Tom & Katie use an entire apartment as Suri’s playroom

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes really don’t seem to understand the line between being a doting parent and spoiling a child rotten. It’s generally difficult to say daughter Suri is spoiled – she doesn’t seem to have many friends and we never see her at the playground. In fact she doesn’t seem to get to interact with anyone but Tom and Katie. Considering how restrictive her life is, it’s hard to say the tot gets everything she wants. Yet today Page Six mentions that Tom and Katie have bought several apartments in a downtown Manhattan building, and use an entire one just as Suri’s playroom – as though that’s totally normal.

TOM Cruise and Katie Holmes want to bring their Hollywood lifestyle to the East Village. According to a neighbor, Cruise and Holmes are buying up lofts in a 12-story building slightly south of 14th Street. “Tom and Katie now keep five units in the building. They turned one into [2-year-old daughter] Suri’s playroom. One they use for a gym, and two apartments are for staff,” said our source.

Cruise bought a 10th-floor unit in 1985 and has held onto the space since. “In the past couple of months they’ve bought up all these other apartments,” our source said. “They’re all separate and on different floors. Tom is seen coming in and out all the time, and he’s really friendly to everyone he meets. But Katie just kind of keeps her head down. Everyone in the neighborhood is buzzing about it.” A rep for Cruise denies the couple is buying up units in that building.

[From Page Six]

That does sound like an odd living arrangement. So the first apartment is for the family, but the littlest member has an entire apartment devoted solely to her playtime. I worry that Suri’s in there, dramatically gazing out a floor-to-ceiling window and plotting her escape.

I’d think that for whatever reason, Tom and Katie like the building and are just buying units as they become available. Plus it makes it easier for them to keep separate spaces without gossip. What’s better than separate bedrooms? Separate apartments of course. If nothing else their arrangement doesn’t offer much privacy. If they’re bouncing from unit to unit throughout the day it seems like they could have to interact with a lot of neighbors. Not that it’d be a bad thing in the slightest, but it could get a little tiresome when you’re at home and settled in for the night.

Having an entire apartment for a playroom is certainly not the weirdest part of Suri’s life. If nothing else, it seems like Tom and Katie should compensate her for all the isolation by buying her every toy in existence. Or a robofriend.

Here’s Katie and Suri in Manhattan recently. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.

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  1. Kaiser says:

    Another day, another seasonally inappropriate doll’s outfit. 😯 For the love of God, get the child a coat!

    But there is a whiff of bs about this story.

  2. Bella says:

    I find it strange that Kate is always dressed so warmly while Suri is in short sleeves and no sweater or jacket. Why do Kate and Tom always have a baby blanket around Suri, too? She’s a toddler, walking and running. Why a blanket? Shouldn’t she have appropriate clothing on? Just my opinion.

  3. breederina says:

    That child is looking more like her uncle Bill Mapother every day.

  4. Lucia says:

    How many two year olds have “friends”? I don’t thing that’s an issue. And maybe they’ve transformed the playroom apt. into a wonderland, which is nice. She’s only spoiled if she gets away with bad behavior. Tom didn’t spoil his older children and I’m sure Suri will be fine, too.

  5. Lastdaylight says:

    I thought Suri actually showed some likeness to Tom Cruise in the above picture.

  6. brookezhang says:

    Here we go again with this.

  7. Kayla says:

    Beautiful little girl! And I do think her mother and father love her very much. Suri will go to kindergarten soon and make friends there. At least she is loved and not abused like alot of children are today.

  8. Bella says:

    back to the way suri is dressed…doesn’t anyone find it strange that she’s always dressed like it’s summer while mom and dad have sweaters/jackets? it’s pretty chilly in NYC this season. and, isn’t the blanket weird? thoughts???

    i just realized how terribly bored i am to be commenting on this stuff. 😐

  9. MrsMa says:

    Katie is holding what looks like a purple baby sweater… so maybe Suri was just warm and wanted it off. I know my kids actually say they’re hot when I think it’s freezing as they strip off their clothes.
    Suri looks very sweet in these pictures, it’s nice to see her smile.

  10. Lisa says:

    No, I don’t find the blanket weird because kids form attachments to blankets, stuffed animals, etc. Especially at that age, they aren’t willing to give up those comforts.
    I could never get my daughter at that age to wear a coat. She wanted to be free while running around. Maybe Suri is that way, who knows.

  11. CJ says:

    I could never get my oldest son to wear a coat, if you forced the kid into a coat he’d cry till he puked. Not fun, BTW. That’s a sure fire way to ruin an afternoon at the park.

    So I just quit fighting him, now at 12 he still won’t wear a coat and sleeps in just boxers in the middle of winter.

    Some battles you just can’t win

    Here’s a clue people–CHILDREN A

  12. prissa says:

    Suri is SOOO cute. Overall she looks like Katie, but she’s got Tommy Boy’s eyes. Cute smile… FINALLY! :mrgreen:

  13. far says:

    Again another picture where adults are wearing sweaters and jackets and leggings yet the 2 year old kid on the street with no sleeves and bare legs.
    They should put a hair pin on those bangs or cut them or uh,, why do i bother…is this kid really sent to us by people from another planet???

