Tom Cruise & Suri: A Timeline of Their Estranged Relationship

Bethany Quinn | Jul 27, 2018 Celebrity Moms
Tom Cruise & Suri: A Timeline of Their Estranged Relationship
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Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise
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Tom Cruise is without a doubt one of the biggest action stars of our generation. His films gross millions upon millions of dollars worldwide, likely because of his infectious smile, toned physique, surprising dance moves, and charisma during interviews that keeps people coming back for more. But there's also another side to Tom Cruise that makes headlines and not for the best of reasons. As beloved as the Hollywood actor might be on camera, his relationship with Suri Cruise, the daughter he shares with his ex-wife Katie Holmes, has been estranged to say the very least -- and that's putting it mildly. While the public has had a chance to watch the now 12-year-old grow up, it seems her dad Tom hasn't.

Since Tom and Katie's split in 2012, there have been no pictures of the celeb dad and his daughter together -- prompting many to believe their relationship is basically nonexistent. While no one is 100 percent certain who's choice it was to have this arrangement -- or if it was intentional or the result of so much time apart -- rumors have swirled that Tom Cruise's dedication to Scientology might have played in his decision to stay away from Suri.

But all of that could change as outlets are reporting Tom is ready to see Suri after six years and regrets spending so much time a part.

Honestly, who knows what will happen -- or if the Mission: Impossible star will actually take steps to see his daughter and repair their relationship after so many years away from one another. Heck, who knows how Katie Holmes, who has Suri full-time with her in New York City, feels about the actor's reported changed of heart. There are so many questions up in the air.

For now, here's a look back at Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise's relationship over the years.

  • A Future Starlet Is Born

    Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise, and Suri Cruise
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    Suri Cruise was born on April 16, 2006. She is the first child for Katie Holmes and the third for Tom, who previously adopted a son Conner, and daughter, Isabella -- now 23 and 25 -- with his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman.

  • Daddy's Spitting Image


    There's simply no denying how much Suri Cruise looks like her dad! Even at a young age, this tot was Tom Cruise's twin -- right down to those beautiful blue eyes.

  • Public Backlash

    Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise
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    Tom and Katie received public criticism for letting Suri wear heels and makeup at age 3. There was even speculation Katie's unhappiness in the marriage was starting to show around that same time.

  • Katie's Move to Consciously Uncouple

    Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
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    Tom and Katie split in 2012 after five years of marriage. As expected, the divorce made headlines with Katie being applauded for her "calculated" moves to dissolve her union with the actor -- a decision that ultimately would have a ripple effect on their daughter's relationship with her father.

  • Focusing on Suri Through Divorce

    Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise with Suri Cruise
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    While the two were able to come to a quick divorce agreement (especially by Hollywood's standards), Tom made it public he didn't want to end things with Katie and was blindsided. The former Hollywood couple, however, released a joint statement emphasizing their desire to put Suri first.

    "[We're] working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests," Tom and Katie's joint divorce statement announced. "We want to keep matters affecting our family private, and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs, and support each other's roles as parents."

  • Katie Wins Full Custody

    Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
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    Katie was awarded full custody of Suri which, allegedly, was not contested by Tom at all. Yet, a rep for the newly single dad made it sound like he was singing a different tune.

    "Kate has filed for divorce, and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy," a rep for Cruise told People about Katie's push for divorce and his desire to keep his family together.

  • Katie & Suri Start Over

    Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes News

    With Katie and Suri moving into an apartment in New York City to start over, rumors began to swirl that Tom hadn't seen his daughter since the split, but talked to her on the phone several times a day.

  • Scientology To Blame? 


    As months passed, it was reported that Tom still hadn't seen Suri, with many claiming Scientology was to blame. Allegedly, the church told Tom to cut ties with his daughter, and he chose to abide. A source told Star magazine, "Tom is a loyal Scientologist, so when church leaders told him he couldn't see Suri, he didn't question it."

  • Single Mom Status


    If Instagram and photog snaps could paint the entire picture of someone's life, it would be a no-brainer to assume Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are enjoying their beautiful life in the Big Apple as they're constantly photographed hand-in-hand on some adventure.

    Sadly, years would continue to pass with Tom seemingly not present and accounted for.
  • 'No Contact'

    Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise
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    In 2013, Us Weekly reported three years passed since Tom saw Suri -- with the actor having virtually "no contact" with his then 10-year-old daughter. (Yikes.)

  • Keep Photos of Suri Away

    Suri Cruise and Tom Cruise
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    In November 2017, Tom made headlines after reports surfaced he didn't want to see any pics of Suri, because she is "no longer part of [his] life."

    "I am going to ask that no one post anything with Suri in the future," Maryann Carter, a reported longtime friend of Tom, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post on a Tom Cruise fan page about his estranged relationship with his daughter. "[Suri] is no longer part of his life!! If you do, I will erase it!! If you continue, I will have to remove you!! Thanks!"

  • Instagram Backlash


    Tom Cruise's Instagram debut earlier this year was quite momentous. The Mission: Impossible star posted a thank you to his one million followers back in March that resulted in some pretty heavy backlash. "Do you see your daughter?" one of Tom's followers questioned. "Love your work ethic but would admire you more if you spent time with your daughter, as a father that's my only critique, but I don't know you on a personal level so maybe it's just not time spent in the public," another wrote.

  • Absentee Dad Accusations Pile Up

    Tom Cruise
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    With Tom Cruise on Instagram, and now more accessible to the world, the Internet just couldn't let go of the fact that he reportedly hasn't seen his daughter in years -- and had no trouble sounding off. A number of his followers called the celeb dad out for "not being a father" to Suri and are crossing their fingers he'll have a change of heart.
  • Tom and Suri Reunion?

    Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise
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    After six years, it looks like Tom Cruise is ready to see his daughter ... allegedly. "Tom has reached the breaking point, and something has to give," an unnamed source told Star Magazine.

    "If he wants her back, he'll have to walk away from the church, which has been a huge part of his life. Leaving Scientology would be the toughest decision he'll ever have to make!

    .... He's had to watch from afar as Suri grew into a lovely young lady, and he regrets that he's missed out on so much. He's dying to be a part of her life!"

  • What Will Katie Say? 


    While many are happy to hear that Tom might make an effort to see Suri, his ex Katie might not share those sentiments. Word has it that as part of their split, Katie agreed to stay quiet about Scientology as long as Tom stayed away from Suri.

  • Only Time Will Tell


    Katie and Suri seem happier than ever which is evident by the sweet photos Katie posts on social media of the mother-daughter pair. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out given the unique circumstances surrounding Suri and her parents. 

    We sure hope Tom and Suri can be reunited soon!

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