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Katie Holmes has a late, long and flirty goodbye with handsome mystery man

New York Daily News
By Confidenti@l

Katie Holmes may have dived into the New York City dating pool. The “Dead Accounts” actress and mom to 6-year-old daughter Suri was spotted with a handsome guy who walked her inside her Chelsea building late Saturday night and lingered while they said an extended goodbye.

“They were saying a long, long goodnight, talking and looking pretty romantic in the lobby around 2 a.m.,” an eyewitness tells Confidenti@l’s Marianne Garvey. “He looked like a finance type, was wearing classic Cole Haan shoes and a navy pea coat. He walked her to the elevator and then she said ‘good night’ and smiled.

Our spy also says Holmes, who turned 34 on Tuesday, looked “gorgeous,” dressed simply in a white Burberry trench with jeans and flats and was leaning against the wall “twirling her hair with one leg up. She was very pretty and very flirty.”

Holmes’ rep tells us despite the flirty interaction, the man is Holmes’ gay best friend. Meanwhile, her ex-hubby Tom Cruise, who canceled the Pittsburgh premiere of “Jack Reacher” out of respect for the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, was in Pittsburgh last night at an advanced screening of the movie held for local fans. There was no red carpet.

He also promoted the flick on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Tuesday, in full crazy Cruise mode, playing water war with Fallon using an enormous water gun and getting a pitcher of water dumped on his face.

Cruise will see daughter Suri for the holidays, but the 6-year-old will be with Holmes on Christmas day. For her first Christmas without her parents, Suri, who will reportedly be gifted a $24,000 playhouse, has asked Santa for salsa classes and singing lessons. “She can really sing and she’s a really talented little girl,” says a source. “She’s really normal and just cares about hanging out with her friends.”