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Star Exclusive: Tom & Katie's Battle Over Suri

Star magazine

Crushed by the weight of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes is striking out on her own — and she's determined to take their daughter, Suri, with her to New York City. But insiders say that Tom's having none of it.

In the new issue of Star — on newsstands now — we report on the latest at Camp Cruise. According to our sources, Katie, who was offered a role on Broadway, is trying to break away from her controlled life under the watchful eyes of her husband and move to Manhattan in what will be a sort of trial separation.

"She desperately needs to be on her own for a while, but there's no way Tom is going to let her take Suri away," an insider tells Star. "There's no way he'll allow it. He just doesn't want Katie — or Suri — out of his sight for long. He told her that if she goes to New York, fine, but he goes with her."

Further, the couple's tug of war over their daughter has intensified as of late.

"Tom wants to call all the shots when it comes to Suri," says an insider. "He has a lot of rules, and there's conflict."

With all this drama going on with her parents, adorable little Suri — who turns 2 on April 18 — seems to be getting lost in the shuffle and spends much of her time with nannies instead of her parents.

"She gets a lot of attention," notes another source. "But every child wants to be with their parents — there is no substitute."

Pick up the April 28 issue of Star to get the full story, including:

• The private place Katie goes to "let loose" from her troubles with Tom

• What Suri said to her mom when she found her crying

• Katie & Tom's frustrations with their dwindling careers

• And why Tom pays Katie $500,000 a year