Tom Cruise & Suri: Reunited After Six Years!
AFTER SIX YEARS APART, A REGRETFUL TOM CRUISE IS LOOKING TO RECONNECT WITH HIS TEENAGE DAUGHTER. BUT WILL IT BE TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE FOR SURI?
The father-daughter duo are finally reconnecting, but unfortunately for the actor, it might be too late to form a true bond.
IT was the message she'd been waiting for. After years of reaching out to her dad and getting no response, Suri Cruise finally received word from her father, Tom Cruise. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking message, the 57-yearold actor told his daughter how much he’d missed her, and that he desperately wanted to see her again. “Suri had pretty much given up, and then one day Tom’s email appeared,” a source tells Star. “He explained why he’d been absent all these years, and said he hoped to make it up to her if it wasn’t too late.”
It wasn’t. According to the insider, 13-year-old Suri was overjoyed to hear from her father following his long and painful absence. Shortly after Tom and Katie Holmes, Suri’s mom, divorced in 2012, the star — a staunch Scientologist — reportedly distanced himself from Suri because Katie had renounced the controversial religion. But now, as Star can
exclusively reveal, Tom desperately wants to reconnect with his youngest child — and, at long last, they’re on the verge of finally reuniting! “Word is they have plans to get together the next time he’s in New York City,” says the insider. “Tom adores Suri and wants to be involved in her life.”
The last time Tom and Suri were photographed together was more than six years ago, in September 2013, after his divorce from Katie was finalized. Meanwhile, Tom’s older, adopted children, Isabella, 26, and Connor, 24 (mom is Tom’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman), are active members of Scientology, and remain close with their dad.
Until now, maintaining a relationship with Suri was out of the question for Tom, says the insider. Katie reportedly wanted nothing to do with him because she didn’t want their daughter raised in the church — and when she left with Suri, Tom cut them off. “Once Katie took Suri away from Scientology, Tom seemed pretty determined to blot them both out of his life,” says the insider.
“Tom has seen little of Suri since divorcing Katie, but that’s about to change.” — an insider tells Star
A NEW DAY
But it wasn’t easy for Tom to be away all this time, the insider says. “It had to be hard for Tom to give up Suri; she’s his own flesh and blood.” And no one knows exactly why the actor has decided to reach out now. “Tom’s had a change of heart,” says the source. One possible explanation is the recent backlash against Scientology — three lawsuits were filed over the summer claiming abuse, human trafficking, forced labor and sexual assault (the church strenuously denies all the allegations). “Perhaps the recent accusations of abuse have made him think differently about the church,” speculates the insider. Katie’s said to be cautiously optimistic about the impending reunion between her daughter and her ex-husband. (Though the Ray Donovan actress’ rep denies there’s a meet-up in the works.) “Katie’s been in the loop,” says the insider, adding that while she was “surprised” Tom reached out, “she can see Suri’s happier being in touch with him,” so she’s been supportive of seeing them reconnect.
The insider says Tom and his younger daughter are slowly but surely rebuilding their relationship. “Since Tom’s note to Suri, there have been several more emails and FaceTime conversations,” says the insider. “They’re keeping up their banter and writing to each other.” Tom’s hoping Suri will eventually be able to forgive him for not being more present in her life. “She tried to get in touch with him for so long,” says the insider. “She sent him texts and emails, and all of them went unanswered.” Luckily, she’s had her mom to rely on. Katie, a very hands-on mom, has certainly filled the void as best she can over the years, with the two sharing a very close mother-daughter bond. And despite any emotional pain Suri may have felt being apart from her father, the teen is surprisingly well-adjusted. “She’s a great girl and she’s doing so well,” the newly single actress has said.
Now, according to the insider, Tom’s determined not to let Suri down, and is hoping to be around for all her milestones moving forward. “She’s missed him so much,” the source says. “Who knows if he’ll be there for school plays and graduations, but he wants to make up for lost time.”