It's one of those rumors that at first seems too ridiculous to be true.
But as weeks, months, and then years go by without any official denial it becomes impossible to think it's not rooted in some sort of fact.
It was back in April that was first reported that Tom Cruise hadn't seen his daughter Suri in nearly 1,000 days.
In the months since, the period of abandonment reached the three-year mark.
Rumors that Cruise had completely cut ties with his daughter per instructions issued (or justifications offered) by the leaders of the Church of Scientology began to appear in tabloids and mainstream publications alike, with no refutation from the actor.
Now, OK! magazine has retracted an earlier story in which it claimed that Cruise actually met up with Suri in the apartment of one of his assistants about a year ago.
The tabloid's sources make no mention of Cruise's justification for abandoning his daughter, but they do confirm that the actor has made no effort to get in touch with her.
“There’s been no communication at all," says one insider.
The tabloid fact-checking site Gossip Cop has confirmed the rumor as 100% accurate.
Sources for GC also denies previous stories about Cruise fighting for custody of Suri.
“It’s crazy people are focusing on [Cruise] looking for more custody when he hasn’t even attempted to contact [his daughter] in years," says one insider.
As for what the actor's been doing with all his free time, sources say he's ready to leave Hollywood in his rearview, just as he did with his family.
Reports that Cruise sold his LA home in order to become an "international ambassador" for Scientology have also gone un-denied.
It seems that like Ground Control, Cruise's family is soon to permanently lose contact with the spacey Major Tom.