The Truth About Tom Cruise's Relationship With Suri

Tom Cruise filmed "Misson: Impossible 7" and "Mission: Impossible 8" back to back, which kept him pretty busy. Still, the actor had time to take a break and take his rumored girlfriend Hayley Atwell to Wimbledon over the weekend of July 9, per Page Six. Atwell was Cruise's co-star in "Mission: Impossible 7," and the two reportedly grew close during the production of the film.

Speaking of the actor's long-public personal life, let's remind you that he has two adult children with ex-wife Nicole Kidman: Connor and Isabella. Cruise and Kidman adopted Connor and Isabella in the 1990s, per Hollywood Life. Cruise's other child, Suri, is his daughter with ex-wife Katie Holmes, and is his only biological child.

Over the years, there's been a lot of speculation about Cruise's relationship with Suri. Keep reading to find out the state of his relationship with his youngest child.

Does Tom Cruise ever see Suri Cruise?

In late October 2012, Life & Style reported that Tom Cruise had "abandoned" his daughter Suri. Cruise filed a $50 million lawsuit against the magazine's parent company, Bauer Media Group, per The Hollywood Reporter. At the time of the filing, his attorney said, "Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She's a vital part of his life and always will be." Cruise and Bauer settled the lawsuit for undisclosed terms in February 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

During the lawsuit, Tom Cruise admitted in court, per People, that he hadn't seen his youngest daughter Suri Cruise in 100 days because of work commitments (though he noted they frequently spoke on the phone). In 2016, that number had grown to 1,000 days, per InTouch. At the time, a source said, "He's disconnected from [ex-wife] Katie [Holmes], and then de facto from Suri, because of her connection to Katie. He hasn't seen her since she was 7."

Today, Suri lives in Manhattan with her mother. Per The Sun, Suri's older half-siblings Isabella and Connor are Scientologists, but she is reportedly not. In 2019, Us Weekly reported that it had been several years since Cruise had seen Suri. Even more shocking is the idea that the Church of Scientology allegedly doesn't allow relationships with parents and their children who aren't Scientologists, as one former member claimed to Us Weekly (the church disputes this, however).

Did Tom Cruise give Suri a gift for her 13th birthday party?

Tom Cruise hadn't reportedly wanted to reach out to Suri Cruise for her 13th birthday, according to Hollywood Life in 2019. "Tom does plan to send Suri a gift and call her on her birthday," revealed an anonymous source. The source also implied that Tom has struggled with his estrangement from Suri. "As challenging as things have become for him and his daughter, he still loves her," added the source. "[He] thinks about her all the time and will recognize that she is becoming a teenager and a young woman on her big day." Furthermore, the source claimed that Tom wanted to reconcile with Suri in the future. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if this reconciliation has happened over the past few years.

Fortunately, Suri has a village with her mother, Katie Holmes, who has a great support system of her own. Holmes previously revealed to People that she not only has her mother, but her friends to help her raise Suri. "I lean on them," shared Holmes. "For advice, for recipes, for all of that stuff: 'What am I supposed to do? Can you come over and watch? Can you be a helping hand?'" added Holmes. "And I do have help, yes, but ... it's your baby, you know? You want to be the one who is there."

Tom Cruise will probably pay for Suri's tuition

Even though Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise don't appear to have much of a relationship, he's still going to fund her college education, according to the Daily Mail. In March 2023, the outlet reported that 16-year-old Suri — who reportedly has her heart set on studying fashion — has been scouting around with her mom to find the perfect school. Tom will pick up the tab. The outlet cited Tom and Katie Holmes' hefty divorce settlement, which included language about Suri's college expenses. "Tom has always maintained his responsibilities when it comes to financial obligations to Katie and Suri," shared a source.

Unfortunately, Brooke Shields revealed another indicator that Tom and Suri may not be on the best terms. In March, Shields spoke with People and lamented about no longer receiving one of Tom's famous Christmas cakes that he gifts to his inner circle. However, she also accidentally revealed that Tom, Suri, and Katie Holmes used to give the cakes as a family. But he eventually removed them from the process. "It was from them and Suri, so it was the three of them, and then soon it was no Suri and no Katie and just Tom," Shields shared. "Then it went from just Tom for a while, but not every holiday. And then the cake stopped."