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Tom Cruise did not spend his 50th birthday how he had planned. Instead of celebrating the big 5-0 with his daughter Suri and wife Katie Holmes, he ended up retreating to his Beverly Hills home with his older kids and close family.
Reportedly blindsided by estranged wife Holmes' divorce filing on June 29, Cruise had to change his plans for his milestone birthday.
"The plan was he was going to spend his birthday with Katie and Suri," a source tells People. "Then they were going to fly to California where he is going to finish [filming] Oblivion and spend time there."
According to People, Cruise left Iceland, where he's been shooting his upcoming drama Oblivion, with children Bella, 19, Connor, 17, and landed in Burbank, Calif. early on July 3.
"They were all together, and one of the reasons he came back to California was that he had to take his family back to LA.," says the source.
Cruise decided to skip an attempt to see 6-year-old Suri in New York because of the paparazzi factor. "It's an impossible situation and he does not want to subject his daughter to any more trauma," the source says.
Unable to be with his youngest child, Cruise relies on several daily conversations with her, the source adds.
"Say what you will about Tom, but there is no doubt he loves his daughter," says a second source. "Not seeing her would be very hard on him."
As for Cruise's birthday, it wasn't much of a festive atmosphere. It was "somber," says the insider. "Just very very sad."
Holmes, meanwhile, spent the day with little Suri in New York City, where she has moved them into a new three-bedroom apartment. The actress was also spotted celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with her parents.