Since the early 1980s, Tom Cruise has been one of Hollywood’s most fascinating celebrities. Appearing in some of the most successful films of the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s, the actor is an idol to millions around the world.
The fact that he performs his own stunts and sticks to a strict eating and exercise regimen show how dedicated he is to his craft and also indicate that even as he nears 60, Tom's showing no signs of retiring.
When meeting with fans or interviewers, Cruise is nearly always polite, gracious, and generous. He even maintained his composure when he was squirted by a prankster at his War of the Worlds premiere.
But after his highly publicized 2012 split from ex-wife Katie Holmes, fans began to wonder if there was more to the movie star than it appeared.
In the years following his divorce, certain details of the actor’s life made their way to headlines around the world and sparked the curiosity of the public. What many find the most intriguing, perhaps, is his relationship with his biological daughter, Suri, with whom he hasn’t been photographed in over half a decade.
Check out these 20 facts about Tom Cruise’s life after Katie Holmes.
20 When He Dates, It's Serious
Many sources claim that Cruise has been single for a significant amount of time, but there have also been claims that when he dates, he’s serious about it. While some people approach dating in an easy-going way and aim to have a bit of fun, Cruise has a slightly more rigid attitude when it comes to finding love.
Nicki Swift reported that actress Sofia Vergara is said to have met the actor once, and was then bombarded with phone calls, texts, and emails the next day, inviting her to join him on vacation at the center for his church in Clearwater, Florida.
19 He’s Worth $550 Million
We all knew Tom Cruise was wealthy, but you might not have known the exact extent of that wealth. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated to be around $570 million. His first role came when he was just 19 years old in 1981. In 1983, he appeared in Risky Business, which went on to become a classic.
But Cruise’s real breakthrough came in 1986 when he won the role of Lieutenant Pete in Top Gun. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Cruise continued to add blockbuster after blockbuster to his resume, until he finally established himself as one of the most in-demand and highest-paid actors in the industry.
18 He No Longer Calls LA Home
Being one of the most recognizeable movie stars in existence, Tom Cruise is often associated with Hollywood. And while he may have spent a lot of time in L.A. throughout his life, it looks like he’s moved away from Tinseltown for good now. In 2016, he sold his properties in Beverly Hills, including his $39 million compound, according to People.
After that, he bought a penthouse in Clearwater, Florida, where his son Connor also lives. By living in Clearwater, Cruise is permanently closer to his church. A local source revealed that the actor looks “very relaxed” when he’s in Florida.
17 The Divorce From Holmes Was A Surprise
Cruise’s divorce from third wife Katie Holmes was the talk of 2012. After six years as husband and wife, the pair of actors went their separate ways, coming to a settlement agreement in a matter of days.
Years later, in an interview with a television network from Germany, Cruise revealed that Holmes completely surprised him by announcing her plans to divorce. “To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything,” he said in the interview (via Insider). “ … and then it hits you: This is it, what life can do to you.”
16 He Swaps The Gym For The Great Outdoors
Now nearing 60, Cruise has to put in a little extra effort to stay in shape for the action roles he continues to take. A rigorous training schedule isn’t foreign to him, though, since he’s been keeping in shape for most of his life. Men’s Health reports (via Best Life Online) that the actor isn’t one to hit the gym, and isntead prefers to get his exercise outdoors.
Among the activities he does while training for his demanding stunts are sports like rock-climbing, hiking, sea-kayaking, and caving. The actor also does weights and jumps on the treadmill for a jog every now and then, but he prefers fresh air to the confined space of a gym.
15 And Follows A Strict Diet
There’d be no point in doing all that exercise if you got home and ate pizzas and burgers every night, right? Cruise’s other trick to staying in shape is watching what he eats very carefully. According to Best Life Online, the Top Gun actor follows what’s known as the Beckham eating plan, which was named after soccer star David Beckham.
