Tom Cruise chooses not to see his daughter Suri, despite being allowed a monthly visit, a source revealed to Us Weekly. Read on for more details.
"Every person is allowed to see their child if they wanted to," the insider told Us, adding that the custody arrangement between Tom and Katie Holmes over 12-year-old Suri is outlined in the their divorce agreement. Tom's allotted 10 days to visit each month. "He chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist."
Tom, 56, and Katie, 39, were married for six years, from 2006-2012. Another source told Us that Tom hasn't been photographed with Suri since 2013, a year following the split.
Former editor in chief of The Village Voice and outspoken critic of Scientology Tony Ortega added that it's likely Katie signed a "nondisclosure agreement saying she wouldn’t say anything bad about Scientology" in order to ensure she had primary custody of Suri. "She wanted to get away and she wanted to get Suri," Tony said.
Tony added that Katie was also likely advised to avoid Leah Remini, a former friend and Scientologist, following her divorce from Tom. "I’m sure her father, who’s a smart attorney, has probably told her that hanging out with Leah would be considered disparaging the church in the eyes of Tom and the church," Tony explained. "We were all hoping that eventually Katie would say more and that we’d see them together, but Leah has gone on to become this real lightning rod for exposing Scientology’s abuses, and I think Katie just wants to keep the life she has right now with Suri and not get in a big fight with the church."
Leah herself has said that she and Katie "used to be close friends," but that now they're not "allowed to have a meal" together for fear of the Dawson's Creek alum losing custody of her daughter. "It’s quite sick, really."
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