Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter Suri is all grown up. This is what her life is like now.

When Suri Cruise was born on April 18, 2006, she quickly became one of the world’s most famous celebrity babies.

Her parents, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, were the ‘super couple’ of the noughties.

Everywhere they went, the paparazzi followed and almost every photo that emerged of the couple featured baby Suri, so often being carried by her father.

Now, nine years on from Tom and Katie’s highly-publicised divorce in 2012, the world doesn’t see much of Suri Cruise anymore.

But this week, Katie shared a rare photo of her daughter on Instagram to celebrate her 15th birthday. 

"Happy 15th Birthday Sweetheart! I love you!!!!!!!!" the 42-year-old wrote alongside a series of black-and-white photos of Suri. 

 "I can’t believe you are already 15!"

The Dawson’s Creek actress also shared a photo on Instagram to celebrate her daughter's birthday last year. 

"Birthday vibes," she captioned the post of Suri wearing a flower crown. 


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However, birthday celebrations aside, the world has only seen a rare glimpse of Suri throughout the years. 


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“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” -#virginiawoolf

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Happy New Year!

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Last year, the actress told InStyle that Suri is now at the age where she’s developing her own interests.

“I love her so much,” she told the publication. “My biggest goal has always been to nurture her into her individuality, to make sure she is 100 percent herself and strong, confident and able. And to know it. She came out very strong — she’s always been a strong personality.”

Katie also said Suri, who was 14 at the time, had gone through her “girlie stage” and likes to try out new things.

“She’ll pick an activity and work her butt off until she’s really good at it. Then she’s like, ‘Okay, I’m going to try the next thing’. She’s very focused and a hard worker.”

Katie also opened up about her relationship with her only child in an interview with Stellar Magazine in November 2019.

“I have a really close relationship with my mum and a close relationship with my daughter,” she told the publication.

“I have taken advice from my mum in raising my daughter. I appreciate the bond that all of us have, and I appreciate more and more my own mother and the challenges she faced now that I’m a mum.”

Katie, who was in Australia as the ambassador for McHappy Day at the time, added that she and Suri “do a lot of volunteer work together”.

“I enjoy volunteering with my daughter and hearing her point of view and listening to her suggestions on how we can help. It’s important to go and see for myself, and to be part of helping people in any way that I can.”

It’s not the first time the 42-year-old has spoken about her close relationship with her daughter.


In a 2019 interview with Elle U.K., she shared what it was like to become a mum at 27 years old.

“I was happy to become a mum in my 20s,” she said.

“It’s been nice that our ages fit… how do I put this? Every age that my child has been and my age at that time has been a good match. We kind of grew up together.”

Speaking to Town & Country back in 2017, Katie opened up about the challenges of raising her child in the spotlight, saying “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.”

But although Katie has a close relationship with her daughter and occasionally shares photos of her, images of Tom with his daughter have virtually ceased to exist since 2013.

In fact, although the former couple share custody of their daughter, it’s believed the actor is largely estranged from the 15-year-old. 


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For many years, fans have questioned why the actor has seemingly stopped all communication with Suri.

Although Tom is reportedly allowed to see Suri 10 days a month, according to his divorce settlement to Katie, he has chosen not to due to his devotion to Scientology.


“Every person is allowed to see their child if they wanted to,” a source told Us Weekly. “He chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist.”

Reportedly, it is Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ policy between current and former members of the church that has been one of the main contributing factors for Suri’s estrangement from her father.

“Tom eats, breathes and sleeps Scientology,” a source told In Touch.

“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 seven,” they alleged.

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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise in 2012. Image: Getty.

According to the Scientology website, L. Ron Hubbard (the founder of the church) defines disconnection as a "severing of a communication line" between those who are in the church and those who are "antagonistic" towards Scientology.

The church also classifies former members - those who have publicly renounced their faith - as "suppressive persons" (or SPs).

Since Katie has since returned to her Catholic faith, it's fair to assume she has been labelled a "suppressive person" by the Church of Scientology and Cruise is therefore prohibited from communicating with her.

Since Katie also has majority custody of their daughter, this disconnection is extended to his youngest daughter.

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This article was originally published on February 2, 2019, and was updated on April 20, 2021.