Tom Cruise Opens Up About Abandoning His Daughter, Suri Cruise, with Ex-Wife Katie Holmes

Not so sur­pris­ingly, Tom Cruise’s par­ent­ing skills have been called into ques­tion cour­tesy of a celebrity tabloid that accused the 50-year-old actor of “aban­don­ing” his seven-year-old daugh­ter, Suri, since his mar­riage dra­mat­i­cally ended with her mother, 34-year-old Katie Holmes.

The recent claims forced Cruise to defend his rep­u­ta­tion as a father and he’s going as far as suing the pub­lisher for a whop­ping $50.0 mil­lion. “I have in no way cut Suri out of my life—whether phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally, finan­cially or oth­er­wise,” he stated in the legal papers. He also added that, although Holmes has pri­mary cus­tody, he and his daugh­ter have a “won­der­ful rela­tion­ship” and are still very close, even with his work sched­ule often tak­ing him overseas.

Inter­est­ingly, Cruise wrote in the doc­u­ments that he has been in fre­quent con­tact with “Suri’s mother” via e-mail. How­ever, through­out the doc­u­ment, Cruise report­edly never men­tions Holmes by name, only refer­ring to her as either Suri’s mother or his ex-wife, which sug­gests that there may still be some hard feel­ings between the for­mer celebrity couple.

It’s hard to know for sure what their rela­tion­ship has become, espe­cially since Cruise has only spo­ken once about the famous demise of their May-December marriage—Holmes stunned every­one in 2012 when she unex­pect­edly filed for divorce from Cruise because of his devo­tion to the Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy. “I didn’t expect it,” Cruise said in an inter­view after their mar­riage ended. “To be 50 and to have expe­ri­ences and to think you have a grip on every­thing, and then it hits you—this is it, what life can do to you.”

What do you think: Can a divorced cou­ple still co-parent successfully?


Buck­land, L., et al., “Tom Cruise denies aban­don­ing daugh­ter Suri and breaks silence over ‘shock’ Katie Holmes split,’ Mir­ror web site, Novem­ber 6, 2013;

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  • erica

    I still love Tom Cruise.

  • Mr_Inver

    Can’t stand the guy.…..