Us Weekly: Katie Holmes wants to ‘undo the damage’ of Suri’s CO$ upbringing

Katie Holmes Tom Cruise Suri Cruise

This week’s Us Weekly continues the assumption that while the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce news may have slowed to a virtual trickle, there’s still plenty of details to be squeezed out of the split. To jump right into the fray, the tabloid asserts that the recent puppy shop experience was not a trivial experience but, instead, a lesson from Katie to tell Suri that she needs to grow accustomed to not always getting what she wants. After all, we’ve already heard that Katie was furious when CO$ handlers barred her from disciplining Suri in any way, shape or form.

Now this week’s issue of Us Weekly proffers the theory that not only is Katie attempting to keep Suri safe from Scientology but also from the spoiled, privileged upbringing that also comes from being the biological child of Tom Cruise. As such, Katie is trying to enforce a “no more all-night TV marathons and ice cream for dinner” sort of lifestyle upon Suri. Will she be successful? Who knows.

Insiders say Holmes was driven to file for divorce — and demand ull custody — from husband Tom Cruise because she’s on a mission to take control of Suri’s upbringing. For years, the precocious tot had been raised under the discipline-free guidelines of Scientology. “Tom would let Suri do whatever she wanted,” says a Holmes source. Add an unlimited clothing and toy budget and the world-famous 6-year-old “had become very demanding and bratty,” says the insider. “Katie saw that Suri was growing into a monster.” Now she is determined to be more than just her daughter’s best friend. “She wants to really become a parent and start teaching her strong discipline. Suri’s life is going to change.”

Growing up Cruise and Holmes’ little princess has been good for Suri. From a young age, she was treated to lavish shopping sprees and luxe fashions. “Tom bought her whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted it,” says a Cruise insider. For Suri, that meant an $850 Salvatore Ferragamo tote or a cherished $169 Eliane et Lena faux-fur coat. The unlimited access to designer duds has turned the youngster into a budding fashionista. She is well-versed on the difference between Chloe and Chanel. “Suri knows her fashion labels. She will lay out her clothes and say, ‘This is Dolce & Gabbana,’ or “this is Stella McCartney for Gap.’ She’s seriously like a little stylist.”

Because Scientology’s parenting philosophy dictates that children be treated like little adults, insiders say Cruise allowed his daughter to indulge in ice cream for dinner and choose her own bedtime. And if she wanted to visit the American Girl store or a candy shop? Done. “She has been brought up to be in charge of everything,” says the Holmes source, “so she is used to getting her own way.”

Not anymore. Now that she has been awarded primary custody, Holmes is finally putting her foot down. “Katie is getting Suri to bed by about 8 P.M. on most nights — she’s trying to put her on a regular schedule. Tom just used to let her stay up all night watching Scientology kids’ videos!” And like most children her age, Suri is starting to pick up a few chores. “Katie’s plan is to get Suri to make her own bed, put away her clothes and help clean up her room.”

But after years of living rules-free, Suri is bristling a bit at being told what to do. “There has been some resistance,” admits the insider. “But Suri adores her mom. So, little by little, she’s starting to listen.” And the actress knows her pampered daughter won’t change overnight. “Katie is taking things very slowly.”

Holmes is also anxious to have Suri spend the day with her peers. Because the pair have been constantly on the move and spend so much time together, Suri doesn’t have any close friends her own age. “She’s not used to sharing or playing with other kids, so going to school will be a big change for her. Katie wants her to get used to that. She just wants her to be a normal kid.”

So far her plan is a success. Thanks to Holmes’ careful strategizing, Suri’s social calendar has been all filled up. In the first few weeks of July, Suri has been meeting new kids in the play area of their apartment building, walking hand in hand with one of her cousins at NYC’s Children’s Museum of the Arts and bonding with the 9-year-old twins of Holmes’ stylist pal Jeanne Yang. Says one insider, “Suri plays nicely with other kids and really seems to enjoy it.”

All the scheduled playtime has helped distract Suri from her missing-in-action dad. “Suri is used to Tom being away for work, so this is nothing new,” said the insider. “Katie has delicately told her that Mommy and Daddy will spend time apart, but Suri will still see him. She’s trying to let her adjust to this easily.” Holmes is determined to turn her privileged daughter into a humble little girl. “It will be a process. Katie knows it will take time to undo the damage, but she sees this as a way to start over.”

[Us Weekly, print edition, July 30, 2012]

Indeed, Katie faces an uphill battle because we all know that Tom will continue to give Suri anything that she desires – even puppies. So that’s going to be an ongoing issue that Katie will need to deal with.

A few other details from Us would lead us to believe that Tom “feels like he dodged a major bullet” with the quick settlement because “his entire life was under attack!” Yes that’s right, Tom. Throw some money at Katie (or at least drop some hints as to doing so), and the whole Scientology mess just falls to the wayside, right?

Here’s a few photos of Tom and Suri heading out of NYC on a helicopter ride Wednesday morning. Oddly enough, Suri is still wearing the same orange dress that she wore during their Tuesday outings.

Tom Cruise Suri Cruise

Tom Cruise Suri Cruise

In addition to the fact that Tom didn’t bother to change Suri’s clothes (was this a planned “everyday dad” sort of strategy?) after an overnight visit, Tom has now also hit out at an upcoming Life & Style report (via TMZ) that he’s a “bad dad” because he’s so often away at work:

Tom Cruise has had it with reports he’s a bad dad, and his lawyer is calling one of the mags on the carpet.

Attorney Bert Fields just fired off an email, attacking “Life & Style,” for what he says is “a bogus cover headline that Suri has been ‘ABANDONED BY HER DAD.’” Fields says, “That, as anyone knows who saw their photos together yesterday and today, is a disgusting, vicious lie.” Fields goes on, “Until this week, Tom was shooting a film on location, but he spoke to Suri every day.”

Fields adds, “He’s with Suri right now; and he was with her the day before Life & Style trumpeted their cruelly false accusation. Tom dearly loves Suri and the last thing he would ever do is abandoned [sic] her.”

