Tom says his 13-year-old approved of his relationship with Holmes from the beginning


Tom Cruise didn’t just blindly take up with Katie Holmes – he had the approval of his 13-year-old daughter, Isabella.

“After I began dating Kate, Bella looked at me and said, ‘Don’t let this one go. She’s the one,'” Cruise tells Good Housekeeping magazine in its June cover story. (The issue goes on sale May 16.)

Not that the Mission: Impossible III star couldn’t sense Holmes’s attraction for himself. He says, “I knew almost as soon as I met her. I thought, I’m going to be with this woman. And then after a couple of hours, I thought, I’m going to marry this woman. I just knew.”

Cruise, 43, also says that he didn’t think that either one of his previous wives – Mimi Rogers, to whom he was married from 1987-90, or Nicole Kidman, 1990-2001, with whom he adopted Isabella and Connor, now 11 – would mind his being so public about his love for Holmes, 27.

“I mean, look, they’re ex-wives,” he reasons, adding: “But the happiness I’m feeling, that’s absolutely what I wish for them. I really do.”

He says he and Holmes haven’t married yet because when she got pregnant he was so busy with M:I3, “and neither one of us felt like, Hey, let’s just get married.” He also says they need some time to make sure the ceremony and celebration will “be something special.”

Besides, he says, “in many ways, we feel like we already are married. I know I’m with the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. So the wedding – that’s just the party.”

He similarly looks forward to his 3-week-old daughter Suri’s attendance at the ceremony: “It’s going to be really special to have our new baby there.”

Cruise doesn t shy away from some of the debate that surrounds him. Of his fervid stance against anti-depressants, based on his beliefs in Scientology, he tells Good Housekeeping: “I know this is controversial. And people don’t have to listen to me. But they should find out about this for themselves. I really do care about people, and I care about the way that lives are being harmed by these drugs.”