For most of her adult life, Katie Holmes has avoided the spotlight.
She's kept a low profile. She's rarely given interviews. She only shares small snippets of her life on social media.
Then, earlier this year, she was photographed gloriously snogging a younger man outside of a restaurant in Manhattan.
Being photographed kissing someone in public was an unusual move for Holmes, but this week, just four months later, the man pictured took their relationship one step further.
Holmes' boyfriend, Emilio Vitolo Jr, shared a picture of the pair on social media, professing his love for Holmes and wishing her a happy 42nd birthday.
It marks a turning point in her life.
The photos prove that Holmes finally feels free to live her life on her own terms.
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The now 42-year-old actress first came into the public eye when she starred as Joey Potter in the 90s teen drama, Dawson's Creek.
She was just 19 years old when she filmed the first season. In the early years of Dawson's Creek, Holmes dated her co-star Joshua Jackson. She later became engaged to teen movie star, Chris Klein.
Dawson's Creek ran for six seasons, and during its run and in the immediate years after it, Holmes starred in a bunch of cult movies including First Daughter, Teaching Mrs Tingle, Disturbing Behaviour and Go.
Then in 2005, Holmes landed her biggest, most controversial role to date. She became Tom Cruise's wife.
The pair initially met in April of that year when Cruise allegedly orchestrated a meeting between them because he was romantically interested in Holmes.
In May 2005, one month after they met, Cruise appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he declared his love for Holmes, and jumped on the couch.