Katie Holmes Shares The ‘Heartbreaking’ Part Of Watching Daughter Suri Grow Up

January 1, 2018
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Katie Holmes puts her daughter above all else.

In a recent interview, the actress opened up about raising her 10-year-old daughter Suri and why she thinks shifting her focus from acting to directing could give her more control over her work-life balance.

This business is so unstable, and you never really know where you’re going to be,” she said. “The thing about directing is I can say I have this window and that’s when we’re getting it done. My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now.”

Katie added, “It’s very important that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”

Holmes and now ex-husband Tom Cruise, welcomed Suri in 2006. Their highly publicized divorce took place in 2012 and the mom retained primary physical custody of their daughter.

Reports from August 2016 said that Cruise hadn’t seen Suri in over three years.

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These days, Holmes is trying to savor every moment that she spends with Suri.

“Every day, kids get a little further away from you,” she said. “That’s a positive thing. They should be becoming more independent, but it’s heartbreaking. You want them to stay with you forever, but they’re these amazing beings, and you have to do everything you can to give them what they need ― and then they’re going to go. And that’s going to be very, very sad for me.”

When she takes time off, she told the magazine she likes to visit family members, many of whom live in her home state of Ohio. “I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and they grow up so fast,” she said. “I really miss them, so it’s nice to have those moments with board games and normal stuff.”

As for her work life, Katie is reprising her role as Jackie Kennedy for the upcoming miniseries “The Kennedys: After Camelot.”

The show is all about the former first lady’s life after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. One notable aspect is her experience as a single mother raising her children in the spotlight.

“To experience something publicly and privately is a lot for a person to go through,” Holmes said of her character’s plight. “In today’s world a lot of celebrities probably shield their children from the tabloids; in my household we know what they print isn’t true, so we don’t pay attention.”

She added, “There are more important things.”

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