See how that works? Tom’s lawyer is using Tom and Suri’s non-photo-op as evidence that Tom is a great dad. Of course, I do disagree with the assertion that Tom is a bad dad merely because he’s often away at work. However, it seems mildly amusing that Tom’s attorney is using the recent photo ops as proof that Tom is an awesome dad when the Cruise camp pretended all along that photo ops proved nothing, but that claim was in reference to Katie’s parental skills. With Tom, it’s (obviously) an entirely different matter.

In other Katie-related news, Radar has a story about how Tom’s eldest kids, Connor and Isabella, haven’t attempted to contact Katie since the divorce filing — even though the Mail has a story about how Connor is secretly “missing” his “mom. Here’s Radar’s take on the topic:

Tom Cruise’s older children Connor and Isabella Cruise have not been in touch with the actor’s ex, Katie Holmes, since she shockingly filed for divorce from their father less than three weeks ago.

A source tells People that during Katie’s “entire time with Tom, it was never lost on anyone that [Connor and Bella] do have a mother and her name is Nicole [Kidman.]”

Isabella, an artist and Connor, a DJ, are both Scientologists like their father.

As previously reported, Isabella had been working for Katie’s clothing company until she was mysteriously fired recently. A source close to the family claims that Bella worked for Katie’s Holmes and Yang line and was suddenly terminated for no reason.

“There was never any trouble between them,” the source told the Hollywood Reporter. “Bella called Katie ‘Mom.’ She was fired out of the blue, and once Katie filed for divorce, it all made sense. This was a carefully planned ambush. Katie didn’t want Bella working for her anymore because she was Tom’s kid.”

[From Radar Online]

The NY Post also had a story (which has since been removed) about how Connor’s latest DJ gigs have been flanked with an army of bodyguards to protect against anyone who dares to inquire how he feels about the divorce. While I suspect that Connor is truly hurt by Katie’s sudden departure, it’s also necessary to mention that Connor (as a devout Scientologist) would also be precluded (per the cult’s disconnection policy) from speaking to Katie since she’s now denounced the CO$.

Not to worry about Katie though — she’s currently occupying her free time in the way that many single (and not-so-single) girls would prefer to do — here are some photos of her leaving the gym after a spinning workout yesterday afternoon. Notice: the fug booties are nowhere to be seen.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Photos courtesy of Us Weekly and Fame/Flynet

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  1. Kris29 says:

    Dude. Why is she wearing a jacket?

    • mln76 says:

      Yeah it was nearly 100 degrees yesterday.

      That ain’t right.

      • Vesper says:

        See has huge sweat stains on the front of her shirt. Would u want to be photographed like that?

    • birdie says:

      Because she’s an ice-cold badass.

    • Zimmer says:

      She must have been trying to cover those sweat stains or her Scientology-doctored arms.

    • carlino altoviti says:

      She is sweating and has preferred to cover up, this is normal if you do sports.

    • bej says:

      Aren’t you supposed to put a sweater/jacket on after working out? It says she just did a spin class, hence the sweat, and covering up despite the heat.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      They wear winter clothes in summer and summer clothes in winter (kind of how big box mart works – in summer the heat is turned on and in winter the air con is blasting)

    • NYCGAL says:

      Yesterday it was 100 DEGREES IN NYC! I was so hot in a thin t-shirt and shorts! I don’t know how Katie never seems to sweat and wears hot clothes in scorching weather. It’s amazing.

      I am so happy for Katie and Suri though! I don’t know why I care, but for some reason I am glad they are now free to have a happy and real life.

    • gg says:

      Maybe she has Reynaud’s. Anyway, I LOVE the red jacket on her.

  2. beyonce's bump says:

    is it just me or has Katie Holmes style seriously changed this last few weeks? She is dressing way more laid back. I remember the time she was starting to dress like a clone of victoria becks. Anywho on topic…ummmmmm….the TC and KT divorce news is just getting way overdone now…soooooo….#yawn

  3. Jackie O says:

    tom’s older kids are a DJ and artist??? nice way of saying they don’t do much of anything.

    i really hope katie can change this pattern for his 3rd child. making sure she gets a solid education is a good start.

    • Hautie says:

      Am I the only one curious if Cruise spent money like that, on his two older children? When they were small children.

      Unfortunately, Bella and Connor have no great hope for a career. I suspect they don’t have a decent high school education. Much less the ability to attend a public College and pass.

      It bugs me to know, that people knee deep in that Cult, do not want their children to get a solid education. To prepare them to be adults, who can survive and thrive in the everyday world.

      All those poor kids end up forever as a slave for a Cult.

      • e.non says:

        yeah, i’ve wondered the same thing; and how they feel watching this child’s every whim be catered to.

        what could a scientology education actually be… is it just endless indoctrination or are kids taught actual lessons in language, math, science, geography…

        it continues to astonish me that sentient adults could become believers in scientology. and was hugely disappointed to see that candance bergen apparently is one…

      • holly hobby says:

        Well some actually go to regular school because I read in Inside Scientology that Tommy Davis (Anne Archer’s son) actually got accepted into an Ivy League school. If he got accepted to one that meant he went to an accredited high school.

        Unfortunately, the book goes on to say that Anne suggested that Tommy turn down the offer to work inside the cult. What a waste!

      • Vesper says:

        I don’t remember Tom’s other kids wearing designer clothes, being photographed at restaurants, or any other activity, with the exception of their soccer games. It’s almost like he keep them isolated from the world.

        Bella now lives with her boyfriend in a very rough part of town. She claims to be an artist. Why is Tom not providing her a more suitable place to live. It’s not like he doesn’t have the money. Would Tom allow Suri to live like that if she was of age? Can’t see it.

    • Molly says:

      Cruise has plenty of money, so it’s not like he has to work. His daughter is young. Why can’t he Spend mOre time w/ Suri instead of making movies no one wants to pay to see?

  4. Iggles says:

    I feel little sympathy for Connor and Isabella being “abandoned”. Pretty sure they called Katie “mom” to spite Nicole because they viewed her as a suppressive person.. I doubt they were as close to Katie as they wanted everyone,including Nicole, to believe!

