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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Suri Cruise at 15: how do their teenage years compare? From close bonds with mums Katie Holmes and Angelina to strained ones with dads Brad and Tom

  • Both girls are Hollywood royalty though they live on opposite coasts, with Suri often seen about New York in laid-back ‘Sarah Jessica Parker’ style
  • Shiloh recently reinvented her look, appearing at red carpet premieres for the latest Marvel film Eternals in designer frocks, including her mum’s Dior gown

Back in the noughties, the celebrity world was buzzing around two of the biggest power couples the industry had ever seen. Movie megastar Tom Cruise was jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch describing his love for Dawson’s Creek sweetheart Katie Holmes, and Brad Pitt shocked the world when he ended his A-list marriage to Jennifer Aniston to be with co-star Angelina Jolie. If you weren’t there, it was pretty much the only thing that anyone could talk about at the time.
So when both couples had their firstborns one month apart in 2006 – Suri Cruise on April 18 and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt on May 27, it was an explosion of tabloid heaven meets Hollywood royalty.

Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt attending the UK film premiere after-party for Marvel’s Eternals at Maison Estelle on October 27, in London, England. Photo: GC Images
Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt attending the UK film premiere after-party for Marvel’s Eternals at Maison Estelle on October 27, in London, England. Photo: GC Images

As we watched Shiloh and Suri grow up through the paparazzi lens, their lives changed drastically over the years.

Now both 15, the two celebrity teenagers’ lives are on very different tracks, but here are some reminders of their similarities.

Exclusive magazine covers capture early moments in the lives of Suri Cruise, seen left with father Tom Cruise and mother Katie Holmes, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt with parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Photos: Handouts

Back in 2006, celebrity news and tabloids were at their peak, so it’s no surprise that Shiloh and Suri bagged two of the biggest magazine cover deals of that year … and of all time.
While Cruise and Holmes debuted Suri in a 22-page spread in Vanity Fair, Shiloh showed up on the cover of celebrity title People magazine. The New York Post reported that People bought the pictures for US$4.1 million after a bidding war with rival magazines, with Pitt and Jolie giving the proceeds to charity.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Suri Cruise became tabloid darlings from the get-go. Photos: Handouts

In the years that followed, both Shiloh and Suri continued to appear on celebrity magazine covers thanks to their lavish childhoods, fabulous kid’s fashion and, of course, their famous parents.

Actress Katie Holmes with Tom Cruise as he holds their daughter Suri after Holmes finished the New York City Marathon in 2007. Photo: AP Photo

Their lives started in blaze of celebrity power couple bliss, but Shiloh and Suri’s picture-perfect families sadly didn’t last.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with Knox, Zahara, Pax, Vivienne and Maddox Jolie-Pitt in 2009. Photo: EPA

Suri is the only child from Holmes’ marriage to Cruise, which lasted from 2006 to 2012, while Pitt and Jolie eventually announced their split in 2016. While Cruise and Holmes’ divorce and custody over Suri was finalised after only 11 days, Pitt and Jolie are still at war over Shiloh and her siblings five years after their divorce.

One thing that’s remained consistent in both Shiloh and Suri’s lives is their close bonds with their mothers.

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise. Photo: @suricruise_fans/Instagram

Holmes, who has full custody of her daughter, previously spoke to Instyle about her relationship with Suri. “I love her so much,” she said. “My biggest goal has always been to nurture her into her individuality. To make sure she is 100 per cent herself and strong, confident and able. And to know it.”

Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt at the red carpet for the Marvel movie Eternals during the 16th Rome Film Festival in October 2021, in Rome. Photo: Getty Images

Of course, it’s no secret how close Shiloh is to Jolie. She is constantly by her mother’s side, whether spending quality time shopping and running errands, or supporting her on the red carpet at film premieres.

Like mother, like daughter: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt recently wore mother Angelina Jolie’s Dior dress for the London premiere of Eternals. Photo: Getty

Shiloh even wore Angelina’s Dior dress last month at the London premiere of Eternals. “I’m like, ‘Oh my god, wear it and wear it better than me! Take it, it’s your turn,’” Jolie told E! News Daily Pop. “I’m that mum.”

Actor Tom Cruise carries his daughter Suri past photographers as they make their way from a hotel in New York, in July 2012. Photo: Reuters

Tom Cruise and daughter Suri seemed to have healthy relationship up until 2012. When Holmes unexpectedly filed for divorce, she was awarded custody of Suri, with her dad securing visitation rights only. Cruise was told he could visit his daughter 10 days a month – not that it made any difference.
It’s widely believed that Cruise is currently estranged from Suri, and that the last time they were photographed together was back in 2012, when the two visited Disneyland.

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