What, exactly, is Katie Holmes's relationship to tabloids?


It's been more than a decade since Tom Cruisepublicly declared his love for Katie Holmes in an enthusiastic reveal on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In perhaps an even more surprising passage of time, it's been nearly five years since Cruise and Holmes announced their split in June 2012 when their daughter, Suri, was just six years old. The divorce was surrounded by rumors and reports, namely involving Cruise's involvement in Scientology. In a new interview with Town & Country, Holmes made a vague reference to how the rumor mill still affects her and her daughter's lives—or doesn't.

"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 said.

This quote begs the question of just how much Holmes, who has primary custody of her daughter, lets Suri see or read when it comes to tabloid mentions (especially involving the two of them).

In a clear effort for privacy, the actress and director has been careful to keep her only child out of the public eye. Suri makes rare appearances on Holmes's social-media accounts, mostly for occasions like a family birthday party last September and her mother's birthday in December.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Suri Cruise (2L) and Katie Holmes attend a basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend a basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Suri Cruise, guest, Emily Pynenberg as 'Cassandra', Katie Holmes, Zac Posen, Leona Lewis as 'Grizabella The Glamour Cat' chat backstage at the hit musical 'Cats' on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre on August 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Suri Cruise and mother Katie Holmes pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Laura Michelle Kelly as 'Sylvia Llewelyn Davies', Paul Slade Smith as 'Charles Frohman', Suri Cruise, mother Katie Holmes, Tony Yazbeck as 'J.M. Barrie' and Amy Yakima as 'Peter Pan' pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Suri Cruise and mother Katie Holmes pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen walking their Chihuahua Honey with some friends on July 31, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actress Katie Homes and her daughter Suri Cruise attend the game between the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Actress Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise attend the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Connecticut Huskies and the Michigan State Spartans at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 12: Katie Holmes with Suri Cruise sighting on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen walking Chelsea on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Katie Holmes sighted helping Suri Cruise to scooter in Chelsea on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Katie Holmes sighted helping Suri Cruise to scooter in Chelsea on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise seen on the streets of Manhattan on October 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise (R) leave ABC Carpet on July 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: (L-R) Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise sighting on July 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN NY - JULY 12: (L-R) Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise sighting on July 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise leave Make Meaning on July 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Katie Holmes picks up Suri Cruise from school on November 09, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen at a playground in Brooklyn on September 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Suri Cruise seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Suri Cruise plays in Bleecker Playground on August 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise visit Make Meaning on August 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes (R) takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise visit Make Meaning on August 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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In her Town & Country interview, Holmes said she knows she cannot control the fact that her name will be tabloid fodder.

"There are more important things," she continued. "But it's very relatable to me; if people know who you are, they might write about you, and you can't control that."

Throughout the piece Holmes remained coy about just how private she keeps her daughter's life. But she was direct about one thing in particular: her main focus is for Suri, who will be 11 in April, to maintain her childlike innocence as long as possible.

"My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now," she said. "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."

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