    • Mia 4S says:

      Exactly Iggles. Honestly it was likely just another part of the facade. Just like Tom’s interviews about how he was always with his family. It’s all about saying what he thinks the public wants to hear. I doubt she will have any contact with those two kids and I doubt it bothers her much.

    • e.non says:

      this is the second ‘mother’ they’ve lost.

    • gg says:

      Can hardly blame them – they’ve been brainwashed and played like a deck of cards since they were born. They have been given no sense of honor or relationship reality.

    • Vesper says:

      Bella has over the last year or so reconnected with Nicole. She stated in a recent article that she “loves mom”.

  5. Belle Epoch says:

    I wonder if she regrets the silent birth and all those bottles of barley water or whatever the heck “doctor Hubbard” recommended?

    Suri seems to hate walking, hate having her hair brushed, hate wearing sweaters/coats, and hate wearing pants. If we ever see her walking in jeans with braided hair and no blankie, I think it will be a big victory for Katie.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Yep, Katie will have to work super extra hard to ensure Tommy and his crazy co$ buddies don’t completely ruin the child.

      However, Suri already walks a lot on her own when she is with Katie. When Tommy picks her up she looks a bit… I don’t know… uncomfortable? Also, Katie pulled Suri’s hair back a few days ago!
      So, little by little, my guess is Katie’s gonna succeed. With a few regressions when Tommy has visitations.

      • genghiskahnswife says:

        YES! What is it about Suri’s hair? Now that you meantion it, we have always seen her with her hair just ‘down’ and wild. Like a little seductress! With heels! It’s so much more ‘normal’ to put her hair back – especially when it’s 100 degress!
        Again – kudos, Katy!

      • Lady D says:

        “Like a little seductress!”
        She is 6 years old. WTF is with the seductress comment. Who says that about a little girl?

      • RocketMerry says:

        Lady D, I think genghiskahnswife was referring to the fact that $cientologists firmly believe that children are mere adults in small bodies. That they can have experiences like adults and behave as grown ups. Sick stuff like that.

        That’s why it was always odd that Tommy instigated Suri to be all princess-y and wear heels all the time and never wear her hair up nor cut them too short (’cause you know, being a “golden child” Suri never ever has/had/will have dead alien residues in her hair like “normal people” *eye roll*).

        Am I interpreting your comment right, genghiskahnswife? :)

      • Vesper says:

        I find Suri, especially when she was younger, tried to emulate Katie. When Katie had a short bob so did Suri. When Katie grew her hair out, so did Suri. In the first few years of her marriage, Katie was always looking very put together, almost too much so. She constantly wore dresses/skirts and high heels. I think Suri wanted to be like her mother, and Tom very likely encouraged her to dress like a “lady”, as he did with Katie. Lately I’ve noticed that when Katie wears a certain colour, like pink, so does Suri. Katie is now wearing flats a lot, and so is Suri. I think as time goes on, the more she is exposed to other children, the more she will start dressing in a more age appropriate way.

    • Amiblue says:

      Suri sounds just like my 4 year old with the hair, no pants, no coat, no walking stuff, and we’re just Target shopping Methodists. It seems like Katie is trying to give her as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

      • Redheadwriter says:


      • mathpint says:

        I got me one of those too! :D

      • DrM says:

        My kids went through this as well…my twins went through a stage where they’d get home, take every stitch of clothes off and run around butt naked…winter and summer. I didn’t get stressed about it, I knew they’d grow out of it and I suspect that is KH’s strategy as well. You have to pick your dang battles as a parent…

    • SuBHon says:


    • Lady D says:

      RocketMerry, thanks for the explanation. I forgot about Co$ and their small children are adults bullshit.
      Genghiskahnswife, If RocketMerry is right I apologize.
      It infuriates me that people do make these kind of comments about small children though. I saw an article here about Shiloh and her tomboy way of dressing. Some posters were out and out implying (if that’s not an oxymoron) that Shiloh was gay and would grow up to be the butch in the relationship. I think it’s sick that actual adults would even have these thoughts about small children.
      Also saw on cb, a montage of pics of Suri. In one picture she was about 3 and wrapped in a blanket. I though she was just about one the most beautiful children I had ever seen. (although I bet Samigirl’s new daughter is prettier) Then a poster called the picture a pedophile’s dream. I had never seen a child’s picture that way before and it broke my heart that the poster was right.

      • Megan says:

        Lady D I couldn’t agree more with your post! The most recent one on Shiloh had me feeling sick to my stomach when a poster commented on how she could imagine Shiloh as a “sexy lez butch” in the future a la Jenny S (sorry for the life of me I can’t remember her last name at this moment)..
        I had to reply how sickened I was to that poster that they would so thoughtlessly put something like that out there.
        The sick truth is, as much as we are infiltrated by trolls, CO$ loonies and the like, there are also people with pedo tendencies and we need to keep calling them out just as much. I’m not saying the poster above was doing that, I was more grossly unsettled by the Shiloh post and what you wrote Lady D really struck a chord with me.
        Celebs are fair game, children are not.

    • Emily says:

      I absolutely refused to wear pants when I was Suri’s age. I had to wear dresses and skirts, and that’s all there was to it. In another year, I absolutely refused to wear dresses and skirts unless we were going to some kind of fancy thing like a wedding. Suri will grow out of it.

      I don’t think Suri hates walking. She seems perfectly happy to walk when she’s with her mom. She looks really uncomfortable being carried around by her dad.

  6. Mayday says:

    I thought the same thing about the puppy incident. I think she is trying to teach this kid about the real world. I have more respect for Katie Holmes everyday, before I couldn’t have cared less for her.

  7. eb says:

    I feel for Katie. Because – now she doesn’t know what they are telling her daughter. At least she gets to raise her daughter how she deems best, but still to hand her over to them and watch them go off.

    And TC bringing his mother and sister as well as who knows how many others. To know that they are probably trying to fill her daughters head with little lies tag team style. Perhaps ugly little reasons her mother is doing this now. Talking in her hearing etc. At least make her feel guilty about her father’s suffering. I know this happens. It happens to regular divorced kids. They must have hashed this out in the settlement. I wonder what the penalty of doing this is?

