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As rumors fly about the state of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's six-month-old marriage, friends of the pair are stepping forward to defend them.

Previously, we heard from Jenna Elfman. Now, Jada Pinkett Smith, who, with husband Will Smith, is a longtime friend of the couple, tells People what life is really like in the Cruise-Holmes household:

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I met [Katie Holmes] through Tom. I didn't know her before Tom. I think everybody has this image: Poor little Kate, she doesn't have the strength to take care of herself. People don't know that behind all that grace is a tiger. I've witnessed it! I've had conversations with Kate personally where the tigress comes out of her, that fight.

There was one incident when I turned to Will â€" we were in their dining room, just the four of us, we were sitting and talking â€" Kate made a comment, and that was the moment I was like, "You know what? I can ride with her." She made it very clear she wasn't standing for people messing with her family. She is extremely protective. But at the same time she's so graceful.

I can see how people wouldn't see this, but when you look at Kate now [compared to] when she first met Tom Cruise, she's more confident and more knowing who she is than ever before. You can see it in her pictures.

She looks more beautiful and more confident and more assured. I've watched that metamorphosis â€" how Kate has blossomed into this woman. Because her life changed very quickly, she moved from one person into another.

On reports that Holmes is a prisoner without bars:

It burns my soul â€" I see her in the house with Tom; he doesn't have that on her! It kills me. 'Tom's this monster and she's living a tortured life, he's got her chained up in the basement and he's forcing Scientology down her throat' â€" it's bulls---. Let me tell you: Kate ain't no little wimpy kitty cat. It's not that ballgame. For real.

I see how protective she is over her family and her husband. She very much carries the idea that people better not [mess] with my family. She gets fired up. When she gets to that mode, it makes me step back. I was like, 'Okay!' And Tom looks at me and goes, 'See? See? Did you see that?' And I go, "Yeah, I saw that â€" hell yeah.' It amazes me.

She's got a quiet thunder. When she walks into a room, or you see her in a magazine â€" it's a thunder that people are attracted to.

It's quiet and it's very subtle, but it's extremely powerful. What's great about Kate is that she doesn't wear who she is on her sleeve, and that makes people so interested in her. That in itself is quite a power, and she knows it.

Kate is smart, let me just put it like that.

People think Tom and the Church of Scientology got something on Kate? They don't. Kate is running her own show. And she's a great mother.

Her kids â€" Connor and Isabella and Suri â€" are some dynamic children and are extremely happy. And her husband is very, very happy.

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Where the hell has Dharma been for the last 10 years?

Evidently, practicing some serious Scientology.

Big-Time Movie Star

So it's no surprise that Jenna Elfman is shooting down reports that the marriage of her friend, Tom Cruise, is unstable.

"Honestly, they're happy," Elfman, 35, said of TomKat at Thursday's Healthy Child Healthy World benefit in Santa Monica.

"They have a great life and they love each other. For some reason, the media cannot experience that. They must put in things other than the simplicity of it."

Several recent tabloid stories have alleged that Katie Holmes has been living in a "prison-like" environment and that Cruise is pushing her hard to adopt his many spiritual beliefs.

Elfman, who attended the couple's lavish wedding in Italy in November, says such stories are pure crap.

"It's totally irrelevant, because it's so absolutely not that. It's hard to give a detailed explanation on something that's simple. Honestly, do any of you have a great boyfriend or girlfriend? It's not a big deal, right? You have fun hanging out, and you like talking and sharing your ideas. It's exciting. That's their relationship."

Cruise and Katie Holmes have been spending time in Louisiana lately while Katie films the comedy, Mad Money, with Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton.

Last week, they threw a first birthday party for daughter Suri Cruise at their Los Angeles home, welcoming many friends including Brooke Shields.

Jenna Elfman is herself seven months pregnant with her first child with husband Bodhi, 37, and tells People she's hoping the give birth naturally.

"Bodies have been giving birth for a really long time," she said. "I want to know what it's like to go through that process. I'm just going to be as focused and patient as I can be."

Well we're happy for her. Add Elfman to the list of random celebrities to defend Tom Cruise in the last few months. Leah Remini, you've got company.

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Katie Holmes has hardly left Tom Cruise's side since they began dating in April 2005.

However, that support has caused her much grief.

Fashion-Challenged Mother and Daughter

According to one Hollywood insider, the actress, who gave birth to daughter Suri Cruise last year, has been told by her kooky husband to attend "mommy classes" taught by Scientology "handlers."

"There are parenting classes," a Scientology source confirms.

