Katie Holmes is notoriously private about her personal life, but even she can’t help posting the occasional proud-mom photo of her only child, Suri — like her shout-out on Wednesday in honor of Suri’s 12th (!!) birthday.
Holmes shares Suri with her ex-husband, actor Tom Cruise (yeah, we know, you already knew that). Holmes was granted primary custody of their daughter after divorcing Cruise in 2012, and the mother and daughter have been pretty inseparable since.
In the black-and-white Instagram post, Suri is sporting a birthday tiara. Holmes captioned the photo with 12 hearts, one for each year of Suri’s life. Celeb moms: They’re just as dorky as us.
Previously, on March 8, Holmes posted another beautiful tribute shot on her Instagram account — a throwback with a tiny, adorable Suri wearing bangs.
In a 2017 interview with Town and Country magazine, Holmes discussed Suri — and her wish to provide stability for her little girl.
“My child is the most important person to me,” Holmes said. “And her upbringing is paramount to my work right now. It’s very important to me that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”
Holmes admitted that she struggles with the thought of an empty nest. “Every day, kids get a little further away from you. That’s a positive thing. They should be becoming more independent, but it’s heartbreaking,” she admitted. “You want them to stay with you forever, but they’re amazing beings, and you have to do everything you can to give them what they need — and then they’re going to go. And that’s going to be very, very hard for me.”
We admire her honesty about how hard letting go of our kids can be. Now if we could just get her to tell us a little bit about what’s going on with Jamie Foxx, we’d be all set.