    • Mia 4S says:

      Bringing his mother and sister is weird!! Can he not handle his daughter on his own? Wouldn’t he want some alone time with his daughter? Sure the family will want to see her but at the same time as her father’s first visit in a month? So weird!!

      • genghiskahnswife says:

        It’s very strange not to have personal and alone time after a divorce. Him having people around is a sign of distancing emotionally- your’e there physically. The ‘silhouette’ father – “there, but not there.”
        But, then again, maybe it’s a relief for Suri – not to have to deal soley with Tom on her own

    • genghiskahnswife says:

      to eb- Wasn’t it part of the recent divorce agreement that Tom’s visits with Suri be supervised? And that he was lawfully bound NOT to speak of scientology or religion?

      Kudos Katy. It must feel good to know that the world is with you-

      • Vesper says:

        Yes, apparently those conditions were crucial points for Katie. Also, Tom is not permitted to bring Suri to any scientology related activities or functions.

    • Ms Deb says:

      I thought that there was supposed to be a nanny around? And who is the woman with the one sleeve shirt who looks so scary?

  8. CC says:

    I think that until we actually get to see what Tommy will do as retaliation (I’m sure he’ll try something), it’s just a rehash of what was obvious to everyone already. That Suri is in dire need of discipline and routine. Oh and she needs friends, and not hanging with only adults all the time.

  9. Mac says:

    Katie Holmes will have difficulty preventing further damage being done to Suri by Tom Cruise and the CoS.

    From here on out everything that Tom does will be predicated upon ultimately indoctrinating Suri into Scientology.

    “A very effective thought control technique could also be worked out from Scientology, which could be used to make
    individuals into willing slaves.”

    L Ron Hubbard

  10. Dee Cee says:

    But will Suri get the cold shoulder, you don’t exist to me treatment from Tom and Conner and Isabella?

  11. Vampi says:

    He REALLY needs to stop carrying her everywhere!! It looks ridiculous!

    • Ms Deb says:

      Does anyone else get the heeby jeebies at how he carries her astride the front of his body? Will he still be trying to carry her at 10, at 16? Yuck! You mostly carry your child on your hip, that is why most of us “regular” parents have backaches (yes, I am smiling at the word regular, and yes, my son is 36 and my back still aches)!

      • Boo says:

        Yes, it’s weird. I think he does that to make her look like a smaller, more helpless child than she is. Plus, if she were on his hip, the world could see that her legs are as long as his.

      • Emily says:

        Yes. It’s really weird. He should be giving her piggyback rides and carrying her on his shoulders and stuff, too.

      • Another K says:

        Totally agree with Ms Deb. As I remember, the kid is always on one hip and your bag is over your shoulder on the opposite side and you’re always fishing around in your bag for wallet/keys/whatever while balancing child, bag, grocery sacks, the other child, dog leads, etc. etc. Even my husband, who never had the bag issue, always did the side carry. The front carry is for when they are totally asleep or exhausted – Christmas Eve, Halloween night, events like that. Not for every day. Although, I must admit, we have never had a private helicopter tour, so perhaps that’s the expected protocol for that type of excursion. (somehow, I don’t think so; I think it’s just one of Tom’s photo-ops) And if Tom insists on carrying the little girl that way, she needs shorts or pants on. At six years old, girls are already aware that they don’t want their “undies” showing. At least that’s how my daughter was at that age.

    • Vesper says:

      Does anyone find it strange that at her age she is carrying around a blanket or stuffed toy?

      • Tay says:

        Poor girl. The paparazzi will be so mean if a photo gets out with her dress not covering. As far as carrying I agree that it is stalking her and it is most likely easier to whisk her in and out.i have a long legged 5 1/2 year old and I cannot carry him on my hip he is way to big and long legged. Ok to shield her get some body gaurds to clear the Papps back. Let her walk. Tom you have the money.
        I feel so sorry for Katie and suri Tom and his henchmen will try and brain was her into hating her mommy. Just like Nicole’s kids.

        Tom and gang are just waiting to pounce.
        Leave them alone my gosh. Who is going to want to be friends with her with Scientology involved and Tom .
        If she goes to the pal with a friend or a birthday party. The Papp and Scientology spies will follow.

  12. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Nice one, Katie! If the US Weekly has any grain of truth in it, Suri will only benefit from a little structure and friends her own age. Holmes is doing her little girl a solid.

    I’m not keen on her wearing Michael Jackson’s jacket though. I hope he’s not moonwalking in his grave.

    My guess is she’s wearing the thing a bit like armor to precipitate photo captions like “Katie’s Skin and Bones!”, or perhaps that red zippered monstrosity is a layer between herself and the grimy paps.

  13. Micki says:

    Wish Katie Holmes luck.I’ve read somewhere that child’s character is as good as fixed at the age of 8.So there are 3 more years to go.But I wonder about one thing.Either Cruise was working a lot and was away a lot or he’s at home busy spoiling Suri.
    Now she’s spoiled, he will keep his contact with her(weekend spoil-fix) and if Katie decides for career SHE’ll be away.
    It’s not impossible for Suri to change but improbable I think.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      This worries me too. The first seven years are critical in child development terms, including socialization. Although not impossible, Katie has a tough job ahead. The little girl already behaves abnormally. And Katie will be undermined constantly by the Mini Freak.

      • Micki says:

        Indeed.I have a friend who always finds excuses for her son.He was either tired or hungry or had a divelopmental “jump”.And that for years.Now he’s nearly 5 and her arguments are funny if anything.She knows it and does her best to keep conntact so that he has friends, she started saying often NO but what takes her weeks to settle could have been settled in days before.It’s such an uphill work I get headache just thinking about it.

        I think that after all the glory and “You go girl” Katie is for harsh awakening.Wish her luck though, she’s so young.

