Happy birthday, Suri Cruise! When it comes to famous celebrity kids, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s daughter Suri has made her mark in more ways than one. Currently living in NYC with mom Holmes, Suri has been a subject of fascination since the moment she was born — but then again, that’s what happens when you’re the kid of Tom Cruise. When Cruise and Holmes had a dramatic split in 2012, Suri’s life was changed forever as she and Holmes moved across the country and severed ties with Cruise. Facing more paparazzi attention than ever, Suri’s formative years were undeniably tough — but all the while, she’s grown up beautifully from a fashionista toddler to a mature, accomplished teen.
Cruise and Holmes’ relationship (and subsequently, Suri) got as much attention as it did largely because of Cruise’s association with the Church of Scientology, whose influence Holmes was reportedly trying to escape when she filed for divorce. But Holmes fleeing to the East Coast only intensified the paparazzi attention around them, and Suri’s mom knows it can’t have been easy for her daughter.
“We were followed a lot when she was little,” Holmes previously told Instyle. “I just wanted her outside, so I would walk her around to find parks at, like, 6 in the morning when nobody would see us.”
While all that attention might have made some kids want to run and hide, Suri embraced it, waving at the paparazzi cheekily and marching to the beat of her own drum. “She came out very strong — she’s always been a strong personality,” Holmes added.
Now turning 17, Suri is entering the world of high school and looking more like mom Holmes every day. Here are a few things you should know about this remarkable young lady.
A version of this was originally published in April 2020.
Her Name Has a Special Meaning
Suri means “Princess” in Hebrew — a fitting name for this rising star.
She’s Studied Ballet & Guitar
Suri Cruise has been taking ballet her whole life, and dad Tom used to drop her off at dance lessons. She also briefly studied guitar, but dropped the classes over conflict with the teacher.
She Went to Private School Avenues in Manhattan
Avenues is an elite private school in Manhattan where Holmes enrolled her daughter. Tuition costs $56,000 per year.
Her Shoe Collection As a Kid Was Worth $150,000
Suri’s wardrobe in her early years was a thing of legend, with all the wealth of Cruise and Holmes behind her. She was once named “Hollywood’s Hottest Tot” because of how frequently her style was mentioned in the news, and reportedly had a wardrobe worth $3.2 million — $150,000 just in shoes.
She Loves Broadway Shows
One perk of having moved to the East Coast? Suri has all the access she wants to her favorite broadway shows, and thanks to mom Holmes, can usually get backstage too. So far, she’s seen Finding Neverland, Cats, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen, and more.
She Lived With Dad Tom Cruise Until She Was 6 Years Old
Suri lived with her mom and dad until she was six years old, arriving six months before their Nov. 2006 wedding. When Holmes filed for divorce in 2012, she was awarded primary custody of Suri with visitation rights granted to Cruise, and she’s lived with her mom ever since.
She’s Almost As Tall As Mom Now
While we may still picture Suri like this at times, there’s no denying the teen is growing up! On a recent shopping trip in NYC, Suri and mom Holmes were spotted side by side (see Daily Mail photos here), and Suri looks just a few inches away from her mom’s 5’9″ frame.
She’s A Big Animal Lover
In early 2022, Suri adopted an adorable puppy. She’s been seen walking the little pup around, looking as happy as can be.
She Adores Fashion
Per DailyMail, Suri has a wardrobe reportedly worth $5 million, further showing her love for fashion.
She Has Musical Talents
For the past few years, Suri has hinted at her affinity for music. In fact, for the film Katie directed called Alone Together, Suri sang “Blue Moon” on the soundtrack, and she’s considering majoring in music in college, per DailyMail.
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