As far as we know, Tom Cruise hasn't seen his daughter Suri in nearly 5 years.
Suri is now 11 years old. Unless they've had secret meetings that no one knows about, that's about half of her life.
According to one insider's report, Suri may be reaching a breaking point.
Katie Holmes gave birth to Suri in 2006. Suri lives with her mother and it seems that her famous father has absolutely nothing to do with her. Does Tom Cruise never want to see his daughter?
Suri will turn 12 this year. According to HollywoodLife's insider, Suri wants contact with Tom Cruise.
"She’s at an age where she needs her father’s love."
Obviously, children need love and support, and that doesn't always come from two parents. (Sometimes it comes from one, sometimes from five)
But we can only imagine what it's like to see your father on billboards and movie trailers but never to see him in person.
"Any child in her position would naturally begin to question why her father won’t see her."
We would hope that Katie Holmes has explained the situation -- whatever the truth of the matter is -- to Suri.
It may be that Suri knows more about it than any of the rest of us do. We hope so.
HollywoodLife's source says that Suri has "surely" reached out to her absent father, but apparently to no avail.
"It’s enough to make you cry."
We'll take that with a grain of salt, since perhaps the source is making some assumptions (and perhaps projecting a little from their own issues?).
But there's more.
This source claims that Tom Cruise "can’t possibly know his daughter."
That sounds about right.
What everyone, and perhaps even Tom Cruise, can know is that "she’s doing well in school and loves theater and dance."
That's so sweet to hear.
While Suri's approaching the age where a lot of kids are expected to start deciding what they want to do for a living, she's also at an age where she's probably figuring out her interests -- if she didn't know them already.
Like many, HollywoodLife's source assumes that Tom's motives may be religiously motivated.
"I guess Tom would rather isolate himself from his flesh and blood than risk upsetting Scientology."
The Church of Scientology is a massive and secretive religious organization that the German government classifies as a "predatory business,"
Tom Cruise is not only a Scientologist -- he's their golden boy. Even though he's 55. And even though it seems like it's been a long, long time since he was in a film that performed well at the box office or was even, you know, good.
But he still gets work. Some credit that to the influence of the Church of Scientology.
"His church and his career are the priorities now."
Ultimately, we don't know -- we can't know -- what is keeping Tom and Suri safe.
It may be that there's some secret agreement between Tom and Katie. That, for Suri's good, Katie got Tom to stay out of Suri's life so that Suri can be free of Scientology. It may be that the trade-off was that Katie's relationship with Jamie Foxx has to remain secret.
Or it may be just as it appears -- that Tom is focused on his career and his role within Scientology.
Maybe Suri understands the situation perfectly. Maybe she doesn't.
Honestly? Who knows.
What we do know is that Suri has a mother who loves and supports her. Surely, that's what matters.