Cruise sticks to only 1,200 calories a day and chooses dishes that are mostly made up of vegetables and lean proteins. As total foodies, we think it’s safe to assume that the Beckham lifestyle would require quite a lot of discipline!
14 Fencing Is One Of His Favorite Pastimes
One of Cruise’s most loved activities is fencing, according to Glamour (via Best Life Online). The actor enjoys the traditional sport so much that he even has a room in his mansion that is completely dedicated to it. Cruise has tried to convert fellow A-listers Will Smith and David Beckham to take up the sport too and invites them to fencing catch-ups.
“We don’t get enough time for hanging out, just us three guys, so this is his way of getting together and bonding,” explained Smith. We’re sure all that fencing helps to prepare Cruise for his demanding roles, and Will and David probably benefit, too.
13 He’s Been Single For A Long Time
Cruise has been married three times, but since his 2012 split, his love life has been kept out of the tabloids. Mostly. Though rumors have circulated from time to time about possible A-lister girlfriends and dates, he’s remained officially single.
People reports that, since divorcing from Holmes, Cruise “hasn’t been in a serious relationship for the longest time in his adult life.” The publication did reveal that Cruise has gone on a few dates, but exactly who was seeing isn’t clear. Recently, Cruise has spent most of his time on film sets and in hotel rooms rather than on the dating scene.
12 Some Believe That He Possesses Healing Powers
Those in Cruise’s church, and Cruise himself, may believe that he possesses some form of healing powers. These rumors come from a leaked propaganda video in which the actor appeared, and said some words that raised a lot of questions for outsiders: “When [members of the church] drive past an accident, it’s not like anyone else. If you drive past, you know you have to do something about it because you know you’re the only one who can really help.”
Tony Ortega, the editor of the blog The Underground Bunker, explains that Cruise believed he’d gained the power to heal sprained joints, sore throats, colds and more, after joining the church.
11 He May Have Held Auditions For Girlfriends
A former member of Cruise’s church, Valerie Haney, has claimed that part of her role within the organization was to audition girlfriends for Cruise, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via Fox News). There have also been several other claims over the years insinuating that this was the real way Cruise met ex-wife Katie Holmes and that young women were interviewed in an effort to select the best possible choice.
Though Cruise’s representatives did not comment on the allegations, the church has denied the claims, stating that the rumors are completely false and they had no hand in anything to do with the actor’s romantic life.
10 During The Holidays, He Gives Out Cakes
There are certainly a lot of rumors surrounding Tom Cruise, but the majority of people who come into contact with him comment on what a nice guy he seems to be. Fans have noted how gracious he is, and he’s even served as a real-life hero in the past, taking a woman to the hospital after witnessing her getting involved in a car accident and then paying for her medical fees when he found out she didn’t have insurance.
Another nice thing that the actor does for his buddies in Hollywood is he sends them delicious caked during the holidays. He orders the cakes from Doan’s Bakery and sends them to his co-stars because he can’t eat sugar himself.
9 Suri Lives With Katie
In 2006, a few months before they were married, Cruise and Holmes welcomed daughter Suri into the world. Following their divorce, the custody agreement stated that Holmes would be the primary caregiver, with Cruise allowed to see his daughter 10 days per month.
Reports noted that In Touch published a cover story declaring that Cruise had abandoned his daughter after the divorce, leading him to launch legal action against the magazine for a cool $50 million. A court deposition soon revealed, however, the fact that Cruise had not seen his daughter for over 100 days, according to Best Life Online.
8 He’s Missed Her Birthdays
After Suri was born, Cruise was often seen doting on her in public and showing the affection expected of any new dad. But fans have begun to question his real relationship with his daughter since Star magazine reported that Cruise did not visit her for her 12th birthday. Other media outlets claimed that he sent a gift, although Suri was said to be upset that her father had missed her birthday.
