While Cruise, 51, has said very little in public about his divorce from Holmes, 34, and relationship with 7-year-old Suri, the court documents he filed in his $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing for magazine cover stories claiming he “abandoned” his daughter after the high-profile split speak volumes.
“The assertion that I ‘abandoned’ Suri after my divorce is patently false,” Cruise states in the documents. “I have in no way cut Suri out of my life – whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise.”
Although the Mission: Impossible star states that he was shooting two movies at the time the “Abandoned by Daddy” story was published, he states in the court documents, “Suri and I saw each other in person in July, August, November and December 2012. But even during the times when I was working overseas and was not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close.”
The actor continues in the documents: “We spoke on the phone nearly every day, and I regularly asked for and received updates concerning her friends and school life, which I then discussed with her during our regular phone calls. As my numerous emails with Suri’s mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri’s life during the time that defendants claim falsely that I abandoned her.”
The court documents end by stating: “I also understand that defendants claim that Suri was ‘feeling abandoned’ during this time period. This is also patently false. While I’m sure my daughter misses me when I am 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,” the document concludes, “that she has ever felt abandoned by me.”