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“Top Gun: Maverick” Review: Tom Cruise Feels the Need for Speed in Adrenaline-Fueled Sequel
There are many reasons to like Top Gun . The 1986 Tony Scott movie stars Tom Cruise as Maverick, an arrogant yet talented elite Navy pilot with an addiction to speed, adrenaline and irreverence. He’s all charisma and swagger. Top Gun is an action movie packed with aerobatic stunt sequences. It has a killer soundtrack. There’s a fair amount of melodrama and character growth. Maverick engages in a non-HR-sanctioned — yet somehow sexy — romantic relationship with one of his instructors (Kelly McGillis). And you can simply dig it for its homoerotic content : there’s a bunch of muscled dudes continuously parading themselves in various degrees of undress in front of one other and relishing it.
Top Gun: Maverick , the sequel that’s been more than 30 years in the making and had its release delayed by the pandemic several times, opens exclusively in cinemas on May 27. And it’s one of the few titles I’ve seen in the last year to really justify the extra bother and risk factor of watching it on the big screen.
This cinematic spectacle starts by paying homage to the original movie from its very beginning — with the notes of the “ Top Gun Anthem ” setting the mood — and it never stops. If you liked Top Gun , you’ll enjoy Top Gun: Maverick thoroughly. All the ingredients of the original movie are there.
After more than 30 years, Maverick is still a captain. “You can’t get a promotion. You won’t retire and, despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are,” a frustrated Rear Admiral (Ed Harris) tells Maverick before tasking him with the impossible mission — pun very much intended — of teaching a select group of 12 Top Gun graduates. They’re the best of the best. They’ll have to fly and destroy a uranium-enrichment plant in enemy territory. Getting the pilots out of there alive becomes Maverick’s goal.
Jon Hamm is playing an even less sympathetic and personable boss than he did in Mad Men . He stays on top of Maverick. After all, Maverick’s reputation precedes him — and that’s not a compliment. The movie manages to cast a diverse array of actors — Danny Ramirez, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis — to play the young group of trainee pilots. There’s even a woman — Monica Barbaro — among them. A mustachioed Miles Teller is Rooster, one of the pilots and the son of Maverick’s late partner, Goose (Anthony Edwards). The actors were selected from hundreds of performers to make sure they’d be able to endure the filming conditions inside of actual F-18 jets.
And that’s what justifies buying that theater ticket. Director Joseph Kosinski ( Oblivion ) and his frequent collaborator, cinematographer Claudio Miranda, spent 15 months designing a system to fit six IMAX-quality cameras inside the cockpit of the fighter planes to film the actors while they were actually in the air. (Real Navy pilots took care of the flying, but the actors were also in the cockpit.)
The performers were trained by Cruise on how to optimally frame themselves and operate the cameras while airborne. They also endured a three-month training period led by Cruise to get them acclimatized to aerobatics and flying at a higher g-force level than normal. They started in single-engine airplanes and would later on graduate to the F-18s. “These kids got the hell beat out of them with the g-forces,” Top Gun: Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer explains in the film’s press materials. “One g-force is your body weight, they were doing seven times their body weight, like an elephant sitting on your chest.”
Cruise has been open about his desire to do a sequel only if the technology allowed them to show the true experience of a pilot . His insistence and commitment to cinema paid off. Maverick ’s aviation and dogfighting sequences kept me engaged and tense. It’s evident that they aren’t the product of excessive CGI but the result of real stunts. Even the faces of the actors get distorted while flying in such conditions and that’s difficult to fake if shooting on a soundstage.
Top Gun: Maverick is not all flying and technological prowess though. There’s romance — Maverick rekindles his relationship with bar owner and sailing enthusiast Penny (Jennifer Connelly); a shirtless game of football takes place on the beach; a tragic event ups the dramatic ante; Rooster sings and plays the iconic “Great Balls of Fire” like his dad did; and, even though this isn’t a comedy, I found myself laughing at some very well-written and strategically placed jokes.
Co-screenwriter and frequent Tom Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie almost manages to make Maverick work as a standalone movie. But while this film isn’t just another entry in the catalog of fan-service reboots, the movie does work better when it recreates moments of the original film or pays tribute to Scott’s directing style ( Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to the memory of the late director). At times you wonder whether McQuarrie got the assignment to cram in as many callbacks to the original movie as possible — and as many shirtless moments for Cruise as well.
