Published On:Wednesday, 20 April 2016
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They grow up so fast : With Suri turning 10, we take a look at how star kids cope with gifted fame

They grow up so fast :  With Suri turning 10, we take a look at  how star kids cope with gifted fame

Suri Cruise is turning 10 today, despite the fact that we just saw the first baby photo of actress and model Katie Holmes' mini-me yesterday.
At least, it seems as if it was only yesterday.
But no, that was in 2006-and we're not only in the middle of a whole new decade, we're also in the middle of a completely new era in the relationship that the media have with the offspring of the rich and famous!
In her 10 years, Suri has seen it all, as the nature of celebrity-kid worship-and scrutiny-ramped up to all new levels after her birth before entering a new, quieter yet still tricky phase thanks to social media, revamped laws and the general phasing out of certain practices that, in hindsight, were of their time and not of the future!
Suri, first name meaning "the sun" in Sanskrit and "rose" in Persian, was born on April 18, 2006, to perhaps the most talked-about couple ever at the time, actor and filmmaker Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. So life wasn't going to be exactly normal for the girl.
And even her famous parents couldn't have known that Suri's arrival would coincide with the birth of the real 24/7 news cycle-not the TV version dreamed up by CNN, but the fervid, cameras-everywhere, we-know-you're-getting-arrested-before-you-do business that TMZ ushered in when it launched in November 2005!
But Suri was born while the non-stop coverage was more about businesswoman and socialite Paris Hilton and singer and actress Britney Spears, so she remained merely talked about for four and a half months until the world got its first glimpse of her on the October 2006 cover of Vanity Fair-the Annie Leibovitz-shot homage to Paul and Linda McCartney's famous baby-in-the-jacket picture also serving as brand-new CBS 'Evening News' anchor Katie Couric's first big get.
And the fact that the first picture of Suri was indeed a major get for a broadcast network's flagship newscast meant plenty.
After the carefully choreographed unveiling, however, Suri became not just another celebrity kid whose picture was worth a thousand words and even more money, but for years she was the celebrity kid. The craving for more and more news about everybody, from A-lister to no-lister, naturally spilled over into the celeb kid arena-it was a free-for-all as to who got followed around and when, tender age be damned! With so much product available, more than ever before, no one was quite sure what to do with it all-so more often than not, almost everything ended up online!
Holmes and Tom's divorce, in 2012, only served to boost interest in every move that mother and daughter made as they split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
But while Holmes somehow managed to meet the hordes of paparazzi that seemingly lay in wait for them wherever they went with a fair amount of grace and Suri continued to be the object of ever so much fascination, the times were starting to a-change.
While the Suri situation seemed to reach a new low in July 2013 when the 7-year-old told a man identified as a professional autograph seeker to "stop it" and "get out of the way" as she and her mom were navigating through a phalanx of paps as they tried to get into their car-and the guy was heard on video calling the child the b-word-famous kids all over were experiencing similar issues with the paparazzi on a daily basis!
"My daughter doesn't want to go to school because she knows 'the men' are watching for her," actress and film producer Halle Berry testified before the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety about a month before the aforementioned Suri incident, part of an ultimately successful effort spearheaded by Halle Berry and actress and film producer Jennifer Garner to expand an existing harassment law to protect children from the paparazzi's increased brazenness. On a family trip to Hawaii, Berry continued, photographers tried to pick a fight with her then-fiancé Olivier Martinez, prompting daughter Nahla to later ask, '"Mommy, are they going to kill us?' "She didn't get to sleep until 3am because she can't get this out of her mind, and she doesn't understand what just happened to her."
The anti-paparazzi bill was passed and signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in September 2013. Just last month, Jennifer Garner, who also testified in Sacramento, told Dr Mehmet Oz how her youngest child, son Samuel, "hates" the paparazzi-and always did! 

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