Victoria Beckham has been helping Katie Holmes through her split with Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes decided to divorce Tom Cruise after having a series of secret chats with BFF Victoria Beckham, Now can reveal.

The actress had intimate discussions with Posh, 38, before taking the brave decision to end her five-year marriage.

Our source says: 'Victoria's been a real tower of strength.

'Katie's seen how a normal marriage should function by being around Victoria and David Beckham, so she knew that something was wrong with her relationship with Tom.

'She and Victoria have been talking a lot. Posh has been trying not to take sides, but she has let Katie know she'll be there for her whatever she chooses to do.'  

Former Dawson's Creek star Katie, 33, 'blind-sided' Tom by filing divorce papers on 29 June and asking for sole custody of daughter Suri, 6.

Yesterday, the couple reached a settlement to avoid a messy court battle.  

Read the full story about Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise in Now magazine dated 16 July 2012 - out now!

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