Even if Top Gun: Maverick has been crafted from more of a 2022 sensibility than the previous film, there’s still an awful lot of testosterone here. And that makes it hard for me to be truly charmed by this film and its predecessor.
Maverick manages to look almost the same as he did in the 1980s, donning the uniform of white t-shirt, jeans, bomber jacket and aviator sunglasses; I was a bit taken aback the first time I saw him using his cell phone. He’s too cool to bother wearing a helmet when he takes the Kawasaki motorbike for a spin, yet he’s succumbed to the smartphone addiction like the rest of us. Then I realized he was texting Ice (Val Kilmer) and it all made sense again. The two of them keep the chemistry going even via text message.
Now, if only they could have included “Take My Breath Away” in this new movie somehow — maybe in the brief and very non-revealing sort-of sex scene between Maverick and Penny (filmmakers really were more daring in the ‘80s) — this would have been the perfect sequel.
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B orn back in 2006, Suri Cruise is the daughter of Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and she has now become a celebrity in her own right.
Suri has been known for her fashionable outfits and her frequent appearances with her mother in New York City.
The teenager hasn't always had it easy with being in the spotlight, though, as she has also been the subject of media scrutiny, particularly during her parents' divorce in 2012.
Suri Cruise has no contact with Tom Cruise
Despite the attention surrounding her, Suri has largely remained out of the public eye in recent years.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that her relationship with the famous actor is practically non-existent.
" Suri does not know her father anymore and she has not spent time with him in a decade," a Daily Mail insider noted.
"She does not go to see his movies and he has no part in her life."
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The Daily Mail also reported that Suri wants to dedicate herself to the world of fashion and that the 17-year-old is currently in search of a college.
" Suri is applying to schools all over the place, though Katie really does want her to stay in New York so they can be close to each other," said a source.
" Katie takes great pride in her but is also extremely overprotective."
Suri 's mother rose to fame for her role as Joey Potter in the popular television series 'Dawson's Creek' and has also appeared in several films such as 'Batman Begins' and 'The Gift'.
In addition to her acting career, Holmes has worked as a model, has her own fashion line and is an advocate for various charitable causes.
She is clearly an inspiration for her daughter, who looks very like her and who shares many of the same interests.
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Does Tom Cruise See Suri? Katie Holmes Wants to ‘Protect’ Her From Scientology
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It was one of the most high-profile celebrity relationships—and subsequent divorces—in recent memory, made all the more sensational thanks to his ties with the controversial Church of Scientology. Does Tom Cruise see Suri is a valid question, though the answer is complicated and will depend on who you ask.
Does Tom Cruise see Suri?
It would appear Tom Cruise doesn’t see Suri all that often. Ever since Holmes and Cruise’s divorce, the Jerry Maguire star has rarely been spotted with his daughter. Holmes has full custody of Suri and lives with her in New York City today. The last known photos of Suri and her dad are from nearly a decade ago in 2012 when the pair visited Disneyland together.
A source who spoke to Hollywood Life in April 2019 revealed that despite their estranged relationship, Tom “still loves” Suri. “As challenging as things have become for him and his daughter, he still loves her,” the insider revealed at the time. “Tom never intended to be estranged from his daughter when he decided to have a family with Katie, and he looks forward to repairing their relationship one day.”
Famous former Scientologist, King of Queens star Leah Remini claimed Cruise was waiting until Suri was older to “indoctrinate” her into Scientology. “Scientology considers Katie a suppressive person which is an enemy and therefore Tom believes, like all Scientologists, that he can’t be connected to Suri,” Remini told The Post in 2020. “I’m sure his master plan is to wait until Suri gets older so that he can lure her into Scientology and away from her mother.”
During his deposition , Cruise responded to the insinuation: “Listen, I find that question offensive,” he said. “I find it—those statements offensive. And like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it. You know, I—I find it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.” The attorney pushed further, asking, “And Ms. Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? … To protect Suri from Scientology?” He says, “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”
While Holmes and Suri have distanced themselves from Scientology, Connor and Bella Cruise are in the thick of it.
