An insider explained to Star magazine how Tom’s recent phone call with Suri made him realize he needed to get out. “She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up,” the insider claimed. “It hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.” Phone calls and video chats for Tom and Suri can’t really replace spending actual, physical time with each other, especially since Suri is so young.
The source went on to explain the predicament Tom is allegedly in. “Tom has been under tremendous pressure where Suri and Katie are concerned because the church doesn’t want him close to them. They can’t stand that their own poster boy isn’t raising his child in the church,” the source said. “If they label Suri a suppressive person (a Scientology term for an enemy of the church), as they’ve been known to do with dissenters, that would make it hard for Tom to have a relationship with her. He’s between a rock and a hard place, but he’s finally making a choice to put his daughter first,” the source continued.
“Tom has missed birthdays, school events, all the special parts of childhood that happen so fast and are gone before you know it. Suri is not a baby anymore; she is fully aware that her father isn’t around much,” said the insider. “When she speaks to him on the phone, it’s becoming more and more like she’s talking to a stranger.” That’s so unbelievably sad! If Tom does break free from the church’s grip, there’s no telling if the 52-year-old will be able to mend his relationship with his ex, Katie Holmes, 36, but at least he’ll be able to spend more time with Suri without having to report back to Scientology officials.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Is Tom really going to leave the church for Suri?
— Michelle Phi