Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Choose Hebrew Name For Baby Girl

20 Apr

Katie Holmes gave birth to Tom Cruise’s baby yesterday – and no, it wasn’t an alien, as some people had half-jokingly speculated.

Cruise, 43, the Hollywood uber-star and Scientology poster boy, and his 27-year-old fianc
e welcomed a 3.4kg baby girl into the world amid intense media interest. They named her Suri, which means “princess” in Hebrew or “red rose” in Persian. It also means “pickpocket” in Japanese.

The birth of Suri was preceded by some of the most bizarre behaviour by a celebrity in recent memory.

Now, Cruise isn’t a desperate B-lister eager to climb the Hollywood hierarchy.

He is arguably the world’s best-known actor and one who is at the top of his game. But that hasn’t stopped him from behaving as if he’s coming slowly unhinged.


From the start, the supposedly fairy tale romance between Cruise and Holmes has seemed to many people more like a weird wonder tale.

When the couple started dating in April last year, rumours surrounded the circumstances of their first meeting.

According to the gossipy New York Post, the story went that Cruise was on a recruitment drive for a “photogenic virgin-type” actress who could serve as a potential partner.

Apparently, Holmes was not the first choice: Blue-eyed blonde Kate Botsworth, who also happens to be Orlando Bloom’s on-off girlfriend, was.

The same tabloid newspaper earlier alleged that TomKat’s relationship was a publicity sham.

The night the two held hands in front of photographers in Rome was also the day that Cruise’s publicist sister Lee Anne De-Vette formally announced the pair were dating – which gave the impression that the affair was part of a carefully orchestrated plan.

It did not help that, at the time, Cruise was promoting his latest film, War of the Worlds, and Holmes was the female lead in Batman Begins.

Rumours may be rumours, but the general public lapped it all up because Cruise himself seemed to perpetuate the stories.

However, it was the infamous “jumping the couch” incident that really set tongues wagging, with most suggesting that some Cruise control was called for.

On an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in May last year, Cruise leapt up on a bemused Winfrey’s couch and performed an impromptu jig while proclaiming his love for Holmes.

The phrase “jump the couch” has since entered the lexicon. It is defined at as “a defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end”.

Of the much-publicised incident, Cruise told US magazine Entertainment Weekly magazine two months later: “There are some people who just don’t like to see other people happy ῅ They’re like the bullies you grow up with in school. But you know what?

If they don’t like it, f*** them. If people don’t like it, f*** off.”

The masses might have done just that had Cruise dealt with the negative publicity in the way most celebrities would – by keeping a low profile.

But far from going into self-imposed exile, Cruise launched a crusade aimed at publicising his belief in the quasi-religious principles of Scientology, speaking out on a range of topics including psychology, religion and drug addiction.

If Cruise seemed like just another overpaid Hollywood eccentric before, now he was treading on shakier ground and setting himself up as a symbol of pop culture’s disproportionate influence on people’s lives.

In May last year, he said in an interview on TV’s Access Hollywood that actress Brooke Shields should have simply taken vitamins for her postpartum depression, comments that set off a furore among psychiatrists and a very angry Shields.

Cruise later said he had received 154,000 positive responses to his advice. (In a strange coincidence, Shields announced the arrival of a baby girl, Grier Hammond Henchy, on the same day that Cruise and Holmes’ came out with their big announcement).

Cruise also called psychiatry a Nazi science, saying: “Look at the experimentation the Nazis did with electric shock and drugging.

Look at the drug methadone. That was originally called Adolophine. It was named after Adolf Hitler.”

A writer for Entertainment Weekly disproved Cruise’s claims and his research findings were run in the magazine alongside the actor’s responses.

Seemingly unrepentant, Cruise subsequently claimed that he could help someone quit heroin in three days using a Scientology detox programme. News of the claim appeared in the following month’s issue of GQ magazine.

A hint to the reason for Cruise’s exploitation of the power he wields as a celebrity could lie in the tumultuous relationship he had with his father.

In an upcoming interview with Parade magazine, he revealed that his father was “a bully and a coward”. He also claimed that he was bullied countless times during his childhood.

Parade later scrapped its online poll as to whether the media or Cruise himself was to blame for his many public relations disasters because the overwhelming response in favour of the media – 84 per cent of respondents pointed the finger at the press – came from about 10 computers, which meant that the results were very likely rigged.

So unprecedented is Cruise’s behaviour that the line between fact and fiction has become a blur.

Last month, it was widely reported on the Internet that Cruise wielded his substantial influence to get an episode of South Park that lampooned Scientology pulled off the TV show Comedy Central. Representatives of Cruise have denied the rumour.

Best known for her role in the teen TV drama Dawson’s Creek, the Ohio-born Holmes had enjoyed a comparatively innocent romance with Chris Klein before Cruise proposed to her atop the Eiffel Tower in June last year.

Now, the former Catholic has converted to Scientology, much to the apparent chagrin of her parents.

Oddly enough, amid the media circus, Holmes has said very little.

One of the few things that she has said on the record – she spoke to talk show host Winfrey last year – is that she had fantasised about Cruise since she was a teenager.

Perhaps because Holmes says very little, the rumours surrounding her are even wilder than those which Cruise attracts.

The latest one was that Cruise ordered an adult pacifier to be custom-made for her in order to suppress her groans during the birthing process, because Scientologists believe that births should be silent.

Well, how bad can that be, when Cruise also told GQ that he wanted to eat Holmes’ placenta after the birth. But he was likely joking. A journalist from Parade, which ran an interview with Cruise timed with the upcoming release of Mission Impossible 3, said of the mother of his child: “Holmes wore a large diamond engagement ring. She seemed dazed, passive and vacant. She never stopped smiling.”

The secrets behind the TomKat love affair may only be uncovered by intrepid biographers in the years to come.

In the meantime, there’s a new story for the media to dig their claws into: The life and times of the TomKitten.

Channel News Asia

One Response to “Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Choose Hebrew Name For Baby Girl”

  1. Avelina Furukawa May 13, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Less gossip regarding Katie Holmes being pregnant! Just because she is wearing saggy clothing may merely signify that she wants to be relaxed.

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