Isabella “Bella” Cruise is Cruise’s eldest child. She was adopted by Cruise and his then-wife Nicole Kidman during their marriage, which lasted for a decade until 2001. Like her dad, Bella is a notoriously private person. What we do know about her is that she’s currently based in London, where she works as an artist and owns her own company. Bella is also married to Max Parker, an IT consultant.
When Bella got married in 2015, there was some speculation that she was estranged from her mother and father because neither attended the wedding. The artist has since shut down those claims, telling the Daily Mail in 2016, “Of course [we talk], they’re my parents. Anyone who says otherwise is full of shit.”
While his half-sister Suri may not have a strong relationship with their dad, Connor does seem to be close with the Mission Impossible actor. Both he and his adoptive sister Bella were raised in the Church of Scientology with their father and have been spotted spending time with the actor on multiple occasions now that they’re all grown up. Most recently, Cruise took his son out to a ball game in San Francisco in October 2021, where the pair were spotted by fans on the jumbotron.
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Ever since Katie Holmes Houdini'ed herself out of her marriage to Tom Cruise in 2011, their daughter Suri Cruise has barely seen her father.
Holmes went to great lengths to divorce Cruise , including using burner phones, holding secret meetings with her lawyers and ultimately ended up blind-sighting Cruise.
Apparently, she left him "to protect Suri from Scientology," Cruise admitted at the time.
This week, news broke that 16-year-old Suri is starting to apply for college, but Cruise won't get a say in where she goes.
It's made people wonder what exactly led to the estrangement between the father/daughter duo and just how much his religion played a part.
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"He is not a part of her life"
A source told news.com.au that the Top Gun actor, 60, hasn't seen his daughter in 'a very long time and is not a part of her life.'
He welcomed Suri with Holmes in 2006, but has since distanced himself from her after the divorce.
During his 2012 deposition lawsuit against Bauer Media, Cruise revealed that his commitment to Scientology was a pivotal factor in his divorce and separation from his child.
When lawyers asked whether Holmes divorced him over his ties to the controversial church he said: "That was one of the assertions, yes."
He also admitted in that same legal case that he didn't have any contact with Suri for three months after the divorce.
In 2013, Cruise spoke about the situation candidly with lawyers.
"Listen, when there is a divorce… things change. It’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation."
In 2016, Scientology was accused of keeping Tom and Suri apart. This was due to the church's rules, which prohibits its members from associating with people who aren't Scientologists.
And because Holmes or Suri were nonbelievers, Cruise couldn't uphold a relationship with either of them.
In 2020, Leah Remini, a former Scientologist, told The Post that according to the church, Holmes is classified as a "suppressive person," which is an "enemy."
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Suri is applying to colleges without dad's help
It comes after The Daily Mail revealed that Suri is now applying to colleges with Holmes and her dad has nothing to do with the process.
An insider close to Holmes said that Suri "has sent some applications out" and is "leaning towards" studying fashion in New York.
Apparently, it's a decision that would make her mum proud.
"Suri is applying to schools all over the place. [Katie] really does want her to stay in New York so they can be close to each other. Katie takes great pride in her but is also extremely overprotective," they said.
The same source mentioned that while Tom won't have a say in where Suri goes to college - he will pay her tuition costs, in accordance with his top-secret divorce arrangement with Holmes.
Inside Tom Cruise's Relationship With His Daughter Suri Now
If you're a fan of going to the movies, odds are you've seen at least one Tom Cruise project. The "Mission: Impossible" star is absurdly famous around the world. As a result, many parts of his life have played out in very public ways on very public stages.
Cruise is also 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. While it's clear that Cruise has a great relationship with Isabella and Connor, and both children are active members of his Scientology faith (per The U.S. Sun ), it's less clear what kind of relationship — if any — that he has with Suri. In fact, when Holmes and Cruise divorced, he affirmed that Holmes' desire to keep Suri out of the Scientology faith was a factor in their split (per HuffPost ).
The last public photos of Cruise and Suri date all the way back to 2012, when the two were snapped visiting Disneyland (per Yahoo! ). Here's a look into Tom Cruise's relationship with Suri and where it stands today.