      • Vesper says:

        In recent pics, Suri appears to be enjoying the presence of other kids, and being out and about doing child activities. She never smiled before, but she does now, and her eyes light up. I think once she attends school in September and is interacting with children on a daily basis she will continue to thrive.

    • erika says:

      agree, agree, AGREE! 1-6 yrs-ish, those early years are the super glue-what’s learned STICKS.

      I can tc overindulging/spending, but it’s like sugar, remember? gobble all your halloween in one night and you’ll likely puke the next morning!

      In the long run, long, long ahead, Suri will truly thank her mother for teaching her to keep her head screwed on and shoes tied..

      I thank my Mom almost everytime I speak to her – cuz ‘I’m a big girl now!’

  14. constance says:

    Is that his creepy sister dressed like a born again Forever 21 mummy? Terrible looking skin and she looks like the type to have a smokers wheeze and scary voice.

    I still don’t believe Co$ is a religion and I pity the children who must live under the thumb of extremists. Katie did this to herself and Suri so I hope she tries to make things right for her family in the end. Shes never going to get away from him or his money and we all know how much she wagered to get a piece of his money 7 quick years ago.

  15. DanaG says:

    I don’t think Tom has given up on turning Suri into a little scientologist mini me. Katie is in for an uphill battle, Tom will spoil her rotten and be the fun dad while poor Katie will have to undo all the bad habits she get’s while with dad. This happens all too often with kids of divorce. But if Tom’s lack of any rules becomes too destructive Katie could have grounds for a new agreement of some sort. Going to school and being with kids her own age is going to help Suri having a friend or two will do her the world of good. Katie had Suri walking we even saw Suri in different outfits each day. Why is she still in the same dress she has worn the last day or two? Tom letting her wear what she wants? Great parenting there Tom. As for Connor and Isabelle he has been DJing for awhile not that he has any qualifications for it he is 17 so clearly school isn’t on his agenda. Tom probably pays his way thinking getting a job or something isn’t really for Connor Cruise. If they turned against the mother that raised them they would even less a problem turning against Katie. It wouldn’t mean they would ignore Suri they all still think they can save her. Until Suri rejects Scientology I gather they will all still have contact with her.

    • Vesper says:

      Before Katie filled for divorce, Tom allegedly hadn’t seen Suri for three months, and he missed her birthday in April. As he has always said, his priority is his work. I don’t think he will see Suri enough to have that much of an influence, especially since his visits will be monitored. He will never turn into a ‘every weekend’ kind of dad.

  16. Ellie66 says:

    Put that child down she can walk my goodness! Katie looks way happier Good Luck to her! :) Tommy boy sucks! Lol!

  17. dorothy says:

    Tom, put Suri down. She’s taller than you. She can walk!

    • Ms Deb says:

      (snort) love that comment! It does look disproportional when her legs dangle lower than his knees. Just accept that you are vertically challenged, Tom, and your height will become a non-issue.

  18. Skaffie says:

    The ‘fugly’, boots are gone, cause Tom hated them..with him ‘ERASED’, so are the boots..

    *the boots walked all over him, yeah!*

  19. Mich says:

    I can understand carrying the child through a swarm of paps…but was that really the case on the heli tarmac??

    It seems to me that he both infantilizes her AND treats her like a mini-adult. If true, sorry Bert Fields, but he is a pretty rotten parent.

    And a helicopter ride with a bunch of other adults? That is getting down to a child’s level?

    • Mac says:

      In all fairness to Tom the helicopter is in the process of warming up. I’d probably do the same under similar circumstances.

    • LAK says:

      Hey! Have you seen the video of TC & Suri walking from/to hotel/car. Methinks the co$ loonies on here reported back our random suggestions. His bodyguards created a wide corridor through before he exited. Paps stood along the corridor, out of touching distance, he carried Suri through quickly, without being jostled, without stopping :) the whole thing happened so quickly, I am surprised they managed to get any pictures. Let’s hope Katie does the same. If they are taking our suggestions, let’s start discussing back doors of buildings …..use of in a pap situation 101!!!!

      • G says:

        Actually, I thought it was a totally produced moment. The doormen opened the door for a grand exit and he rushed out like he was in a movie scene.

        The tarmac pics are clearly not papped,they are provided or sold to the tabs to complete the photo op.

        Here hoping with his “moment” out of the way Katie can resume a their routine.

      • Relli says:

        @ G TOTALLY MANUFACTURED MOMENT. there was this book i read one summer, my beach read, “the last chance saloon.” One of the characters was an actor who had once been a big deal but was reduced to commercials and plays. Whenever it was his narrative in the story he treated every situation as if their were cameras around to capture the moment, this was clearly done to capture the narcissism of the character. AND NOW every time I see Tom thats what i see, someone acting the part of whoever he needs to be for the day.

      • Boo says:

        Yep, manufactured moment. The double doors open, and then there’s the dramatic pause to build the tension, then Concerned Father races to the waiting limousine, clutching his infant(ilized) daughter (swaddled in a blanket on a 100 degree NYC day) while she hides her terrified head in his strong chest.


      • G says:

        I guess this sort of thing comes with the territory when you have a movie star father. I think he did need a “pap” moment to close this chapter of this drama. The story is pretty much done now, no?

        Honestly, I don’t enjoy seeing kids papped or the gossip speculation about them.

      • Lucy2 says:

        I think his whole life is a manufactured moment. There is nothing real about him, he’s always trying to project an image. Creepy.

      • LAK says:

        Manufactured or not, it is standard operating procedures for most people at that level of fame whether they are bill gates, ex/current politicians, heads of state, sports stars, murdoch etc. That zone isn’t just about showing off, it’s also about safety and being able to move quickly from buildings/cars. Ditto carrying Suri.It’s doownright cruel to force a child to walk through that bear pit of paps. How many times have we seen videos where the paps are too close that they are blocking their path, they can’t move either forward or back, and Suri is in distress. Or the time Monica Seles was stabbed by her rival’s fan because there was no safety zone between her and the spectators boundary.

        I wish they would also enforce NOT taking Suri’s picture. It’s distressing her, and has been distressing her for some time. Jackie O went to court after paps followed her kids once too often especially during their leisure time so it’s not unheard of.

