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Katie Holmes: Dating, but Tom Cruise left emotional scars

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Holmes cautious of giving up her freedom

Katie Holmes is dating but insiders say the emotional scars from her bizarre relationship with Tom Cruise are holding her back in her love life.

It's easy to understand why Katie Holmes might be hesitant to get serious with a new guy. Holmes' relationship with Tom Cruise seemed to border on the bizarre for several years. Following Holmes' divorce from movie star Cruise after five years of marriage, there were immediate reports that Cruise's dedication to the controversial religion Scientology were to blame.

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Some speculate Katie Holmes even needed a secret cell phone in order to make divorce plans from Cruise. Creepy. Whatever the reason, Holmes filed for divorce, received a sizable payout and she's now been single for seven months.

Now, Holmes is back on the dating scene but the psychological damage from a failed marriage — and perhaps from being married to Tom Cruise — might be preventing Katie from taking that next major leap with someone special.

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A source for RadarOnline says Katie Holmes can't imagine giving up her new freedom and worries that getting serious with a new guy would entail major personal sacrifices. "Katie's in a dilemma because she wants to date but is concerned where it could lead from there," an inside source close Holmes reveals. "She's worried that if she commits herself fully to another man, she will have to give up the freedom she's enjoying so much at the moment. As a single woman, she has no one controlling her nowadays, telling her what to do or who to see and she absolutely loves it."

Perhaps it's worth noting, Katie, but healthy, committed relationships don't involve that level of control.

Ever the romantic, Katie Holmes still holds out hope that she'll find a great guy. Says RadarOnline's source, "However, at the same time, she also missed being with someone special to share experiences with and she doesn't want to be alone for the rest of her life. She's just a little nervous and cautious about relationships right now."

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