  14. WTF?!?! says:

    As much as I think Suri should RUN, RUN FAST AND FAR, Kaiser’s right, this sounds like crap.
    She is also correct about the dresses– it’s officially Autumn in NYC, with accompanying temperatures in the 50s.

    But back to the story. People in the city don’t keep separate apartments in a given building (except maybe for the staff digs or to rent out). They buy however many, all connecting, and knock down walls to create a single dwelling.

  15. JaundiceMachine says:

    She is such a button. I hate that she’s just a glorified robodoll for the $cibottwins.

  16. Anne says:

    My guess Suriname doesn’t want a jacket so Katie brings a blanket along. Two year olds don’t have friendships and if I had the money I would bought an apartment sized area for my son. I can’t beleive I’m defending these people.

  17. pinkiepie says:

    Why does Suri always wear the exact same pair of shoes?

  18. Cheyenne says:

    Lucia: October 23rd, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    How many two year olds have “friends”? I don’t thing that’s an issue.

    It will be. Two year olds learn to socialize first by playing alongside children their age, then by interacting with them. I have never seen Suri with another toddler.

    Katie used to take Suri to a toddler’s gym in NYC, but Suri had private lessons with no other child in attendance.

    That child is going to have some major problems adjusting to other kids when she is three or four.

  19. smit33 says:

    I think it is a classic case of over compensating for having no friends or playmates to speak of. If you have the money, why not.

    As for her clothes, did anybody actually tried getting a two year old with a mind of her own to dress what you gave them. Don’t think it’s gonna happen.

  20. Alexa says:

    Everyone appears normal and loved and loving in this family. However – I have concerns about several of you posters.

  21. Larissa says:

    ya don´t get to have friends at age of 2, but having playmates is ENOURMOUSLY important for a child´s social development! and not only that!

  22. Cheyenne says:

    October 23rd, 2008 at 9:47 pm
    As for her clothes, did anybody actually tried getting a two year old with a mind of her own to dress what you gave them. Don’t think it’s gonna happen.

    Yep, it’s gonna happen. It’s called being a parent. A two year old doesn’t call the shots about what he/she is going to wear or when he/she is going to go to bed. The parents make those decisions. That’s why they are parents.

    The only reason they don’t put a jacket on that child is because they want to show off her designer dresses to all and sundry. Has anyone ever seen that kid wearing ordinary play clothes? I’m wondering if the poor child knows how to play like a normal child.

  23. Codzilla says:

    Yep, it’s gonna happen. It’s called being a parent. A two year old doesn’t call the shots about what he/she is going to wear or when he/she is going to go to bed. The parents make those decisions. That’s why they are parents.

    Amen to this.

  24. Jess says:

    Pinkiepie: How many pairs of shoes does a toddler need?

  25. sauvage says:

    Yap, AMEN to Cheyenne!

  26. poopie says:

    i agree with PinkiePie, THOSE SHOES !! Put on a pair of keds or even those fugly plastic things but quit dressing her like she’s 20 something!!!TinyTom must have dressed her as she is wearing her ‘dorothy of oz’ dress… and come on people, she doesn’t wear a coat because BARLEY WATER keeps your internal body temp up !!!

  27. DarthVadersLoveChild says:

    Well how many designer dresses does a toddler need? She would be much better off with some keds or at least some socks and mary janes. Child is going to have blisters wearing those all the time.

    FYI – Children dont really benefit from socialization until the age of 3. Younger than that they are still very self absorbed and dont really “PLAY” with other children. Im sure she goes to play groups.

  28. vdantev says:

    A golden cage however spacious and accommodating, is still a cage.

  29. Anne says:

    DarthVader is right, caring adults are far more important than playmates at that age. I’m sure she has people to play with, regardless of their age.

  30. Savanah Anderson says:

    Wow. They might as well let her have a boyfriend so she can get busy 😛

  31. what says:

    i am in NY and it is freakin’ cold!
    that kid is getting pneumonia.

  32. Aud says:

    *Comes out of lurking*

    This child is going to have a lot of issues when she is older from being so isolated. She is not going to know how to relate to other children, won’t know how to share, or be empathetic. She is going to be totally confused and shocked if she is ever let out of her cage long enough to have to act “normal”. Kayla said about her being around kids when she enters Kindergarten, but she’s gonna have a private tutor. Tom will NEVER allow her to be “tainted” by being taught by a non-scientologist teacher.

    My son hated jackets too, hated em with a passion. But if it was this cold out and he would not wear it, he didnt leave the house. Plain and simple. I would find a sitter to come over or leave him with his dad, then run errands. I chased that boy and held him down and made him put a jacket on plenty of times. Was a pain in the butt, sure, but I preferred that over a trip to the hospital with a child with pneumonia/croup because I was too damn stupid to be responsible and make him where a jacket.

  33. Trashaddict says:

    When my kids didn’t want to wear their jackets, I let them out of the house not wearing them, but brought them along. Guess what? My recollection is that every time, they opted to put the coat on when given that choice. But I do know some kids who just go jacketless. They seem to survive to adulthood.
    Anybody know the size of the apartments? NY apartments can have pretty teeny square footage. That “apartment” could be room-sized!

  34. Yep It’s great.