Jamie Foxx is ready to step up as a father to Suri Cruise
KATIE’S LOVER IS STEPPING UP TO PLAY DAD TO PROVE HIS DEVOTION,
Four birthday parties. Dance recitals. A broken arm. Holiday gatherings. A frantic search for her missing pet. A big move from New York to California. These are just some of the milestones a well-placed insider claims Tom Cruise may have missed in his daughter Suri’s life. ‘There is no sign of Tom,’ says the insider close to his ex-wife Katie Holmes. ‘The last picture of them together in 2013 is just that – the last picture of them.’ For four years, the insider alleges, Tom has not been seen publicly with his daughter.
Suri was seven years old when the last photograph of them together was taken. On September 15, 2013 – nearly 1500 days ago – she and Tom, 55, were snapped having fun at a mini-golf range in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. But now Suri is an 11-year-old sixth grader, and the only parent she’s regularly spotted with in public is her devoted mum Katie, who split from Tom in 2012.
However, another insider insists the star is simply trying to protect Suri by keeping her out of the spotlight. In July last year, Tom celebrated his 54th birthday by secretly flying his daughter and her nanny to England, where he was working at the time. ‘He didn’t want word to get out, so everything was treated very discreetly,’ an insider revealed of the family get-together, adding that ‘Suri is a special part’ of Tom’s life – and something he’s keen to keep private.
Four years ago, Tom explained that he and his daughter were close. Even while working, he kept in touch via phone, he explained in a 2013 lawsuit deposition. ‘I’ve gotten very good at it. I tell wonderful stories,’ he said. But in recent times, he’s remained tightlipped when it comes to Suri. ‘Tom rarely talks about her.’
When a journalist recently snuck in a question about the possibility of Suri following in Tom’s acting footsteps, the notoriously private star kept it brief, by saying, ‘ You never know, you never know,’ before adding that he had been bitten by the acting bug from a young age. ‘That’s as close as he’s gotten to talking about her publicly,’ adds the insider.
Meanwhile, 38-year-old Katie’s romance with Jamie Foxx, 49, has been confirmed. And while it’s been claimed that Katie had kept the four-year relationship with Tom’s Collateral co-star a secret for so long because of a stipulation in their divorce agreement, a Katie and Jamie insider says Suri was her
motivation. ‘Katie is just super-cautious about dating anyone publicly because her daughter comes first in all matters,’ says the insider, adding, ‘Jamie’s a great guy and an amazing father to his own two girls.’
Katie’s longtime beau has become another father figure to Suri. ‘[ Jamie] has been a great influence on Suri and… Suri calls [him] “Pop,”’ another insider tells OK! exclusively.
And now, after four years of dating, the actor is looking to show his commitment to Katie and make things official – by adopting her daughter.
‘Jamie has been negotiating with his former friend and co-star, Tom Cruise, to officially take over parenting duties of Suri,’ OK!’ s insider reveals. ‘Jamie’s pitch to Tom is that he’ll continue what he’s been doing for his four years with Katie and Suri, and that Tom will be legally granted visitation with Suri and will be included in her life.’
It’s certainly a yes from Katie, who has fallen head over heels for the actor – despite having to keep their relationship on the downlow for such a long time. ‘Katie is attracted to Jamie partly because he is so caring to her daughter Suri,’ shares a source. And luckily, Suri is just as big a fan of Jamie!
DAD’S ALWAYS WORKING The Golden Globe-winning actor is in high demand, which keeps him travelling the globe. ‘Tom has moved on to the next phase of his life and he’s finishing up his latest movie,’ says an insider.
JAMIE’S PHONE Katie shared this adorable snap from a lunch date with her ‘sweetie’ on September 7 – but was she talking about Suri or Jamie? Jamie’s daughters Corinne (far left) and Annalise (far right), here with their cousins, have become close to Suri, pictured inset on a recent outing with mum Katie – and a hint of her adoptive dad-to-be!