All eyes have been on Katie Holmes since she announced her intention to divorce Tom Cruise.
And despite the difficulty of the situation, the star has remained upbeat, sending out a positive message to fans.
The 33-year-old brunette spent Independence Day out and about in New York with the couple's daughter, Suri. When asked by reporters how she was coping with the separation, Katie said: "I'm all right. Thank you."
Weeks earlier, she hinted about her life entering a "new phase" during a chat with Elle magazine.
"I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin," she said of being in her 30s.
"I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it's like you're trying too hard to figure everything out. I'm starting to come into my own."
Recent pictures of the actress confirm her newfound confidence. She has been a tower of strength for Suri, whom she said is her "primary concern".
The mother and daughter team were spotted cuddling and enjoying a late night ice cream in New York on Tuesday evening.
On the same day, Tom was named Hollywood's highest earner and turned 50 without seeing his estranged wife or their daughter.
According to People, he spent the milestone birthday with his teenage kids Connor and Bella – from his relationship with former wife Nicole Kidman – and members of his extended family.
In support of his superstar dad, Connor, 17, tweeted: "Friends come and go, but family is forever".
An insider also told the US publication that the day was "sombre" affair, adding that the atmosphere was "Just very, very sad."
Meanwhile, Katie is seeking sole custody of Suri – who is said to be talking to her dad every day on the phone.
There were reports that the actress' legal team had filed for an emergency custody and child support hearing, raising the possibility that the estranged couple would face each other for the first time since separating.
However, her representatives have since denied the claim.
"Other than her action for divorce, the only pending application filed by Ms Holmes remains her request for an anonymous caption," her lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said.