        If Katie and Tom want to play at parent of the year, that is their choice but I wish they would find some other media game and leave Suri out of it to grow up with relative anonymity until she’s legally able to decide if that is what she wants.

      • Boo says:

        Cruel to make her walk? Tell it to the Jolie-Pitts, the Beckhams, the Stefani-Rossdales, Michelle Williams, the Afflecks..they all have heavily papped children who WALK, and they all look a damn sight more normal and way less crazy than poor Suri here. The paps were plentiful, but there was a very wide berth on the sidewalk outside Tom’s hotel…it was not a mob scene by any means, he has a number of hulking bodyguards (oh, but they block the photo ops!), and she was not in any danger. From THEM. From her own lunatic father, I’m not so sure.

      • LAK says:

        @Boo – if you read my initial post properly or been party to previous posts that @mich and I having been having regarding Suri vs the paps, you would know that I was applauding the WIDE BERTH created yesterday. Go back and look at videos of Suri, the lame a$$ bodyguards they’ve had in the past never created any kind of berth resulting in a child/Katie being jostled at close quarters unable to move in any direction and clearly distressing the child. One of the videos you can hear Suri asking the paps to stop whilst Katie just stands there, grinning…..I will admit that I had never seen a video of Tom/Suri (though I have seen the pictures) so I don’t know if in the past it was the same case. There is a website called THE MISERABLE LIFE OF SURI CRUISE where you can see these videos. It is horrendously distressing.

        I am applauding the wide corridor that they created because @Mich and I talked about this as a possible solution because that is how super famous people from different industries normally do it rather than allowing paps or even bodyguards to be that close to the subject.

        2ndly, Suri’s level of fame far exceeds any of those children you have mentioned if only because from birth she’s been a pawn in her parents’ super family media image. The only comparison would be JFK jr or Prince William with regards levels of media intrusion. In all the other scenerios, the parents have done everything they can to protect the children unlike Suri. Even the Brangelina kids aren’t papped as often as Suri. JFK Jr and William’s parents took measures that allowed for them to grow up in relative peace. That is what I am advocating.

        The carrying thing I see not as spoiling her, but as a quicker way to get her from/to cars/buildings to limit her exposure to paps. I think it is cruel to make her walk through a corridor of grown a$$ men yelling at her and taking her picture. I have never seen it as either parent spoiling her. Fact is that despite being papped her entire ife, she’s grown MORE uncomfortable rather than at ease with it, so they need to remove her from this situation.

    • Vesper says:

      Since the paps will always be a part of Suri’s life, she has to learn how to walk past them or thru them. Tom always carrying her is doing her a disservice. I don’t see other “celebrities” carrying their six year old child everywhere.

  20. Ms. Candy says:

    Ok, I only like the movies Tom plays because he’s usually playing with my favorite actors/ress but that’s about it. I’m glad that Katie is moving forward with her life. I’m no TC fan at all but with all those paps getting that close from other pics that I’ve seen online what’s wrong with holding her.. They don’t get that close when Katie’s with her.. Just an observation…


    • Vesper says:

      I’m sure the paps are a bit more civilized when it comes to photographing a young child. I’m assuming the give children much more space, and do not yell at her to get a reaction. As for the camera flashes, wouldn’t that only be an issue at night?

      • LAK says:

        Go have a look at the website ‘the miserable life of Suri Cruise’. It’s full of videos that show that in her case, the paps are not being disrespectful or showing consideration to a 6yr old child. In some of the videos you can clearly hear her asking them to stop taking pictures of her and no adult pays any attention to her. She frequently uses her teddy bear and blankets to hide her face. She’s been papped all her life but rather than being at ease with it, she is more uncomfortable. Adults can’t cope with such relentless papping – see Alec Baldwin and many other celebrities, so I don’t see why we should ask a 6yr old child to get used to it. If she was papped only a few times a year as eg the brangelina kids, then she may have been less distressed about it.look at how she cowers compared to the other kids she’s been hanging out with recently. The thing is that even when the brangelina kids are being papped, their bodyguards create a wide berth around them so they are not being jostled, unlike Suri.unless it’s a snatched long lense pap picture. The point is that we do not see a brangelina kiddie pic. Every day/week, but we do Suri. And that was before the media storm of the divorce. Yesterday was the first time I saw that wide berth happen for her.

  21. becky says:

    Poor Suri. What happens when her school friends invite her to sleepovers? Are the other parents going to deal with her security issues? Does her bodyguard follow? What about the paps?

  22. Jayna says:


    Tom is the root of all evil and Katie is a saint. Tom had her in heels and designer clothes, not Katie. Tom holds his daughter. How dare he. He’s an awful father in everything he does and Katie is a perfect mother now and anything she did with Suri before that was criticized on here is now all Tom’s fault.

    Rolls eyes.

  23. Boo says:

    Who is the woman with the one-shouldered blue top in Tom’s entourage? Someone should send her to ScientoFashion classes to avoid another public blunder like that one. It looks bad for him.

    • Cathy says:

      I just took another look and you’re right, that shirt is nasty. Doesn’t look good on whoever she is at all.

  24. Dibba says:

    Women must be very careful when they choose their child’s father. It can’t be undone.

    • G says:

      ^^^^^True. So true.

    • skuddles says:

      Truer words never spoken!

      I still have a hard time believing Tom is Suri’s bio Dad, but whatever, he’s the legally recognized Dad and I guess that’s all that matters here.

  25. ladybert62 says:

    Scientology kids’ videos? Wow – I would like to see one of those just to see what type of indoctrination occurs.

    She is going to have a very hard time with Suri who has not been disciplined. Mom will try to enforce rules which dad will promptly break during suri’s visits with him – guess who becomes the favored parent. Puppy on the horizon!

  26. mel says:

    I feel a little bad for Tom Cruise. You kow – he never hid COS from Holmes and she willingly went into this marriage, having a kid, etc all the time knowing he was a prominent member of a cult. And then BAM – she no longer wanted it (even though she knew what was coming) and pulled the rug out from under him. The whole situation is just odd for me. I agree Holmes did the right thing removing her daughter from that mess but I still kind of wonder what her intent was up to this point.