“Like any little girl, her greatest wish is for her father to be there, and now she’s been disappointed again,” an inside source revealed to Star. Another source claimed that Cruise has missed all of Suri’s birthdays since she turned seven.
7 It's Been A Long Time Since He Last Saw Suri
The relationship between Cruise and his biological daughter is no doubt complex, and there may be more to his absence than just a few missed birthdays. Us Weekly claims that the Mission Impossible star hasn’t seen his daughter, in any capacity, for years.
Perez Hilton then reported that the last time Suri and her father were photographed together was back in 2013, around six years ago. The "inside source" who spoke to Us Weekly claimed that Cruise chooses not to see his daughter at all because she is not a member of his church, despite being legally allowed to see her for 10 days every month.
6 But He Does See His Other Children
Cruise’s bond with Suri may be strained, but he does see his other children, whom he adopted with ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Though he hasn’t been photographed with Connor and Bella (now in their 20s) for a while, it has been reported that he still sees them more frequently than he sees Suri.
When questioned about her relationship with Connor and Bella, Kidman revealed that she prefers to keep the details private. “I have to protect all those relationships,” she told Who magazine. She went on to explain that although her children have joined Cruise’s church, she chooses to remain “an example of … tolerance” to all her children.
5 Brad Pitt May Be One Of His Frenemies
Many industry insiders have claimed that Cruise is a pleasure to work with, but there may be one other star on the top of his game who has been at odds with the War of the Worlds actor in the past.
Brad Pitt worked with Cruise on Interview with the Vampire, and Pitt was reported to have been annoyed with Cruise during filming. “He bugged me,” said Pitt (via New Idea). “There came a point during filming when I started really resenting him.” Pitt later added that “there was this underlying competition that got in the way of any real conversation.”
4 He Isn’t Afraid Of Doing Serious Stunts
One of the most impressive facts about Tom Cruise is that he insists on performing all his own stunts. And considering all the action-packed movies he stars in, those are some pretty dangerous stunts! While filming Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, he dangled himself off the side of a plane in the opening scene. He did have a safety harness on, but still—that’s not something your average actor would volunteer themselves to do.
Cruise can also hold his breath for a scarily long time under water. He’s come close to seriously injuring himself on set before, but it’s never deterred him from his desire to perform his own stunts.
3 Japan Is One Of His Passions
With fans in every country, Cruise is a superstar on a global scale. But there is one country in particular that adores him like no other: Japan. Back in the 2000s, Cruise was labeled the one actor from Hollywood who had spent more time in Japan than any other. He’s visited Japan consistently throughout the years, often heading there on press tours and for film shoots, and the Japanese people have returned the love.
The Japan Memorial Day Association decided to name a day after Cruise, so now every October 10 is officially Tom Cruise Day in Japan. Talk about super fans!
2 He Has The Power To Influence Members Of His Church
Cruise is perhaps the main face of his church, and being a celebrity, he is said to have a lot of influence within the organization. In an investigation into the church published by Vanity Fair, there are claims that Cruise is exceptionally close with the leader of the church, David Miscavige.
He also seems to be allowed to do things that other church members are not: “By being able to stay connected to Suri and Katie, Cruise proves once again to be a privileged exception.” Leah Remini, who is a former member of the church, has revealed that because he’s such a powerful celebrity, Cruise could “end” the church if he wanted to.
1 The Number 33 Could Hold Significance For Him
Since 2012, fans have speculated as to whether the number 33 holds any particular significance for Cruise. All three of his ex-wives, Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes, were 33 when their marriages broke up.
What’s more, there are 11 years between each ex-wife and the ex preceding her. His first wife, Rogers, was born in 1956. His next wife, Nicole Kidman, was born 11 years later in 1967. And finally, Katie Holmes was born 11 years later again, in 1978. Does this mean that the next time he gets married, his wife will have been born in 1989? It’s a possibility!
Sources: Insider, Vanity Fair, Best Life Online, People, Fox News, Forbes