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Tom Cruise has strongly dismissed claims he has “abandoned” his daughter Suri following his divorce from actress Katie Holmes as “patently false”.
“I have in no way cut Suri out of my life,” Tom Cruise said in a declaration filed on Tuesday in a $50 million defamation case against magazine publisher Bauer.
Tom Cruise, 51, is suing Bauer over two 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he was absent from his 7-year-old daughter’s life.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced in June last year after six years of marriage.
The legal action relates to stories in Life & Style and In Touch magazines that claimed overseas film shoots had stopped Tom Cruise being a constant presence in Suri’s life.
Tom Cruise is suing Bauer over two 2012 tabloid stories that claimed he was absent from Suri’s life
In documents made public by Radar Online, Tom Cruise acknowledged he was “a professional actor in motion pictures” whose job involved “extended periods of time in various parts of the world”.
However, Tom Cruise insisted he and his daughter remained “extremely close” and had a “wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls”.
“While I’m sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child,” Tom Cruise’s statement read.
Suri, he continued, “has never indicated, in words or substance, that she has ever felt abandoned by me”.
Tom Cruise’s lawyers are asking a judge to order Bauer to declare it did not have any sources to support its contentions.
Bauer’s lawyers have argued the star’s motion should be rejected, referring to statements from confidential sources that allegedly support its claims.
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Tom Cruise has made his first comments about his divorce from Katie Holmes last year during an interview with a German television.
Tom Cruise, 50, admitted: “I did not expect that.”
The actor added: “Life is a challenge. You are 50 and you think you have everything in order and suddenly it hits you, that’s what life is all about.”
Tom Cruise has made his first comments about his divorce from Katie Holmes last year during an interview with a German television
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 34, split last June just five days before the actor’s 50th birthday.
He said it gave him “an incredible amount of time to reflect” as he celebrated the milestone.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes entered negotiations almost straight away and last month a settlement was agreed with Katie being given primary custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, and Tom getting extensive visitation rights.
Neither couple have ever given a reason for the split but rumors persist Katie Holmes was unhappy with the control the religion Scientology had over the family.
Tom Cruise said getting stuck into work helped him get over the heartbreaking split.
“Life is like a tragic comedy, you need a sense of humor,” he said.
The actor also spoke about doing his own action stunts in his latest $120 million sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion.
“I have done white water rafting, I dipped, with the snowmobile on the glaciers, drove around and climbed mountains.”
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married in a lavish ceremony in Italy in November 2006 after a starting a very public whirlwind romance in April 2005.
Suri Cruise was born in April 2006 and played a star role in their nuptials.
Tom Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two adopted children, Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor.
Tom Cruise’s new movie, Oblivion, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, opens across America on April 19.
Katie Holmes has cottoned onto the craze, jumping on the same bandwagon as Jessica Alba and Jay-Z, and even Rihanna who sampled the London Underground.
Katie Holmes was seen riding the New York subway on Wednesday, going incognito with her hair scraped back into a ponytail, opting to go make-up free beneath large sunglasses.
She also seemed to be prepping for winter, wearing a knitted cream sweater and dark blue jeans, carrying an oversized leather bag and the signature pose of a commuter – keeping her head buried
Using public transport is a stark change from her former life as a Cruise, when she relied not only on chauffeur-driven cars, but also on exclusive A-list travel methods of helicopter ferrying.
Katie Holmes rides the subway
It’s almost as if Katie Holmes’ ride on the subway was a metaphorical two fingers up at ex-husband Tom Cruise.
On Tuesday, Katie Holmes was seen with daughter Suri, arriving home from school by foot instead of a lift from a personal driver.
The six-year-old started at the elite Avenues school in New York last month.
Katie Holmes appeared to be beaming yesterday as she took her daughter Suri Cruise on a trip to the Bronx Zoo.
The girls were seen feeding the giraffes along with other visitors to the New York City attraction and while the treat was probably for her child with Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes seemed the most thrilled.
Katie Holmes grinned with her tongue between her teeth as she extended branches to the animals, which can often be found on safari expeditions.
While her six-year-old little girl could be seen looking very focused on the task at hand, Katie Holmes made sure to snap away at the precious moments on her phone, in between gasping with delight.
Katie Holmes appeared to be beaming yesterday as she took her daughter Suri Cruise on a trip to the Bronx Zoo
Katie Holmes pulled her hair back in a messy ponytail and donned a black and white striped tank top with blue jeans for the outing.
After finalizing her divorce from Tom Cruise earlier this month, Katie Holmes’ life just seems to be going from strength to strength.
Katie Holmes recently landed a role on the Broadway production Dead Accountants and last night she was accompanied by Jonathan Wolfe and reportedly his wife Renee for a nice meal in the Big Apple.
Although she has been making the most of her time with Suri recently, taking her on late night ice cream trips as well as fun children’s activities during the day, Katie Holmes enjoyed some adult time.
Despite her personal and career successes, it would appear that Katie Holmes has decided to lie relatively low for the moment and take advantage of simple pleasures.
She has cancelled what would have been her first official public appearance since her split, at last night’s Dizzy Feet Foundation gala.
Despite her smiling exterior the strain of Katie Holmes’ break-up from Tom Cruise is showing itself in other ways – most notably her rail-thin body.
Katie Holmes, 33, failed to hide her shrinking frame when she spent the day with her and Tom Cruise’s only child, daughter Suri.
Her blue and orange halterneck top clearly displayed her bony back and angular collarbone and her blue jeans seemed to hang off her.
Katie Holmes’ outing came as Tom Cruise’s lawyer lashed out at the actress and her legal team, accusing them of “playing the media”.
High profile lawyer Bert Fields spoke to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat. He would not be drawn on specific details of the divorce – but did stick the knife in and insisted Tom Cruise was “really sad about what’s happening”.
While Katie Holmes attempted a steely resolve yesterday, Suri Cruise looked tired and strained by the emotional custody battle her parents are to embark on.
Katie Holmes failed to hide her shrinking frame when she spent the day with her daughter Suri
The six-year-old is currently dealing with the news that her parents are set for a high-profile divorce.
Katie Holmes held her daughter tenderly in her arms during a trip with friends – and of course security – to the Children’s Museum of the Arts in the Soho area of New York City.
Little Suri, dressed in a pink dress and holding onto a cuddly toy, clung to her mother.
On Fourth of July, Katie Holmes – who filed for divorce from the Hollywood star last week – spent American holiday Independence Day as a single mother for the first time.
Katie Holmes was seen at Wholefoods supermarket near her Chelsea apartment stocking up on food supplies.
Making her way to the store, dressed casually in a denim shirt and a floral summery skirt, the mother-of-one looked feminine and pretty as she skipped along with Suri, who was in the same multi-coloured poppy dress she was in the night before.
Inside the market, Suri rode in the front of the shopping cart playing with a pale pink cowboy hat, with Katie Holmes photographing her wearing it.
The mother and daughter duo were accompanied by one of Katie Holmes’ bodyguards from her top heavy security team.
During the outing Katie Holmes reassured fans that she is coping following the split from Tom Cruise.
Approached as she stocked up on food, Katie Holmes told a New York Daily News reporter: “I’m alright. Thank you.”
Meanwhile it emerged that Katie Holmes is set to show her label Holmes & Yang at New York Fashion Week this September for the first time.
A spokesperson for Katie Holmes told WWD that her personal life would not impact her fashion label, despite her high-profile split from Tom Cruise last week.