Washington: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes “fought viciously” over how to raise their six-year-old daughter Suri, it has been revealed.
According to a source, prior to Holmes’ June 28 divorce filing, the 33-year-old actress bristled at the bizarre tenets behind Scientology parenting, Us Magazine reported.
Raised a Catholic but converting to the talked-about faith after getting together with Cruise, 50, back in 2005, Holmes is fed up with the demands of child-rearing according to Scientology’s rules.
As an infant, little Suri was fed a mixture of barley water, milk and corn syrup instead of formula or breast milk, as prescribed by founder L. Ron Hubbard.
While Cruise enlisted Scientologists to homeschool his children (which also include Connor, 17, and Bella, 19, his kids with ex Nicole Kidman), Holmes wanted a more traditional education for her daughter.
"They fought over schools,” a source said.
Suri’s famously indulged life -- designer clothes, frequent ice cream stops -- was a result of another Scientology tenet, in which parents “treat kids like grown-ups,” a source said.
Another insider added that Cruise was “all-around overindulgent” with Suri. “Katie struggled to be a disciplinarian.”
Holmes herself stopped going to Scientology classes -- which she once attended up to three times a week -- about a year and a half ago.
In her divorce filing last week, she asked for sole legal custody of Suri.
“She wants to be in charge of how Suri is being raised and didn’ want her to have an exclusively Scientology education,” a source said.