The truth about Tom Cruise's relationship with daughter Suri

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After his high-profile divorce from Katie Holmes in 2012, Tom Cruise was deprived of his custody of the pair's daughter, Suri Cruise. As the actor continues missing out on his daughter's life, their father-daughter relationship deteriorates throughout the years.

If you're an avid filmgoer and a fan of the silver screen, then the name Tom Cruise must ring a bell. Having established a solid position in the entertainment world, the Top Gun Maverick actor has remained one of Hollywood's highest-paid stars. Aside from his glorious career that made him a household name, however, Cruise's life is also a matter of interest for the public due to his marriage, religiousness, and faith - which is claimed to be a cause for the actor's deteriorating relationship with his daughter, Suri Cruise. Here are details of why Cruise fell out with his own daughter.

Cruise had an enviable career

Tom Cruise is an American actor born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York into an average-income family. Due to dyslexia, Cruise was unable to achieve academic success and instead, pursued a professional acting career.

Tom Cruise's relationship with daughter Suri Barry King

Throughout his decades-long career, Cruise boasts an enviable collection of box-office hits that received both critical acclaim and commercial success. His acting career saw its turning point in the 1986 legendary action drama film Top Gun. Following the film's tremendous success, Cruise continued to expand his portfolio by starring in movies of different genres in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The Mission Impossible franchise actor proved his commercial prowess in almost every cinematic release he participated in, such as Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jerry McGuire (1996). His motion picture career rose in leaps and bounds, making him one of the most well-paid actors in the capital of films.

His marriage was not successful

According to The List, Cruise is a dad to three children. He shares his oldest, Isabella and Connor, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and his youngest, Suri, with ex-wife Katie Holmes.

Contrary to popular belief, his first marriage was with neither Kidman nor Holmes. According to Biography, Cruise's first wife was actress Mimi Rogers, who was claimed to have a substantial influence on his religiousness and faith. The marriage was short-lived, however, ending after three years in 1990. In the same year, Cruise met, proposed, and married colleague actress Nicole Kidman. Cruise and Kidman announced their divorce in 2001 due to irreversible clashes in lifestyle.

In June 2005, Cruise dated rising actress Katie Holmes for a two-month period, which was followed by a hasty announcement that the two were expecting a baby in October 2005. In 2006, Cruise and Holmes welcomed the birth of their only daughter, Suri Cruise. History repeated itself when Cruise and Holmes separated in 2012.

He wasn't allowed to raise his daughter

According to The List, Tom Cruise's relationship with Suri Cruise underwent a downward spiral after the parents' divorce in 2012. The two were last spotted together back in 2012 when visiting Disneylands. What followed the high-profile divorce with Katie Holmes in 2012 turned out to be an unwanted disaster for Cruise.

Tom Cruise's relationship with daughter Suri  Anthony Harvey

In Style writes that details of their divorce settlement state Cruise didn't have any custody of his own child, and was granted only visitation rights up to 10 times per month. Aside from being disconnected from his kid, Cruise was also made liable for the whopping $30,000 monthly child support fees, including medical and dental insurance, schooling, college, and other expenses.

People reports that Cruise didn't seize the visitation right, on account of his fully-packed filming schedule, which just didn't lend weight to Suri Cruise. A source told US Weekly:

He uses his film commitments as an excuse, but the truth is that doesn't hold much weight with Suri anymore.

His lackluster effort to rekindle the father-daughter relationship only served to escalate the problem. Initially, Suri and Tom still maintained contact by chat messaging and video calls, but as the child grew up, their distance kept widening. While details of Cruise's estrangement from Suri were vague, one possible cause was his staunch faith in Scientology, one of the most influential religions in recent years.

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