Katie Holmes Is Facing Online Abuse Over Her Relationship With Emilio Vitolo

Katie Holmes and new boyfriend Emilio Vitolo are facing online abuse, after news broke that Vitolo was reportedly engaged when they got together.

  • Katie Holmes and new boyfriend Emilio Vitolo (opens in new tab) have recently been spotted on a series of PDA-filled dates in New York City.
  • Vitolo was reportedly engaged to fashion designer Rachel Emmons when he and Holmes got together, and ended things when the first photos of his dates with Holmes emerged.
  • Holmes and Vitolo, upsettingly, are now facing abuse online.

Well, this is depressing: Katie Holmes and new boyfriend Emilio Vitolo are facing an onslaught of online abuse, after news broke that Vitolo was reportedly already engaged when they got together (opens in new tab). Holmes and Vitolo have been snapped on a series of PDA-heavy dates over the past few weeks, but it recently emerged that Vitolo ended his relationship with fashion designer Rachel Emmons on the same day the first photos were published.

Speaking to the Daily Mail last week, a friend of Emmons said, "Up to this press coming out Rachel had no idea what was going on," adding, "He is a cheater, and this isn't a 'happy ending' story." The friend continued, "They had concrete wedding plans in the works…now she is just left with bad press and forced to move home." Which yes, is messy if true, but does not remotely justify online harassment.

Alas, the comments on Holmes' latest Instagram post, a video of what looks like a geyser, took a turn for the nasty when the news broke, with multiple commenters calling her a "homewrecker." Vitolo, meanwhile, is also receiving abuse on his most recent post (opens in new tab), a call for justice for George Floyd he shared in June. A thought: Perhaps we shouldn't attack people we do not know regarding matters that do not concern us?

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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.