Tom Cruise was so excited about Katie's pregnancy that he bought a sonogram machine
Like a lot of expectant parents, Tom Cruise was ecstatic about the impending arrival of his third child, Suri Cruise. In fact, he was so excited about Suri that he reportedly bought his own ultrasound machine so that he could see her every day. Cruise told Barbara Walters about the purchase, which can cost up to $200,000 (per BBC News ). He seemed to understand that the purchase was on the lavish end, as he reassured people that the machine would be donated to a hospital after Katie Holmes gave birth.
However, not everyone thought the act was a great idea. In fact, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine issued a statement condemning the act, noting that the buy bordered on abusing the equipment. President Lennard Greenbaum, MD, said, in part, that "Tom Cruise's recent purchase of an ultrasound machine for personal use at home is both inappropriate and in violation of FDA rules addressing the sale of medical equipment."
Tom Cruise described his daughter Suri's birth as 'spiritual'
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed Suri Cruise on April 18, 2006 . From all accounts, and especially from Cruise's, Suri's arrival into the world was fairly extraordinary. In fact, only a few days after her birth, Cruise described the experience to "20/20" and still seemed in awe of everything he witnessed (via ABC News ). He said, "It was everything that we wanted it to be. ... It was spiritual. It was powerful. It was indescribable."
Plenty of outlets shared news of Suri's birth, as public interest in the newborn was quite high. CBS News noted that Suri weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and clocked in at 20 inches long. A representative for Cruise and Holmes also shared information about her name, noting that Suri has Hebrew origins and can mean "princess," as well as Persian roots, which could give her name the meaning "red rose."
Notably, Cruise and Holmes were also able to leave their home to head to the hospital in private, which was quite a feat considering the vast amount of attention they were receiving at the time.
Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise appeared to have a good relationship until 2012
In 2004, a then-engaged Katie Holmes admitted to Seventeen that she had once fantasized about marrying Tom Cruise (per HuffPost ). Fast-forward a few years, and Holmes found herself walking away from the very marriage she once said she wanted.
From all appearances, Tom Cruise and daughter Suri had a solid parent-child relationship up until 2012. That was the year that Katie Holmes filed for divorce in a move that apparently surprised Cruise. While speaking to German TV network ProSieben (via CBS News ), he admitted that he didn't see the divorce coming at all, saying, "I didn't expect it." He added, "Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor."
It seems that after he recovered from the shock of his wife of six years wanting a divorce, he bounced back pretty quickly. InStyle noted that the two were able to work through their divorce pretty quickly, with a settlement being reached after only 11 days.
He admitted that Katie Holmes left him to 'protect' Suri from Scientology
While Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have been pretty quiet when it comes for the exact hows and whys of their divorce, when pushed, Cruise definitely let something slip: One of big reasons Holmes said she wanted a divorce was reportedly to "protect" their daughter, Suri, from Cruise's religion, Scientology . The admission came out during his deposition during a libel lawsuit he filed against a tabloid. When asked if Holmes felt she had to protect Suri by leaving the relationship, as reported by HuffPost , he first replied that the question was "offensive" and that "there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion," before saying, "Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."
On top of that, Cruise also admitted that Suri was no longer a practicing member of the religion (per TMZ ). While HuffPost asserts this means Suri has now been deemed a "suppressive person" in the eyes of the Church of Scientology, there have been no public statements made to that effect. Notably, "suppressive" people are often, if not always, "cut off" from those that are still active members of Scientology.
Tom Cruise was not awarded custody of Suri
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hammered out the details of their divorce settlement in 11 days (per InStyle ), which is pretty remarkable. Surprisingly to many, Cruise was not awarded custody of the pair's daughter, Suri Cruise, at all, and instead walked away from the discussions with visitation rights only. In fact, Tom Cruise was told he can visit with Suri up to 10 days a month, according to Us Weekly .
Cruise also committed to a fairly hefty sum for child support, and TMZ reported that he pays over $33,000 a month for Suri's care. While that's noting to sniff at, it's a far cry from the sum a judge could have probably ordered him to pay if the divorce had gone to court, especially as his overall net worth is believed to be approximately $600 million (per Celebrity Net Worth ). Cruise is also in charge of covering any necessary expenses Suri might rack up, including medical and dental insurance, schooling, and college, and he also funds extracurricular activities (per TMZ).
