The sight was familiar: Suri Cruise, clasping her father's chest firmly as he carried her past the snapping wall of the paparazzi outside the Greenwich Hotel.
But July 17 was just a normal day with Daddy. For one month, Suri — along with the world — had been waiting for Tom Cruise to reappear in NYC and visit his daughter after surrendering custody as part of the whirlwind divorce settlement with Katie Holmes. As they slipped into the hotel, the world would be left wondering: What will their reunion be like?
Only hours later, an undercover Star reporter joined Tom and Suri alone in the same room, where she witnessed firsthand Tom reconnecting with his daughter. Based on what the reporter saw — along with the insider accounts of their three days together — Katie has reason to be afraid.
She may have won full custody, but the battle to shield Suri from the same divisive influences of Scientology that turned Nicole Kidman's children against her is anything but decided. Katie may have control over Suri, but Tom has her heart.
Suri has grown up in mansions. She travels on jets and helicopters, and at 6 years old, she has seem more of the world than most Americans will in their entire lives. But when your parents get divorced, no amount of privilege can restore that loss.
Confronted by this new situation, she was naturally torn up when Tom showed up at Katie's new Chelsea apartment to collect his daughter.
"Suri was happy to see Tom, but at first did not want to leave her mom," says a source close to Katie. "She was crying and throwing a tantrum, and Katie felt really bad for putting her through this."
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