    • Dibba says:

      I agree 100% Mel.

    • AnnieN says:

      @mel – Katie’s statements in 2005 pretty much explain her mindset, and what she thought she was getting into:

      “You know, it’s really exciting,” Holmes, now 33, said at the time. “I just started auditing. . . and I’m taking some courses, and I really like it. I feel it’s really helping. What I like about it is that, you know, I was raised Catholic, and you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist, Jewish and a Scientologist.”

      Once he roped her in, things changed.

      • Kate says:

        Yep, and then a year later, just before Suri was born:

        “Asked whether their baby would be given a Catholic baptism, Cruise said, “No,” then added: “I mean you can be Catholic and be a Scientologist. You can be Jewish and be a Scientologist.

        But we’re just Scientologists.”

        “Katie, too?” Sawyer asked.

        “Katie, too,” he replied.

        It was the first public acknowledgment that Holmes has joined Cruise, one of Scientology’s most prominent adherents, in embracing a faith founded by science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard.

        Cruise denied media accounts of tension with Holmes’ parents, who are devout Catholics, over her association with Scientology.

        “They’re OK with her being a Scientologist.”

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      One of the most common mistakes women have made through the ages is to think they can change a man once They have married him.

  27. sue b says:

    “Biological child of Tom Cruise”. They got the “Tom” part right, but she looks nothing like Tom Cruise, and everything like Tommy Douglas. Someone is depriving Anne Archer of being a grandma.

    • Aria says:

      I agree. Yesteday someone said Suri looked like Tom before getting work done. I don’t know. I still believe Suri is Josh Harnett (spelling?)’s child.

      • constance says:

        I think you mean Chris Klein of American Pie fame. She was engaged to him just before the Tom bus pulled up with millions in clothing and flowers.

    • sue b says:

      D’oh!! I meant Tommy Davis!!

    • LAK says:

      She looks like Katie AND Tom Cruise. Google ‘young tom cruise 1984′ before he started down the plastic surgery road.

      It’s like comparing white Michael Jackson to his mama!!!!!

      Kaiser, please put up a pre-surgery Tom picture in the next Tom vs Katie thread so people can see the resemblence.

    • Emily says:

      Genetics is a complicated thing. You don’t just mix two people and get a kid who looks equally like both of them. One of my aunts has blue eyes and blond hair from no one knows where — that does not mean she’s not my grandfather’s biological child. I’ve got the shape of my dad’s eyebrows and nothing else that’s obviously from him.

      • LAK says:

        @Emily – exactly. People assume because Suri isn’t a carbon copy of Tom, that she can’t be his child. I also think blind hatred of him will not allow them to see those elements of him that are stamped on Suri. Someone went as far as saying yesterday that Suri had Chris Klein’s eyes shape. By some odd coincidence,Holmes, Klein, Davis, Cruise and Cruise mothers/sisters all have the same shaped eyes. How this means she is definitely. Klien or Davis kid but not Cruise is just mind boogling. At least the R L Hubbard paternity rumour has finally been laid to rest even though at one time he was absolutely, definitely the father according to everyone.

        I am sure a DNA test proving Cruise paternity will also be met with skepticism.

        There is a picture from a few days ago f his sister Cass arriving at their hotel, and even though she’s seen in profile, with shades on, the shape of her head plus chin were pure Suri.

    • Issa says:

      BTW….where is Tommie Davis?

  28. heidi says:

    I wish Katie all the luck in the world because it’ll be an uphill battle against cadres of Scientologists vying for Suri’s soul. Damage has already been done, but Katie is making good choices. If she can find a good man who remains true to himself and not a pawn of some macabre cult Suri will benefit

  29. MoxyLady007 says:

    Tom treats all the women in his life like that. Oh I will protect and carry you. ALWAYS. It’s about control and them feeling they need him for everything. It’s not kind and it’s not empowering. And I am not just referring to the actual carrying but also to the extreme control he has over the women in his life. What Katie wore, who she talked to, where she went, what she thought and believed and even what she was called.
    Someone that rigidly inflexible and controlling won’t be able to deal with a six year old alone or even try to interact with her on a child level.

    Does his sister have kids? Is Tom really the worshipped golden boy of his creepy little family and therefore Suri his supposed progeny is the best thing ever, worthy of adoration? Creepy.

  30. Jaded says:

    That kid looks more like Tommy Davis each day. Just sayin’….I’d love to see a DNA test!

    • Aria says:

      My guess is Katie was pregnant by the time she started dating Tom. That must have been the reason she agreed to date him and become his beard. Of course Tom was thrilled. New young pretty wife and child, a child he could pass as his.

    • Lauren says:

      I finally Googled this Tommy Davis dude..i am freaked out! He is a male Suri. Now i comprehend where all the doubt comes from. Katie..what have you done? BTW..who the hell is the gristly woman in the blue top with Tom & Suri?

  31. Embee says:

    I think the discrepancy in parenting styles will skew in Katie’s favor. Kids crave discipline, predictability and boundaries, even though they scream when it’s implemented!

    Eventually Suri will sense the difference between the authenticity of life with mom, and the chicanery of life with dad.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Let’s hope so! I think this is one reason this story is going to continue. People are concerned about Suri. Most hope for her to have a normal life (whatever that means when you are six and richer than god) and a few want her back in the cult. Poor Suri. Stay strong, Katie!

  32. Vee says:

    I have mixed feelings. She married a man in a cult and gave birth to a child in a cult. With that said, you never quite know how a person is going to parent until the child comes, and starts to grow and throw tantrums. I know 2 marriages that have broken up over vastly differing parenting styles.

    I’m glad Katie and Suri have escaped and I wish them well.

    • AnnieN says:

      Vee, if you look up there’s a quote from one of Katie’s interviews in 2005 where she believed she could be a Scientologist and a Catholic. These were her words.

      • carlino altoviti says:

        Scientology says people can be scientologist and catholic, or muslim, or jew, or buddhist or what you want.
        But I think it is not the truth.