It sounds like Tom Cruise doesn't always see Suri in person
Even though the custody agreement struck between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes makes it clear that he can see their daughter, Suri Cruise, for 10 days a month, it seems like he hasn't been able to make that happen. On top of that, a source apparently close to the situation told Us Weekly that this seems to be a deliberate choice that Cruise is making. The source told the publication, "Every person is allowed to see their child if they wanted to. He chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist."
Outspoken critic of Scientology Tony Ortega spoke to Us Weekly about what might be going on behind closed doors, explaining that it's possible Holmes signed a document agreeing not to speak badly of the religion in order to get full custody. Ortega added that Holmes only had one objective: to take care of Suri. He said, "She wanted to get away and she wanted to get Suri."
In 2013, Tom Cruise admitted he hadn't seen Suri Cruise for 100 days
Things only got messier for Tom Cruise in the year after his divorce was finalized. In 2013, he admitted that he hadn't seen his youngest child for at least 100 days, explaining that his prolonged absence was due to his filming schedule.
According to People , Cruise said in a deposition hearing for her lawsuit again Bauer Publishing that it was "impossible" for him to see Suri during that time, and on top of that, he claimed that the then 7-year-old seemed just fine without him. After sharing that he's "very good" at talking to his daughter on the phone, Cruise added, "I also find that, you know, Suri is a very happy child, and confident, and has a good sense of herself."
He further explained that, though he missed Suri's first day of school, that was because his daughter didn't ask him to be there herself.
How long has it been since he's seen his daughter in person?
While Tom Cruise might have been able to explain why he didn't see Suri Cruise for 100 days, he then reportedly missed out on seeing his daughter in person for over 1,000 days. In 2016, In Touch Weekly reported that Cruise had not seen or exchanged words with Suri in over two and a half years. A source allegedly close to the situation told the publication that the pair had been using video chat and text messaging to stay in touch but that it had slowed down, before adding that Suri no longer really bought her father's explanations for why he was missing. The source said, "He uses his film commitments as an excuse, but the truth is that doesn't hold much weight with Suri anymore."
As in the past, some believe that Cruise's religion is the reason why he keeps missing out on his daughter's life. The same source told In Touch as much, noting, "He's disconnected from Katie, and then de facto from Suri, because of her connection to Katie. He hasn't seen her since she was 7."
A friend reportedly said Tom Cruise never meant to 'be estranged' from Suri
Despite Tom Cruise's reportedly prolonged period of estrangement from Suri, an alleged friend of his has stated that the actor never meant to be so far removed from his daughter. While speaking to Hollywood Life in 2019, the friend explained that, even though Cruise isn't with Suri on important days like her birthday, he's always planning for them. The friend said, "Tom does plan to send Suri a gift and call her on her birthday."
The friend added that Cruise has a lot of love for Suri, and that being this distant from his daughter wasn't something he anticipated when he and Katie Holmes welcomed Suri to the world. The friend explained, "Tom never intended to be estranged from his daughter when he decided to have a family with Katie and looks forward to repairing the relationship one day."
While it's unclear when Cruise will ever reconnect with his daughter, assuming the reports about their estrangement are true, one thing that is certainly true is that the path getting to this point has been long, winding, and, truth be told, quite confusing. Perhaps the two will grow closer when Suri is an adult.
Tom Cruise doesn't live in the same state as Suri
One factor that likely complicates the relationship between Tom Cruise and daughter Suri is that they don't live in the same state — or even the same country. While Suri lives in New York City with her mom, Katie Holmes, Cruise has reportedly been living in London, England, since April 2021 (per In Touch Weekly ).
A source told the publication that the city is a natural fit for Cruise, explaining that he especially enjoys the rainy weather and being able to walk around his new home. He is also reportedly fond of the city because of the anonymity it lends him. The source said, "If he wears a hat and mask, he can slip into bookstores or antique shops and no one knows it's him. He's got family living there, too, which gives him a sense of belonging."
As for Suri, she and her mom moved to New York following the divorce. Holmes admitted to InStyle in 2020 that the city isn't quite as private as she'd like, but she said that the city is just right for her and Suri. She shared, "What I love about New York is that for me and my child, this is our vibe."
