Note to all you tabloids: Do not mess with Tom Cruise. He does not view bad celebrity gossip lightly, even if few take your magazines seriously anyway.
He is a man who is very private about his personal life, cares a lot about his reputation, and has more money than small countries. Just leave him be.
Some celebs, such as Kim Kardashian, likely view any publicity as good publicity. Being in the exploitation business, you can sort of see why, too.
Tom Cruise is not in the exploitation business, however, and he is suing celebrity gossip magazine Life & Style for claiming he “abandoned” his daughter.
In the wake of his split from Katie Holmes, Tom says he never turned his back on Suri Cruise, and wants legal payback against L&S for saying he did.
The actor slapped the tabloid with a lawsuit in October 2012 and his declaration was filed on Tuesday. In it, he lays out why the allegations are total BS.
The actor claims: “Prior to my divorce in June 2012, my family, including my daughter, Suri, often traveled to my foreign motion picture sets for visits."
"These visits allowed me to see my daughter while fulfilling my obligations to my work, my colleagues, and the studios that hire me,” Cruise stated.
From June-December 2012, "I worked on two back-to-back film projects overseas, in Iceland and the UK," during which Suri lived with Katie in NYC.
“As a result of the changed circumstances following the divorce, we were not able to see each other as often as we did prior to the divorce,” he admits.
However, despite the divorce from Katie Holmes and his schedule, “Suri and I saw each other in person in July, August, November and December."
Additionally, "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,” he says.
“We spoke on the phone nearly every day….as my numerous emails with Suri’s mother during this time demonstrated, I was a constant presence in Suri’s life."
Again, this is all because of an article claiming he was ignoring Suri. His divorce with Katie was amicably settled and there is no custody issue at stake.
Just don't go there, tabs. It's not true or worth the trouble. If you're running out of material, just go with Kim, Khloe or Farrah Abraham. Willing participants!