Why Tom Cruise Insists On Calling Katie Holmes “Kate.”

Because Tom Cruise is weird.

Yahoo News Reports:

During an interview with All Headline News, he explained, “Katie is a young girl’s name. Her name is Kate now – she’s a child-bearing woman.” At the time, it was also reported that Holmes had agreed upon the name change “after discussing it with Tom” and as a result “all friends and family now call her Kate.”

Except none of them did, so that didn’t really pan out.

You know who else pulled this kind of thing? Napoleon. For real! When he married Empress Josephine – nee Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie – everyone called her Rose. And Napoleon decided he wanted to call her by a name no one had ever called her before. So her just told her name was now Josephine. And her husband had just been guillotined, like, a week before that. That seems like it must have been a very uncomfortably tumultuous period in Josephine’s life.

Also, much like Tom Cruise, Napoleon was very short.

Good talk, everybody.

(Really, would you let someone call you by a diferent name/nickname? Sometimes it’s okay to change for other people! Sometimes it’s sort of awkward, though, like if you are famous and everyone in the world knows you by the name “Katie”.)

Pic via Hall/Pena/PacificCoastNews.com

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    • Cee

      “Katie is a young girl’s name. Her name is Kate now – she’s a child-bearing woman.”

      Kate means she got her period

    • Maggie

      Totally natural to try to change your partners name…

      I read this blind item on CDAN suggesting that Tom Cruise ruined Nicole Kidman’s life by making her take her career and image extremely serious & that he did the same thing with Katie Holmes

    • H. Thompson

      I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking your spouse to go from a more diminutive variation of your name to a stronger version of it. My good friend was married to a famous songwriter. Her name was Alice. Well, he felt she was more sophisticated than her name, so he started calling her “Alicia.” It stuck and she loved it. If Katie agreed to have a more sophisticated version of her own name, why is the press even commenting on it? On top of that, to then compare Tom Cruise to Napolean and slam him on his height is even more childish than the “ie” on Katie’s name. This type of reporting feels more like a Jr. High School paper than that of one for adults. The press certainly sinks low in an effort to sell their wares. But, then again, the public eats up this sort of slop. So, it’s a two-way street.

      • KATIE

        Somehow “Alicia” sound snooty in this scenario. Personally, I think he should have renamed her Gloria Vanderbilt. Now THAT’S sophisticated.

    • Anne

      I am so going to be the history buff here: even though Napoleon and Tom Cruise are of the same height (about 5’7″?), Napoleon was not short in his time. He was of average hight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon

      Anyway, my point is you don’t need to be short to be a dickhead :)

    • Tania

      One of my coworkers actually changed her name entirely because her husband gave her a new name. He decided he wanted to give her some hippie-ish name with missing vowels to make it more hip, or something. Damned if I know. But she had it changed legally.

      She changed it back to her birth name after the divorce. So, fun times. I guess she was changing from her married name anyway, may as well change the first name as she went on.

    • Eileen

      It’s weird. She gets to pick her name.

      Then again, it’s also kind of weird to call yourself “Katie” after college. Even in college, unless you go to a school where every other girl is named Katherine. “Katie” is not the name of an adult woman.

      • KATIE

        I haven’t come across that rule anywhere in my 70 years.

    • KATIE

      Correction: Alicia “sounds” snooty.
      “Somehow “Alicia” sounds snooty in this scenario. Personally, I think he should have renamed her Gloria Vanderbilt. Now THAT’S sophisticated.”

    • Auntie Maine

      “Really, would you let someone call you by a diferent name/nickname?”

      I have no choice. Most people insist on calling me a nickname I loathe. They are sure they’re being friendly, and if I ask them to call me by the name I prefer you’d think I told them they smelled bad.

      It’s not the worst thing in the world, I admit. It actually has its benefits as it’s a sure sign the person wasn’t listening when I introduced myself, or isn’t reading the e-mails I send which close with the name I want to be called.

      But it’s still irritating and rude. Oh, well.

      • anon

        I think it’s just a matter of being direct with people. And you really can’t care about their feelings as they aren’t respecting yours by acting that way. My name is Katherine, which lends itself to a lot of nicknames some of which I hate. When people hear me say my name nine times out of ten they think it’s okay to shorten it to their liking. I have no problem saying “Please don’t call me that, my name is_ and if you really must use a nickname I prefer_”.

        Just be direct and consistent with people. You have a right to be called by your real name. After all you wouldn’t just let it slide for the sake of being polite if someone insisted on calling you booger, would you?

    • anon

      My name is Katherine and a lot of people call me that. But I also answer to Kate, Katie, Kitty, as well as many translations of my name (I came from a land of many Katherine’s, sometimes it’s necessary). My husband one day decided that Katie suited me best and usually introduces me that way (although at home he almost exclusively refers to me by pet names). I don’t mind but I do think it’s odd that he’ll introduce me by a nickname as it’s just not done where I’m from. I just chalk it up to him being from CA, versus my stuffy New England upbringing.

      • Auntie Maine

        I appreciate the sentiments in your reply to my post (below) to which Gloss does not enable me to reply directly, unfortunately.

        People have been calling me by the wrong nickname for nearly sixty years, so I’ve had lots of experience in being direct and consistent in all kinds of ways.

        This has taught me there are four categories of responses when it comes to this: some are insulted (and as you say, who cares what they think), some acknowledge my request but are nevertheless oblivious and will call me what they want regardless, some acknowledge my request and then make a huge deal about calling me the nickname I prefer (very weird), and finally the ones who say, “Oh, sorry, thanks for telling me” and move on in peace and harmony.

        And believe it or not, there are people who have known me for decades and still get it wrong. They have very simple one-syllable names and have never had the experience of people persistently calling them by a name that is not their own.

        Sometimes I ignore people who are calling me a name I don’t use, even when I know they are talking to me. It can be kinda fun. :-) But I have to be in the mood for it.

        I love it when salesmen call me by a despised nickname after I’ve introduced myself by the name I prefer. It’s a sure sign I can end the transaction as they are clearly not paying attention, which saves a lot of time.

    • Lisa Seville

      Bet that isn’t what he is calling her now……..she will always be Katie to me

    • Lisa Seville

      Bet that isn’t what he is calling her now……..she will always be Katie to me

    • Stupidpeople

      So this whole article is telling me that women are
      desperate, fame whoring, idiots. And the
      Holmes family is even more stupid. So,
      basically then Martin Holmes sold his daughter for the sake of fame. THIS IS WHY OUR COUNTRY IS IN THE DUMPS,
      PEOPLE HAVE SIMPLY LOST THE ABILITY TO THINK, COMMON SENSE IS DEAD. We are all just drones of social media and
      gossip mags. WTF is individual
      reasoning? Here’s the truth MF’S, ALL
      DATES ARE AUDITIONS. So some aspiring
      talent is trying to grab on to a big movies star and is cut off, he’s not into
      you, she cries fowl and we tie into scientology. Holly $shit people, we cannot be this
      dumb. This is scary that people believe
      this $shit, what does that say about us as a country. This is some really, really stupid thing to
      believe. People see a movie called
      “IDIOCRACY” starring Luke Wilson.