It seemed like a perfect match when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch and declared his love for his new love, Katie Holmes.
But after seven years of marriage, Hollywood’s ultimate spark had faded and the A-list couple divorced after having a daughter, Suri, together.
Tom and Katie announced in June 2012 that they were divorcing; An announcement that shocked Hollywood.
They had been married for six years after tying the knot in a Scientologist ceremony in Italy in 2006. However, as the marriage progressed, cracks began to appear, with sources close to Katie suggesting that she became increasingly intimidated by the church, in which Tom remains a powerful figure today.
Twelve years after the separation, Katie, now 45, works in theater and has dedicated herself to directing films, while Suri, now 17, has even sung on the soundtracks of some of her films. mother.
Katie Holmes, 45, and Suri Cruise, 17, have lived together in New York City since Holmes split from Tom Cruise in 2012 (pictured this weekend).
Neither mother nor daughter are said to have had any contact with Tom Cruise, as a source revealed last year that the Top Gun star has “no part” in his daughter’s life as she begins preparing for higher education. and tries to pursue a career in fashion. .
A source told Dailymail.com: ‘Suri is applying to schools all over. (Katie) really wants her to stay in New York so they can be close to each other. Katie is very proud of her but is also extremely overprotective.
The source added that Katie was “overwhelmed” by the thought of her daughter going to college, as Suri is said to be “leaning toward” fashion school.
Following Cruise’s split, Katie Holmes was granted full custody of her daughter, and Suri’s father had frequent and “significant” visitation rights.
Although Cruise pays Holmes approximately $400,000 in child support for Suri, he reportedly has “no part” in his daughter’s life.
They revealed that Tom “has no part in (Suri’s) life”, after it was previously revealed that the pair had not seen each other in years.
When the couple split in 2012, it was reported that Katie had decided to end the couple’s marriage for fear of raising her daughter as a Scientologist, a religion to which Tom is incredibly dedicated.
Their decision to abandon religion, as well as marriage, caused a major rift between the former spouses, causing Tom and Suri’s relationship to become increasingly distant as the years passed.
Divorce documents at the time revealed that Katie Holmes would receive $400,000 each year from billionaire Tom in child support until Suri turned 18.
The Hollywood actor would also pay for Suri’s medical and dental expenses, as well as her insurance, education costs and college tuition. The money is reportedly paid via electronic transfer.
As for Suri’s education, the couple agreed that their daughter would not attend boarding school (which quashed rumors that she would attend a Scientology-run institution).
Katie was granted sole custody of her daughter, while Tom was allowed “significant” visitation rights.
As Suri reaches her teenage years and begins a new phase of her life, another source close to Katie told Dailymail.com: ‘Being raised by a single mother in New York has made Suri who she is. Katie has always put Suri first and Suri loves her mom more than anything.
‘She is an intelligent girl and is becoming a very intelligent mature woman. She has a very close group of loyal friends and she knows exactly where she is coming from.
Throughout her childhood, Katie did her best to keep Suri out of the spotlight as much as possible. However, since the teenager turned 16, the actress has begun to reveal a little more about her daughter’s life.
In 2021, a trailer for a romantic comedy starring and directed by Holmes, Alone Together, featured Suri singing Blue Moon on the soundtrack, while her mother praised her daughter as “the best.”
Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment about her decision to choose her daughter as the cover singer, Holmes praised Suri.
She said: ‘I always want the highest level of talent. So I asked him! She is very, very talented. ‘She said she would do it and recorded it, and I let her do her thing.’
In the same interview, Holmes revealed that he had also recruited Suri to sing in another film he had directed, Rare Objects.
Despite two very impressive credits to her name and being the daughter of two of the biggest names in Hollywood, Holmes insisted that Suri was still, for the most part, “a 16-year-old girl going to high school.” .
Aside from a possible singing career (with a little help from her mother), Suri is believed to be something of a fashionista who inspires her mother, and Holmes recently revealed that she sometimes takes accessories from her daughter.
In 2011, when Suri was just four years old, Katie Holmes told Elle that her daughter often commented on her clothes.
She revealed: “I’m wearing brown suede pants today and she said, ‘I don’t like your pants.'” But then she’ll say, “You have to wear these shoes.” Or “That’s so nice, Mom.” Put that on.’ She has a great eye.
During an interview with InStyle in 2020, Holmes sat down to chat while wearing her 14-year-old daughter’s purple scrunchie.
She revealed that, by then, Suri had outgrown the “girl stage” of her life and was becoming her own person.
Full of affection for her daughter, Holmes said she had raised Suri to be independent and hard-working.
‘She came out very strong, she has always had a strong personality. She will pick an activity and work at it until she is really good at it,” Holmes described.
‘Then she says, ‘Okay, I’m going to try the next thing.’ She’s very focused and very hard-working.’
As for Holmes herself, the actress who made her debut as the shy but boisterous Joey on Dawson’s Creek has honed her artistic talents in recent years, taking on directing projects that include a lockdown romance film in which Suri sang.
Katie was inspired to write Alone Together after seeing the legend in the 1987 film Baby Boom.
Since her split from Tom, Katie was in a private relationship with Jamie Foxx for several years from 2013 to 2019, with the couple only revealing their romance to the public shortly before the split.
She also dated chef Emilio Vitolo and Bobby Wooten III.