Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman divulged some interesting information about her marriage and subsequent break-up with creepy superstar/Scientologist Tom Cruise in DuJour magazine’s Winter issue. The most noteworthy revelation is that Nicole did actually love Tom and didn’t want the marriage to end.
I always assumed that Nicole and Tom’s relationship was exactly the same as I assumed Tom’s relationship with Katie Holmes was … despite being minor stars themselves when the relationship began, Nicole and later Katie were starstruck and flattered by the attention of someone of his stature (not height-wise, but prominence-wise), but then gradually they realized that he was kind of awful. Based on Nicole’s interview, however, it seems that wasn’t the case … for her anyway.
Nicole and Tom met on the filming Days of Thunder in 1989 and got married very shortly afterwards, when she was 23 years old and he was 28. About her feelings for Tom, she tells DuJour: “I was totally smitten–I fell madly, passionately in love.”
They each made movies … some good, mostly bad … including Eyes Wide Shut in which you get to see Nicole peeing. In 2000, Tom filed for divorce on the grounds of “irreconcillable differences.” Five years after the split, Nicole told Ladies’ Home Journal about the relationship:
“[Tom] was lovely to me and I loved him. I still love him.”
One issue which is widely believed to have caused a major rift in their relationship was Tom’s devotion to the absurd, fantasy-land religion, Scientology. By all accounts, Nicole never fully bought into Scientology, having been raised in what she calls a “close-knit” Catholic family. Despite this major ideological divide, Nicole maintains that she worshipped Tom, telling DuJour:
“I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him.”
Sadly, the ends of the earth mean nothing to a Scientologist who aspires to Operating Thetan Level XII. During their marriage, Nicole and Tom adopted two kids, Isabella and Conor, who were homeschooled and raised to be lunatics anxiously awaiting their glorious ascent into Xenu’s army or whatever the fuck Scientologists believe. Following their parents’ divorce, the kids chose to stay with Tom in L.A., while Nicole moved to her home country, Australia.
In 2002, Nicole won an Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours, and a few years later, met and married country singer, Keith Urban. After Tom left her, Nicole tells DuJour “It took [her] a very long time to heal. It was a shock to the system. … I wanted to fall in love again, but I wasn’t sure I could.”
Nicole has not been photographed with Bella and Connor, now 19 and 17 years old respectively and both still living in L.A., for several years. In 2010, Nicole said “I’d love them to live with [Keith and me], but what can you do?” Nicole and Keith have two daughters of their own, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. While that statement about wanting her older kids live with her sounds flippant and insincere, you have to think they’re all better off. Growing up around country music has got to be damaging enough without the added influence of Scientology wackiness.
My basic opinion of Nicole Kidman is that her taste in men is questionable. I find it difficult to buy into women who pretend to be into men shorter than they are. And Nicole has gone overboard with the Botox to the point that her face is pretty fucked-up looking … not Meg Ryan or Courteney Cox level fucked-up, but pretty fucked up. That said, she has always seemed very sweet. And, while it’s sad to hear about her heartbreak, she’s way better off without that awful Tom Cruise.