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article imageOp-Ed: Magazine claims Tom Cruise hasn't visited daughter since Aug. 4

By Larry Clifton     Sep 22, 2012 in Entertainment
New York - Hollywood mega-star Tom Cruise reportedly loves his six-year-old daughter very much - just not enough to visit with her.
While Cruise likely has enough money to buy a small fleet of jets, reports have surfaced that he hasn’t seen his daughter since taking her to Disney World on Aug. 4.
Visiting his child seems to be “mission impossible” for the iconic star. “Sources” have told People Magazine that he calls her a lot and “misses Suri very much.”
However, Mr. Cruise has his priorities – like making movies and money. Cruise, 50, is reportedly in London filming “All You Need is Kill.”
What’s a fabulously rich father to do? He’s busy, no matter how much he misses his daughter, the show must go on.
Meanwhile, Suri is being parented by her mom, Katie Holmes, in New York City, where she just started first grade. No doubt Holmes will email “dad” a copy of her first report card if he is still too busy making movies on parent/teacher day.
And for those fussy fans with old fashioned ideas about parenting, don’t worry, because People Magazine assured its readers that “although her father hasn’t been around since she started school, “he’s up on everything that’s going on in her life.”
Well, that covers it. As long as Mr. Cruise is up on everything, what else matters - other than Suri?
Fatherly phone calls aside, US Weekly reports her “new life as the child of divorced parents has not been easy on Suri.” According to the magazine, a friend of Holmes said the divorce has been hard on Suri and she's acting out. “’Katie says no to some things, but gives a little leeway. She knows Tom is going to spoil her.’"
However In Touch magazine was not as benign with its appraisal of the absence of Mr. Cruise from his daughter’s life.
“However Tom — who didn’t fight Katie for custody of Suri after his wife of five years blindsided him with the divorce in June — was spotted drinking beer with a group of pals at the Swan pub just days before his daughter’s first day in school. “’He was laughing and talking a lot to everyone like he didn’t have a care in the world,’” In Touch quoted a source as saying.
The In Touch piece must have touched a nerve all the way over there in London because Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, called the In Touch story “a disgusting, vicious lie by a disgusting, vicious publishing company who I have strongly recommended we sue.”
Hmm…wouldn’t it be easier to take a private jet to New York and visit his daughter once and a while? Lawsuits, phone calls and money are hardly substitutes for a father to in a six-year-old daughter, as most parents would instinctively understand.
Hope it’s a good movie Tom, because it’s apparently costing you a bundle.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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