suri isn't permitted to be exposed to anything Scientology related and this includes going to any Scientology churches, parties, etc. Katie made sure that this was ironclad in the agreement."
Former Scientology exec, Karen De La Carriere, told The Hollywood Reporter that Katie's move to fire Bella was courageous and called the entire divorce an "ambush."
"This was a very bold move on Katieâs part, but at the same time she knows these are different times and she has more support," Karen said.
"Katie ambushed Tom Cruise and in so doing outwitted some of the most controlling people on Earth."