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Tom Cruise gifts a pair of shoes every year amid estrangement from daughter Suri

The Top Gun star has maintained this tradition for almost two decades

Faye James
Senior Editor
June 6, 2024
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Tom Cruise continues to show his unique way of expressing appreciation, despite being estranged from his youngest daughter, Suri. 

The Hollywood icon, 61, has maintained a touching tradition with actress Dakota Fanning, gifting her a pair of shoes every year for her birthday.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Dakota, now 30, opened up about the thoughtful annual presents from her former co-star. 

"We've known you since you were so little, so I feel like you've kinda grown up in front of us," Kelly, 42, remarked, highlighting Dakota's journey from a child actor to a Hollywood star.

Kelly went on to reveal the fascinating tidbit about Tom's birthday tradition. "I found this amazing, every year on your birthday, Tom Cruise still sends you a present," she said.

Dakota and Tom shared the screen in Steven Spielberg's 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds. Tom played Ray Ferrier, and Dakota starred as his daughter, Rachel. Reflecting on their time together, Dakota recounted her 11th birthday on set, when Tom gifted her her first cellphone, a Motorola Razr.

Tom Cruise with Dakota Fanning when she was 11 years old© Getty
Tom Cruise with Dakota Fanning when she was 11 years old

"I wanted a Razr so bad, and I must have been talking about it a lot because that's what he got me," Dakota reminisced. "Such a great memory."

Curious about the latest gift, Kelly asked, "What did he send you this year?" "He always sends me the same thing every year," Dakota responded, smiling. 

"After the cellphone, I started to love shoes when I was little, and I began to fit into really small adult shoes during the War of the Worlds press tour. From that birthday on, he always sends me shoes."

Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2017 in New York City.© Getty Images
Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes

Kelly marveled at the collection Dakota must have amassed over the years. "You must have a massive shoe collection brought to you by Tom Cruise."

Dakota’s confession about the sweet tradition came shortly after her milestone birthday and  Suri Cruise’s 18th birthday on April 18. Unlike Dakota’s joyful relationship with Tom, it is believed that Tom is estranged from Suri.

Following his divorce from Katie Holmes in 2012, Katie was granted full custody of their daughter. 

Katie Holmes (L) and Tom Cruise with daughters Suri Cruise (C) and Isabella Kidman-Cruise (R), with David Beckham's son Cruz Beckham (front 2nd R) and Brooklyn Beckham (back), watch the Major League Soccer match between New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center May 10, 2008 in Carson, California.© Getty Images
Katie Holmes (L) and Tom Cruise with daughters Suri Cruise (C) and Isabella Kidman-Cruise (R), with David Beckham's son Cruz Beckham (front 2nd R) and Brooklyn Beckham (back) in 2008

As part of their settlement, Tom agreed to pay $400,000 per year in child support, an arrangement which expired when Suri turned 18. Over the past 12 years, Tom’s contributions have totaled roughly $33,000 a month.

Katie did not seek spousal support in their divorce, and Tom also covers Suri’s insurance bills and contributes to her college tuition. Suri is expected to leave the New York home she shares with Katie this fall when she begins college.

Katie, 44, has always cherished motherhood, often speaking about her love for her daughter in interviews. 

Connor Cruise, Tom Cruise and Isabella Cruise at United Artists Pictures and MGM premiere of 'Valkyrie' on December 18, 2008 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California.© Getty Images
Connor Cruise, Tom Cruise and Isabella Cruise all remain very close

"Motherhood means everything to me," she said in a 2014 interview with People. "I'm learning every day, and I have been since the minute I became a mom."

She has also shared insights into Suri’s personality. "I love her so much. My biggest goal has always been to nurture her individuality. To make sure she is 100 percent herself, strong, confident, and able," Katie told InStyle.

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