"Katie Holmes was quite offended by that," the source tells Us Weekly.

"Can you imagine when you're 28 and have your first child to be told you need to go to this church to become a better mom?"

Holmes now finds herself surrounded by fellow Scientologists, an exception being Victoria Beckham, who one Hollywood insider describes as "her link to the outside world."

Wow. We've talked before about Holmes' battle and how she is a prisoner without bars. But when Victoria Beckham is your link to the outside world ... that's pretty f*%ked up.

From the time TomKat began dating, the actress - who, pre-Tom Cruise, did interviews without a publicist - has been assigned a Scientology "minder," whose job, according to a Scientology expert, is "to make sure that nothing is said or done that would be critical of the church."

In fact, virtually everyone on the couple's staff is a member of the Church of Scientology.

"Everyone who works with Tom is technically minding Katie," a source dished.

So why does Katie stay? What will Suri Cruise's life be like growing up as a Scientologist? What did Tom's ex, Nicole Kidman, think about all this?

Only time will tell, celebrity gossip followers. Only time will tell.

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You can see the expression of excitement on her cute, possibly Asian face. The adorable little Suri Cruise is amped up for the birthday part of her friend Grier (who's one)... and she's already got a present picked out.Check it out!

Suri's dad, Tom Cruise, also looks to be in a pleasant mood - surprising, perhaps, since Grier is the daughter of his one-time arch-nemesis, Brooke Shields. They've since buried the post-partum depression hatchet, though, so all is well.

Free Suri!

As for Katie Holmes, she seems slightly less enthused about the party. This may be because she's brainwashed, submissive, mute and a on a real short leash. But that's just a guess.

It's good to see Suri Cruise, who also just celebrated her birthday, smiling and having fun. Check out our gallery of Suri Cruise pictures for more images of this cutie pie.

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Yes, the youngest-ever Vanity Fair cover star celebrates the big "1″ today.

Crazy to think that it's been a full year since she was birthed by crazy Katie Holmes. It brings a tear to The Hollywood Gossip's eye.

Katie and Suri Cruise

Not since Howard Hughes has a celebrity so successfully combined fame and reclusiveness like Tom and Katie's little Asian baby, Suri Cruise

Representatives for TomKat are releasing no plans of birthday preparations.

However, sources say this celebrity baby birthday is likely to be celebrated in Shreveport, La., where Katie is filming her new movie Mad Money with Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah.

It's her first film since she began her relationship with Tom Cruise.

Rumor has it he's already on his way down there, to celebrate the big day and to make sure his wrongfully imprisoned bride is under his command.

"She is already down there, and Tom and Suri will be flying in," says our source, who did not say just how short Katie's leash is.

In a change of PR reps, Holmes, the possible unnamed subject of a new novel, recently retained West Coast powerhouse Ina Treciokas as her spokeswoman.

"It's part of a plan to normalize the PR, to get it back to what it was before Tom freaked out," says another insider.

"They realize the problems all began when Tom hired his Scientology sister Lee Anne [DeVette] to run the show."

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TMZ has learned that a woman was arrested in front of the Beverly Hills mansion of Tom Cruise after someone inside the estate tipped off police.

According to police sources, and relayed to us by TMZ, 32-year-old Emily Diane Leatherman, a known transient, was arrested in front of the movie star's home for receiving known stolen property and for violating a court order. It is not yet clear which court order was violated.

Not His Best Look

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The crazy thing? This isn't the first time that Leatherman - who is currently being held at a Beverly Hills jail on $45,000 bail - has been in the news for stalking!

Last year, a judge ordered her to stay at least 500 feet away from John Cusack after the actor claimed that she showed "an unusual interest by stalking, throwing a long letter of interest over my fence in bags with rocks and screwdrivers inside."

Always classy. Leatherman insisted that she was only trying to contact famous people to have them tell her tale of being sexually assaulted and harassed.

Yeah, yeah. That's probably what Dominick Giordano said when he got busted for stalking Michelle Branch earlier this week. It's the oldest story in the book, lady.

We're just glad that little Asian cutie Suri Cruise and her brainwashed mother, Katie Holmes, weren't exposed to any harm as a result of this lunatic.

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When Tom Cruise lets his inner control freak get the best of him, there's one person Katie Holmes knows she can count on for a shoulder to cry on:

Victoria Beckham, Daughter

No, not little Asian baby Suri Cruise.

We're talking about BFF Victoria Beckham.

"Katie has been crying over the phone," an insider tells Us Weekly in its most recent cover story. "She is frustrated. [Tom Cruise] is denying her every single thing."

