Katie Holmes' Top Priority in Raising Daughter Suri Is Making Sure She "Feels Loved"

Celebrity News Mar. 5, 2014 AT 12:20PM
Katie Holmes on the cover of Elle UK In the April issue of Elle UK, Katie Holmes says her top priority in raising daughter Suri, almost 8, is making sure she "feels loved." Credit: Thomas Whiteside/Elle UK

Katie Holmes is pro girl power! In the April issue of Elle UK, the 35-year-old actress says she supports women and is raising her nearly 8-year-old daughter, Suri, with ex-husband Tom Cruise to feel confident about herself.

Holmes acknowledged that her daughter's lifestyle is "so different from how I grew up," but said general parenting rules still apply.

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"I think the basics are very important: the number one thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself," Holmes explained in the magazine (via Daily Mail). "And that what she does and who she is, is special and important, and should be celebrated. And my mom always said, 'No one loves you like your mother.'"

Suri's childhood, however, will most likely be different from that of Holmes' character Joey Potter from the popular '90s teen series Dawson's Creek. "The world has changed so much since then. Social media, and what people are watching," she mused. "But I think innocence was one of the draws of the show. It was these kids going through first love and heartbreak and growing up and friendships changing. So I'm glad that the innocence still holds up."

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The single mom, who divorced Cruise in 2012 after five years of marriage, said her past experiences have made her who she is today. "I think all of our experiences bring us to a greater understanding of ourselves and help us realize what is most important," she said. "That being said, I have three older sisters and one older brother and I went to an all-girls school, and have always been a fan of women. I support women and all experiences give you more insight into others, as well as yourself."

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While Holmes may support women, she doesn't necessarily label herself as a feminist. "I identify with women. I identify with people who work really hard. I love strong women and I love strong men, and I love being inspired by people who fight for what they believe in and work hard and are creative," she explained. "And have integrity. I don't think (the word feminism) is problematic."

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