Tom Cruise: Suri and I Have 'Cheerful' Phone Calls

He defends their relationship in lawsuit against tabloid

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2013 9:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Tom Cruise is fighting back against tabloid allegations that he "abandoned" daughter Suri after divorcing Katie Holmes. He's suing Life & Style and its publisher, Bauer Media Group, over the claims, and Radar got its hands on a declaration filed yesterday. In the months following his 2012 divorce, Cruise explains in the documents, he was overseas working on two films back-to-back. Even so, he saw his daughter in person during four of the seven months in question, and "even during the times when I was working overseas and not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close," Cruise states.

"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," the declaration continues, going on to describe the phone calls as "cheerful." "As my numerous emails with Suri’s mother during this time demonstrated, I was a constant presence in Suri’s life during that time that defendants claim falsely that I abandoned her." Cruise also declares Suri "a very happy child" and their relationship "wonderful." He never, however, refers to Katie Holmes by name.

This Tuesday July 17, 2012 photo shows actor Tom Cruise and daughter Suri Cruise leaving Chelsea Piers in New York.
This Tuesday July 17, 2012 photo shows actor Tom Cruise and daughter Suri Cruise leaving Chelsea Piers in New York.   (AP Photo/ Donald Traill)
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