Washington: Tom Cruise spent a somber 50th birthday with his teenage kids, Connor and Bella, and members of his extended family at his Beverly Hills, California mansion.
Both absent on Tuesday: his estranged wife, Katie Holmes, who filed for divorce last week, and his daughter Suri, 6, who has remained with the actress in their new Manhattan apartment since last week’s split announcement.
“The plan was he was going to spend his birthday with Katie and Suri [in New York City],” a source told People Magazine.
“Then they were going to fly to California where he is going to finish [filming] Oblivion and spend time there,” the source said.
But after Holmes’s divorce filing, which utterly blindsided Cruise, the superstar actor had to abruptly change plans.
With Bella, 19, Connor, 17, and other family members in tow, Cruise left Iceland, where he’s been shooting ‘Oblivion,’ and landed in Burbank early Tuesday.
“They were all together, and one of the reasons he came back to California was that he had to take his family back to LA,” the source said.
The insider also said that the actor also bypassed New York to avoid the paparazzi frenzy.
“It’s an impossible situation and he does not want to subject his daughter to any more trauma,” the source added.
For now, Cruise must rely on regular phone calls with Suri, says the source, adding that the two talk several times a day.
“Say what you will about Tom, but there is no doubt he loves his daughter,” a second source said.
“Not seeing her would be very hard on him.”
As for the mood on the actor’s birthday, it was “somber,” the insider said. “Just very very sad.”