'We grew up together': Katie Holmes talks raising Suri in her 20s

Photo: Katie Holmes/Instagram
Photo: Katie Holmes/Instagram 

The notoriously private Katie Holmes has opened up about raising her daughter, Suri, whom she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

"I was happy to become a mum in my twenties," she told Elle UK of having Suri at 27 years old. 'It's been nice that our ages fit… how do I put this? Every age that my child has been and my age at that time has been a good match.

"We kind of grew up together.."


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Twenty years after winning hearts as Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek, Holmes is as busy as ever. Her latest film Brahms: The Boy II, a horror film about a mum who is terrified that her child is being taken over by his doll will hit cinemas early next year.

"It's a metaphor for mothers," the 40-year-old said. "You don't want a bad influence on your kids, right?"

Concern about "bad influences" is something in the forefront of Holmes' mind now that Suri is 13.

"There is so much bad news and hate and things that don't make sense… The atmosphere around the world is… terrifying," she said


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Holmes has kept her daughter out of the limelight since finalising her divorce from Cruise in 2012, only sharing the occasional glimpse of the pair on social media.

"I don't use [Instagram] that much and, if I do, it's usually just work geared," she said. "You can start to look at all these strangers and think you know them and there's no way that can encapsulate a whole person. You're just seeing a version of them and you always have to keep that in mind.

"It's just a picture. You don't know them. You don't know their past."


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Last year, Holmes told TODAY that she does a lot "to put perspective on life."

"We help out the homeless. We do small acts of kindness. I don't over-gift. I don't inundate my child with a lot of things.

"We're trying to raise good humans," she said. "And some days we're better at it than others."


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