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Tom Cruise talks about why he didn’t see daughter Suri for 100 days

by the editorial team Published on 8 November 2013
Tom Cruise talks about why he didn’t see daughter Suri for 100 days© Getty

Tom Cruise is in the hot seat! In a deposition on 9th September, Tom Cruise was questioned by Elizabeth McNamara, the lawyer for Bauer Publishing, over his libel lawsuit against In Touch. The magazine claimed that he "abandoned" Suri after his 2012 divorce from Katie Holmes. Tom has denied the alleged abandonment and blames his constant work schedule in London.

One of the topics Tom was grilled on was the 100 day stint during which he didn't see his daughter in person, not even on her first day of school.

​The father-daughter team spent a holiday in Disney World that ended on 4th August 2012 and Tom did not see his little girl again until Thanksgiving in late November of that year.

The actor defended himself by saying that it was simply impossible to see Suri during that time due to his filming schedule in London, where he was shooting sci-fi thriller All You Need is Kill.

​He said he phoned his daughter every day and told her stories but admitted that phone calls just aren't the same.

When McNamara said, “It really doesn’t substitute for being able to be there does it?”

Cruise admitted, “No, it doesn’t.

He also said that he believes that despite the divorce drama, Suri is, "a very happy child, and confident, and has a good sense of herself".

During the deposition, Tom not only had to defend his parenting choices but also his religion of Scientology.

​When asked whether he though Katie filed for divorce in part to separate herself and her daughter from that lifestyle, Tom admitted that his religion may have played a part in the demise of their marriage.

The Bauer attorney asked him, “And Ms. Holmes has never indicated in any way that was one of the reasons she left you? ... To protect Suri from Scientology?”

Eventually Tom admitted, “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”

But the star was quick to dismiss any idea that his beliefs could negatively affect Suri, saying, "I find that question offensive…There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.”

To sum it all up, Tom claims that these post-divorce developments were simply unavoidable.

​“Things change and there is different agreements, like in any divorce, where you work out schedules. It’s just a different set of circumstances. It certainly does not mean I’ve abandoned my daughter.”

We wonder what Suri will have to say about all of this in her Burn Book.

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Tom Cruise and Suri Cruise © Getty