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Why Tom Cruise 'Chooses Not To See' His Daughter 11 Years After Their Last Sighting Together
She has been deemed a "suppressive person.".
By Alice Kelly — Last updated on Mar 04, 2023
Tom Cruise’s relationship with his daughter, Suri Cruise, is a topic that has long-bewildered fans of the actor.
In the 2000s, Cruise and Katie Holmes were regularly blasted across tabloids with their daughter. But, following their divorce in 2012, Cruise’s public appearances with Suri were rare.
Here are all the details on Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise's relationship now.
Does Tom Cruise see Suri?
Rumors have circulated that Cruise's role in the Church of Scientology has complicated his relationship with his youngest child.
Tom Cruise has not been seen publicly with Suri since 2012 and is reportedly estranged from his daughter.
According to Us Weekly, it has been 11 years since the "Top Gun" star was seen publicly with Suri, who is now 16 — almost 17 — years old.
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It is unclear whether he has seen or spoken to her behind closed doors but Page Six claims the star has not seen Suri since she was 7.
“If he wanted to see her, he could see her,” one source told Page Six . “Even people in prison have a right to see their children.”
Katie Holmes has custody of Suri but Cruise was given visitation rights.
The “Mission Impossible” actor and the “Dawson’s Creek” alum settled proceedings just 11 days after Holmes filed for divorce. Holmes was granted custody of their daughter.
Cruise was given visitation rights of 10 days per month but sources claim he opts not to see her.
“He chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist,” claimed an Us Weekly source in 2018. Cruise reportedly pays over $33,000 per month in child support for Suri.
“He still loves her,” a source told Hollywood Life in 2019.
“Tom never intended to be estranged from his daughter when he decided to have a family with Katie and looks forward to repairing the relationship one day.”
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Katie Holmes allegedly took Suri away from Tom Cruise to save her from Scientology.
Cruise is a member of the controversial Church of Scientology, a religious group often accused of being both a dangerous cult and a manipulative profit-making business.
Holmes also studied Scientology during their marriage but reportedly left Cruise to avoid becoming further entrenched in the group.
The actress now lives primarily in New York City with Suri, a relocation that may have helped her get her daughter out of the church.
In a 2013 libel suit against Bauer Media, whose magazines claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri Cruise, Cruise labeled the suggestion that Holmes divorced him "in part to protect Suri from Scientology" as “offensive.”
However, when asked if his ex-wife ever indicated that she left because of the religion or because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, Cruise responded:
"Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."
This likely means that Suri and Holmes have both been deemed a “Suppressive Person” by the church — a term Scientologists use to describe people who impede the progress of individual Scientologists or the Scientology movement.
Sources say that anyone who leaves the church is cut off from all members of the church, including their immediate family.
It is suspected that Holmes has been banned from speaking about Scientology.
The actress has never publicly spoken about her ex-husband’s religion nor why she left the church and critics of the group have suggested that she might be legally restricted from doing so.
Tony Ortega, former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice and a critic of Scientology, told Us Weekly that Holmes probably signed “some nondisclosure agreement saying she wouldn’t say anything bad about Scientology.”
“She wanted to get away and she wanted to get Suri,” Ortega explains.
He also suggested that she has been advised not to associate with Leah Remini, a fellow actress who has been outspoken about leaving the church.
“I’m sure her father, who’s a smart attorney, has probably told her that hanging out with Leah would be considered disparaging the church in the eyes of Tom and the church,” Ortega says.
Tom Cruise appears to have a relationship with the children he shares with Nicole Kidman.
Cruise also shares two adult children, Connor and Isabella, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman and, by all accounts, seems close with them.
Both children, who were adopted by the former couple, recently promoted their father’s new movie, “Top Gun: Maverick” on their social media platforms.
Connor and Isabella are active members of the Church Of Scientology.
“They are adults," Kidman said about their faith in 2018. "They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them."
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Tom Cruise continues to be estranged from his daughter, Suri Cruise, Page Six can confirm.
A source tells us exclusively that the “Mission: Impossible” star, 60, has not seen the 16-year-old in a very long time and is not a part of her life.
