Tom Cruise leaving Suri rumour is hogwash, says friend

Updated: Sep 27, 2012, 15:23 PM IST

London: Tom Cruise’s friend has slammed reports suggesting that the actor has turned his back on daughter Suri because of his controversial faith, Scientology.

It is said that the ‘Mission Impossible’ star has not seen his daughter for over seven weeks and is currently 3500 miles away, filming in the UK.

But a friend of the 50-year-old actor insisted that the devout Scientologist loves his daughter no matter what religion she is raised by – and is simply busy with other commitments.

Bert Fields said that the claims are “hogwash.”

“This has absolutely nothing to do with Scientology,” the daily Mail quoted him as telling People magazine.

“This is something that’s been going on her whole life – when Cruise is shooting a film out of the country, he has to rely on the telephone,”
he said.

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked on four films with Cruise, insisted that Cruise was every inch a doting father.

“I can tell you that I haven’t had a meeting with Cruise that was not interrupted by a phone call with his daughter,” he said.

“His heart is broken. He misses his little girl and works very hard at parenting.

“His hands have been tied,” he added.

The father-daughter duo was last spotted together on August 5 when Cruise took Suri on an exciting trip to Disney World.

However, McQuarrie stated that it was perfectly normal when a person is a big movie star.

“There’s a commitment [to making movies] that is huge while all this enormous change is happening in his personal life. You can’t simply put a movie on hold and go off and deal with your personal issues,” he said.

“He was finishing [Oblivion] when he learned his wife was divorcing him.

“He was immediately committed to [All You Need Is Kill] and there was no way he could not honour that commitment. You are talking about millions of dollars, hundreds of jobs,” he added.