Tom Cruise Says He Did Not Abandon Daughter, Admits Not Seeing Her As OftenHollywood A-lister Tom Cruise is denying that he has “abandoned” his daughter Suri after his divorce from actress Katie Holmes in 2012.
Cruise claims in a statement filed in court this week that he has a “wonderful relationship” with Suri who Cruise says has not “indicated…that she ever felt abandoned by me.”
The statement is a reaction to magazines who claimed last year that the megastar has abandoned his daughter.
According to reports, Cruise is seeking $50 million in damages from Bauer, the publisher of American magazines Life and Style and InTouch.
After Cruise and Holmes announced in June 2012 that they are separating, the Life and Style magazine released an issue with a cover which featured Suri crying with the headline “Suri in tears, abandoned by her dad”.
In the statement filed by Cruise this week and published by Radar Online recently, he said that the “assertion that I 'abandoned' Suri after my divorce is patently false.”
“I have in no way cut Suri out of my life -- whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise. Even during the times when I was overseas and not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continued to be) extremely close,” he added.
Nonetheless, Cruise admitted that he has seen less of Suri.
In the statement, he said that from June to December of last year, he was shooting back-to-back movies and was outside of the US.
Because of this, he says that the changed circumstances made them not able to see each other.
Cruise said, however, that emails with Holmes show that he “was a constant presence in Suri's life during the time that defendants false claim that I abandoned her.”
“While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I'm not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls. She has never indicated, in words or substance, that she has ever felt abandoned by me,” Cruise added.