Reps for Tom did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
The movie star welcomed Suri with his then-girlfriend, Katie Holmes, in April 2006, but after the former couple split in 2011 , the father-daughter duo drifted further and further apart.
Tom admitted in transcripts from his 2012 defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media that he had not seen Suri for three months right after he and Holmes, now 44, called it quits.
“Listen, when there is a divorce … things change,” he told lawyers in 2013. “It’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation.”
During a deposition for that same $50 million suit — which was ultimately settled — the “Top Gun” star confessed that his ties to Scientology had played a pivotal role in why he was separated from his kid.
When asked whether Holmes had left him “in part to protect Suri from Scientology,” Tom responded at the time, “That was one of the assertions, yes.”
In 2016, the controversial church was once again blamed for keeping Tom and Suri apart because, according to its rules, members are forbidden from associating with nonbelievers.
Since neither Suri nor Holmes were Scientologists, Tom reportedly could not have a relationship with either one.
“This is his loss, his issue, his problem,” a source told Page Six at the time. “He must be really brainwashed.”
Former Scientologist Leah Remini told The Post in 2020 that Scientology considers Holmes a “suppressive person,” which is an “enemy,” and therefore Tom believes he “can’t be connected to Suri.”
The “King of Queens” alum, who has been fighting to publicly expose the alleged misdeeds of the Church of Scientology, speculated of Tom, “I’m sure his master plan is to wait until Suri gets older so that he can lure her into Scientology and away from her mother.”
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Aside from the drama involving her father, Suri appears to live a relatively normal life with her mom in New York City.
Over the years, she has been photographed casually going for a stroll in the Big Apple and hanging with a small group of friends .
In 2017, Holmes spoke about wanting to give her daughter a “stable” childhood .
The “Dawson’s Creek” alum told Town & Country at the time, “My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now.
“It’s very important that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”
Holmes’ rep did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
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Tom Cruise continues to play ‘no role’ in teenage daughter Suri’s life as she prepares for college: report
According to reports, tom cruise and his daughter suri have been estranged since 2013. she is now preparing to apply to colleges, to study fashion..
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise continues to be separated from his daughter Suri, who was born in 2006, when he was married to actor Katie Holmes. A new report on Page Six cites a source as saying that Suri, now 16, lives in New York with her mother after her parents’ separation in 2011. The Daily Mail cited a source as saying that Suri has started applying to colleges, and wants to study fashion.
“Suri is applying to schools all over the place. (Katie) really does want her to stay in New York so they can be close to each other. Katie takes great pride in her but is also extremely overprotective,” the insider shared. The same report said that Cruise has been estranged from Suri since 2013, and is supposed to pay for her higher education. According to the report, he is required to pay $400,000 a year until Suri turns 18. “Being raised by a single mom in New York has made Suri who she is. Katie has always put Suri first and Suri loves her mom more than anything,” the source continued, adding, “She is a smart girl, and she is turning into a very intelligent mature woman. She has a very close group of loyal friends, and she knows exactly where she comes from.”
Cruise had admitted that he was no longer involved in Suri’s life right after he split from Holmes, even mentioning in a deposition that he hasn’t been able to see her in three months. The actor had told the court while fighting a case against a media publication, “Listen, when there is a divorce … things change. It’s not an ideal scene. It’s not an ideal situation.”
When he was asked about the reason behind his separation from Holmes, with whom he seemed madly in love with at one point, the actor said his associations with the controversial Church of Scientology might have been a part of the problem, as per Page Six. The lawyers had asked him if Holmes had gone her own way “in part to protect Suri from Scientology,” and Cruise had stated, “That was one of the assertions, yes.”
The Church of Scientology forbids members from associating with non-believers, who are called ‘suppressive persons’. Former Scientologist Leah Remini had told The Post in 2020 that Scientology considers Holmes an ‘enemy’ since she doesn’t believe in its practices, and consequently their daughter Suri cannot form any connection with her father: “I’m sure his master plan is to wait until Suri gets older so that he can lure her into Scientology and away from her mother.”
Cruise is one of the most high-profile Scientologists in the world, which continues to be a controversial aspect of his private life. Professionally, he experienced the biggest success of his career last year with Top Gun: Maverick.
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