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Cruising Out Of Control

Nov. 25 2008, Published 7:43 a.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) "There are things that I could have done better," Tom Cruise has admitted to the UK Mirror. "I could have handled things better.

Y'mean like jumping up and down on Oprah's sofa, scolding Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants, and saying that he would eat his baby's placenta? That kinda thing?

Yes, though he admits, "I was surprised at the criticism but it brought everyone closer together."

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Sort of like circling the wagons. But he is philosophical about it all.

"Going through that stuff is not pleasant and I think it hit an extreme, but Kate's incredibly wise and very, very strong and confident, even though she is a very gracious and elegant person."

He says he got through it all by focusing on what's important.

"As a father and a husband you want to protect your family and tell them not to worry because it is all going to be OK. You just learn from it and move on and I know that."

And he himself remains philosophical about the present and the future.

"I have a blessed life because I have a happy family and children that I adore and everyone knows how I feel about Kate. It just brought us even closer together."


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