Nicole Kidman spent a good deal of her life in the spotlight, and as a result, it’s unsurprising that the general public has been privy to a whole lot.
The Australian actress has appeared in any number of blockbuster movies over the years, but it’s perhaps her relationship with Tom Cruise – including the children they adopted together – that has most dominated the headlines where she’s concerned.
Nicole and Tom officially became a Hollywood power couple after meeting in 1989 and marrying on Christmas Eve, 1990. At one point in time, their union seemed so solid that separation was unthinkable.
And yet, separate they did.
Many have speculated about the exact reasons for Kidman and Cruise parting ways, with a common theme suggesting that Tom’s commitment to the religion of Scientology – a commitment the couple’s adopted children apparently share – was to blame for the familial issues.
In an interesting interview with Who magazine, Kidman addressed the topic. She doesn’t usually talk on it at all, and so there were plenty of fans eager to hear what she had to say on the matter.
When Hawaii-born Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise married in 1990 after meeting on the set of the movie Days of Thunder, they instantly became Hollywood’s golden couple.
Back then, Cruise was indisputably the biggest star of the two. It was also the Top Gun actor who made sure that they became a couple. Cruise noted Kidman’s acting talent when she starred in the 1989 flick Dead Calm. After that, Tom persuaded the producers of Days of Thunder to make Kidman his counterpart and love interest in that movie.
The second Cruise and Kidman met, sparks flew. According to Kidman, her jaw dropped and she was totally blown away by the energetic and handsome Cruise, who was married to actress Mimi Rogers at the time.
“I had three very strong relationships before I met Tom. But I was never going to get married. Never. But he was just the most incredible, unusual man I’d ever met,” Kidman said.
After falling in love on set, a whirlwind romance unfolded and the A-list couple really seemed like a match made in heaven.
Cruise tied the knot with Kidman on Christmas Eve 1990, at a small and very quiet wedding in Telluride, a small town in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Only a few members of each family were present and the ceremony only took 30 minutes. One of the few outsiders who attended the wedding was actor Dustin Hoffman.
Sadly, however, she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 1990 at the age of 23. Cruise and Nicole couple lost their baby. After that, they decided to look at other options.
Sadly, the harmony of the family would eventually come to an end.
Nicole isn’t a member of the Church of Scientology, while Tom, Isabella, and Connor, are. Rumors persist in claiming that it was exactly this difference in faith and opinion which drove Kidman away.
Speaking to Who magazine, she said: “They (her children) are adults. They are able to make their own decisions.”
“They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”
In an interview with Vogue, meanwhile, the 55-year-old actress said: “I have two children who are Scientologists — Connor, and Isabella — and I utterly respect their beliefs.”
She added: “I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is.
“I think that’s so important because if that is taken away from a child, to sever that in any child, in any relationship, in any family — I believe it’s wrong,” Nicole said.
“So that’s our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love.”
These days, Nicole has settled with country music singer Keith Urban – the couple share two daughters.
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