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Why Does Tom Cruise Not See His Daughter Suri Cruise Who He Shares with Katie Holmes?

Dayna Remus
May 19, 2022
02:15 P.M.
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Divorces are messy, leading to arguments over estates, child support, visitation rights, etc. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' separation appeared to have been particularly jarring, leaving an aching gap between the father and the pair's daughter.


Fifty-nine-year-old Tom recently appeared on the red carpet. His presence was dedicated to the European premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" at the Cannes film festival. This was after about 30 years of not attending the festival.

The actor also received an honorary Palme d'Or, with festival president Pierre Lescure announcing the award. While Tom's career appears to be going better than ever, his personal life comes into question, with the father rarely seeing his daughter even though he has visitation rights.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at MENTOR LA's Promise Gala on March 22, 2007 in Los Angeles. | Source: Getty Images



Suri Cruise is the award-winning actor's daughter with actress Holmes, with the actor once calling Suri's birth "spiritual." She was born on April 18, 2006, and is currently 16. Last year, Holmes shared an adorable Instagram post for her daughter's 15th birthday which read:

"Happy 15th Birthday Sweetheart! I love you!!!!!!!! ❤️💕😘 I can’t believe you are already 15!"

The post included a black-and-white picture of Suri sitting next to other children with another photo of her mom affectionately holding her in her arms.


Unfortunately, Suri's life wasn't always picture perfect. Her mom filed for divorce from Tom in 2012. She reportedly left him to protect Suri from Tom's dedication to Scientology. Meanwhile, the "Top Gun" actor has said it felt like the separation came out of nowhere.

Tom was not awarded custody of the pair's daughter and instead walked away from the discussions with visitation rights. The dad was informed that he could only visit his daughter ten days every month and had to pay $33,000 every month for child support.


In 2016, it was reported that Tom had not been in contact with his daughter for almost three years. This was either due to his busy work as an actor or the geographic distance between both parties.

While Tom resides in London, his ex-wife lives with Suri in the United States. More specifically, in 2021, it was reported that Holmes was living in New York and dating chef Emilio Vitolo.



Apart from Suri, Tom has two children with his ex-wife and actress Nicole Kidman; their marriage ended in 2001. Isabella "Bella" Jane Cruise is one of their two adopted children, born on December 22, 1992.

Their son Connor Cruise was born on January 17, 1995. Both siblings have remained out of the limelight, although Bella is known as an artist and has a fashion line.

Unlike the distance between Tom and Suri, the "Mission Impossible" actor appears to have a closer relationship with his son as they were seen at a Giants game together in 2021. Hopefully, over time, he learns to create a stronger bond with Suri.