Once, Katie and Victoria, a.k.a. PoshKat, talked on the phone for four hours.

Victoria Beckham has seen how domineering Cruise can be first-hand.

A source close to the 44-year-old movie star tells Us that he is relentlessly trying to convince the former Spice Girl and her husband, soccer star David Beckham, to convert to his religion.

"Victoria is sick and tired of Tom being on her back about Scientology," says a source close to the Beckhams, who are relocating to L.A. soon.

"Victoria is an old-fashioned British woman who believes in God. She finds it quite rude that Tom is bugging her so much. Not too long ago, Tom left 18 messages in one hour to get them to join the church."

The source adds that Victoria and her giant boobs, which are set to star in a reality show debuting soon, has put her foot down to Tom's pressure.

"When she says no, she means no."

Just what Britney Spears says about drugs.

For what it's worth, Cruise's rep denies it, saying, "This is completely false. Tom does not and never has encouraged anyone to adopt Scientology."

Sure thing, babe. And Lauren Conrad has never made a bad dating decision. Sorry, LC. You know we love you - and that you're smart enough to admit mistakes and learn from them.

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Granted, that's his wife. But rumors have been swirling that Katie Holmes may be pregnant once again, so we can only speculate that all of Tom Cruise's weekend balling wasn't confined to the basketball court...

Tom, Kat

As for the woman on the far right, that's Suri Cruise's grandma. Or Katie Holmes' mama, to put it another way. As was the case the previous time we spotted her, she looks absolutely thrilled to be with her nutty family members - as one can only expect, given the non-stop excitement that is TomKat.

Most likely they're on their way to some sort of sweet Scientology seminar. Or a soccer game. We know Tom Cruise also enjoys balls of that sort.

THG NOTE: If you're dying for more dreadful puns blending the topics of sports and sex, please check out our Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen news sections.

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Are Tom Cruise and his brainwashed, submissive, mute, formerly hot wife expecting yet another visit from the stork in the near future?

According to TMZ, a TomKat confidante went to trendy West Hollywood baby boutique Petit Tresor last week, looking for four "scenarios" for a boy's nursery.

Suri Scores Toys

The friend of Cruise and Katie Holmes was overheard saying:

"We want to be prepared for a baby boy."

Awesome.

We're told the interested themes for unnamed baby boy's room were: sports, nursery rhyme, Scientology, cartoon and the color blue.

Just kidding about the middle one. What would that consist of, though? A bunch of aliens landing and populating the planet and jumping on couches, probably.

Anyway. The estimated cost for an eggshell, blue-themed room alone is a steep $45,000 - but includes a custom-made blue and white antique crib, blue bedding and blue walls with floating clouds, so it's so worth it.

Well, if you're having an alien baby, anyway. Personally, we'd save our money for more important things. Like a Lauren Conrad-inspired wardrobe.

Moving on. The shop was also given a deadline of April 15, three days before little Asian cutie Suri Cruise's first birthday, to come up with the designs.

If the Cruises are expecting a little brother for Suri in the near future, the question is: Is Katie Holmes already preggers, or will said boy arrive via a Third World shopping spree?

Regardless of whether Katie is knocked up like Bridget Moynahan or hunting for an adopted child abroad like Brangelina, the bottom line remains the same:

TomKat is just plain strange.

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Tom Cruise hearts Katie Holmes.

A lot.

A Happy Family

So much so that the crazy, male half of TomKat is going to spend every day on the set of her new film.

Every. Single. Day.

According to the New York Post, Katie Holmes will be going to Shreveport, La., to begin work on Mad Money, a chick-buddy-heist flick also starring Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah, in the next month or so.

And the ever-present, possibly insane Tom has told the producers that he's planning to be on set every day, with baby Suri Cruise in tow.

What's more, an industry insider says that Tom personally chose the movie for Katie because there's no love interest for her and no love scenes.

In other words, no crotch shot potential.

Talk about a tight leash. For the record, a producer for Mad Money tells the Post he doesn't know if Cruise'll be around, and a TomKat rep had no comment.

We can only wonder if Scientology handlers will be on hand as well. You know, in case Katie should be propositioned by any impostors.

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Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Tom Cruise Quotes

I was feeling pressed in the interview with Matt Lauer. For me, my issue was really about child drugging. It's not like it is today, like people are really kind of openly talking about this.

Tom Cruise [on Matt Lauer interview]

I can't even articulate it, to be honest. That feeling, that connection. Just who she is and what she means to me.

Tom Cruise [on feelings for Katie Holmes]
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