      • Jayne says:

        Holmes’ W magazine interview in august 2005, where she was gushing her love to Cruise, you should read this old interview, she was totally out of it, and you should check the bit about a Jessica Rodriguez, who was her minder during the interview, tottally creepy:
        On the day we meet, Holmes tells me she’s not a Scientologist. (Three days later, in Europe, she will announce that she has converted.) “You know, it’s really exciting,” the actress says of the religion. “I just started auditing”—Scientology’s word for receiving spiritual counseling—“and I’m taking some courses, and I really like it. I feel it’s really helping. What I like about it is that, you know, I was raised Catholic, and you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist, Jewish and a Scientologist.” Holmes went to Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic high school in Toledo, and…
        Copy and paste link for complete crazy interview.

        Tom Cruise a few months later interviewed in April 2006 with Diane Sawyer: Mmm could not copy and paste from People in my ipad… Looked for the interview in Youtube and NOTHING!, butnhere is the quote.
        Katie Holmes is a Scientolgist — “No.  I mean, you can be Catholic and be a Scientologist. You can be Jewish and be a Scientologist. But we’re just Scientologists. Katie, too”
        Hope the links go thru.

  33. Jackson says:

    A small point to this story, but I keep seeing it printed and it bugs me every time. Re: Isabella being fired by Katie “out of the blue” and “for no reason at all.” Meh. I don’t buy that. Don’t we all think Katie firing Isabella under these kind of circumstances would have been a huge issue, especially between her and Tom? Perhaps even raised some red flags for him re: what Katie was up to? So, yeah, I don’t buy this “firing out of the blue and for no reason” story at all. Either she wasn’t fired, or there was good cause. Katie wouldn’t have tipped her hand like that just to make sure Isabella wasn’t working in the same place as Katie. So, yeah, I call BS on that story.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      Completely agree.

      Also there is a lot of anti Katie spin being put about by Tom’s goons like the insufferable Bert Fields who would best serve his client by STFU.

    • BRE says:

      Agreed. When I heard she fired TC’s daughter I thought there is NO way TC would have allowed her to do that so either isabella just stopped working there or that wasn’t the truth at all.

  34. lucy2 says:

    I would think some of this is a bit exaggerated, but I do imagine it will be an uphill battle to parent her more strictly. She’s already 6? and has been very indulged, and Tom will work against Katie on this. But hopefully Suri spends the vast majority of time with her mom and the structure is a good thing for her.

  35. Mooshi says:

    I remember how it felt the day I came home from the attorney’s office, served my beater-cheater husband with a restraining order and changed the locks on the doors.

    It was one of the most exhilarating moments in my life. Happy smile.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Congratulations, Mooshi! Good for you!

    • Chattycat says:

      @Mooshi! Big Happy smiles I bet. :)

    • Ms Deb says:

      Amen to that sister! Did the same. Child comes before self.

    • TrollyDolly says:

      My father was a narcissistic bully and violent alcoholic who terrorised my Mother from when she was 17 to 37. One day she snapped at the beater/cheater (thanks Mooshi for such a pithy phrase) and charged at him with a stiletto. He actually locked himself in my brother’s bedroom and she punched through the door with her shoe. For the first time in 20 years she fought back. He left a few weeks later when he realised his empire had crumbled.

  36. hmm says:

    Anyone still claiming Tom isn’t the father (because he couldn’t get Nicole pregnant, he’s sterile, or whatever) Suri is obviously a dead-ringer for Tom. She clearly has his nose.

    • Tara says:

      Frankly I think she looks like a pretty even KH/TC combo too. Tough to tell tho. Suri is still young, and it’s not like KH, TC, or any of the TC substitutes are all that distinctive looking. And for all those who point to Suris downward sloping eyes, both KH and TC have that same attribute.

  37. LeeLoo says:

    I really hope Tom and Katie work out some consistent rules. I think Katie is doing the right thing by teaching Suri that she cannot always get what she wants. But I worry that Tom will start to “win” Suri by getting her whatever she wants. I hope there are rules in place in the settlement for that sort of thing.

  38. Francesca says:

    I’m sure Tom is just spoiling Suri rotten while he has for a few days, which will only form and sharpen a wedge between Katie and Suri. He can be the most charming person when he wants to. My hope is he will focus on another woman soon and leave these two alone for the most part.

  39. AnnieN says:

    Work boots & moon boots? Why don’t you wear some Pumas TC. You are not a construction worker or an astronaut. Free the work boot!

  40. Kate says:

    So Scientology apparently dictates that the kid should never be made to obey anyone… but the wife must offer mindless obedience at all times? Controlling behaviour is terrible with under-tens, but A Okay with people in their 30s?

    The doublethink in a staff member telling a mother she can’t discipline her child until the intervening staff member has located and asked the father, because you should never tell someone else what they can and can’t do, is kind of mesmerising.

  41. skuddles says:

    Katie looks so sad without Suri… sure a million worries are running through her head now that Tom has their daughter. I have to say, I used to be pretty down on Katie, thinking she was a dough-headed robot who totally bought into the CO$ bullsh*t – but now I feel a lot of respect and compassion for her. I can’t imagine what she’s been through and how much courage it took to divorce Cruise… babe basically took on a badass cult and won. Well she won the first round. This is a fight that will likely never end – not as long as Tom is bringing the crazy. I hope that Katie has a lot of love and support around her now.

  42. erika says:

    —HELP! Somebody call NANNY 911—–

    if only the Ghost of Christmas Future could visit him to see what Suri’s like as an undisciplined, ‘free-living’ “I get what I want cuz I’m Suri” BRAT he would make her eat her broccoli and go to bed at 8pm…

    ‘free to be me’ is a sh**ty recipe for creating a DISASTEROUS adult! Drugging, partying, promiscous and eventually…BANKRUPT!!!

    Tom C. is truly an IDIOT! truly, it’s the SICKEST thing you can do to your own kid…

    Katie- keep the faith, you’re doing her the biggest favor of her life so far…