This might be for the best, but that doesn't make it any less sad.
We're all familiar with allegations that Tom Cruise hasn't seen his daughter Suri Cruise in years.
We just got an update and ... based upon these claims, it doesn't sound like Tom Cruise is going to be winning any father-of-the-year awards.
Tom Cruise's marriage to Katie Holmes seemed like a fairytale romance at first.
He was Tom Cruise. Like so many Americans, Katie Holmes had had a crush on him since an early age.
it can be hard to remember for some and even harder to believe for some younger folks, but Tom Cruise was once a young man and a teen heartthrob.
Even now that he's older, he's still aged fairly well.
The fact that he jumped up and down on Oprah's couch, very likely making her security team wonder if they needed to rush the stage and tackle the famous actor, was a worrisome quirk that most people attributed to romantic enthusiasm
Though, even then, some worried that the A-list actor might have some sort of untreated mental illness.
It really was a fairytale romance -- but the sort that happens before the fairytale begins, where the couple is cursed to unhappiness and their daughter's well-being and destiny hangs in the balance.
According to In Touch magazine's latest issue, Suri Cruise -- Tom and Katie's 11-year-old daughter -- has not seen her father and her father has not seen her for 1,458 days.
That is very nearly four years.
Their source claims that this is just the way that things are right now.
"Tom has moved on to the next phase of his life and he’s finishing up his latest movie."
His daughter is only 11 years old, so that's ... a questionable choice, to say the least.
"There’s no communication and they haven’t seen each other. Tom rarely talks about her."
This insider does admit that there is some possibility that they won't be separate entities forever.
"Someday down the line, he might reconnect with Suri."
Right now, that doesn't sound like its in the cards.
"Tom is all about making movies, Scientology, and a small circle of friends."
Most would say that parental responsibilities should always, always come first.
Plenty of people, children included, go a long time without seeing one of their parents.
What's much less usual is for the absent parent to also be a big-name actor whose movie trailers and promotional materials must be virtually impossible to avoid.
There's no telling what Suri Cruise thinks of all this.
Many people say that this is terrible, that of course Suri Cruise would be better off if she had contact with her father.
We ... have to wonder if this might be exactly how Katie Holmes wants it.
Tom Cruise is a very polarizing figure. He's the posterboy for the wildly controversial Church of Scientology.
He's come under fire for his (Scientology-based) opposition to psychiatry and to the medicines that save people's lives.
Katie Holmes has been extremely tight-lipped following her divorce from Tom, when surely everything that she experienced and had to say could have filled a best-selling Tell-All that would be read 'round the world.
Even Jamie Foxx has been quiet about his relationship with Katie Holmes, even though the two of them have been spotted together recently and rumored to be an item for years.
You can't help but wonder if Katie Holmes' polite silence came at a price.
We might sound like conspiracy theorists, wondering if Katie Holmes blackmailed Tom Cruise or the entire Church of Scientology into surrendering Suri to her and leaving them alone.
But it sounds a lot more plausible than Tom Cruise thinking that 2017's The Mummy film is more valuable than his daughter.
(I sat through that whole film because I love Ancient Egyptian stuff and also Sofia Boutella is gorgeous and amazing. Take it from me -- the film was bad. I say that as someone who truly enjoyed the 2016 Warcraft film)
Whatever the case, there's nothing wrong with being raised by a single parent.
We wonder if Tom Cruise will one day regret his choices.
We also wonder what Suri, who will be an adult before we know it, will one day have to say about all of this.