Between Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, it was once crazy love. Unfortunately, the two-star idyll ended to the dismay of their fans. And when their marriage ended, the ‘Big Little Lies’ star reportedly asked her husband not to leave her.
For ten years, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were one of Hollywood’s most iconic couples. Their meeting was unplanned, but at first glance, Cruise had overturned the Australian redhead.
The feeling was mutual as the famous actor felt a connection he can only compare to a soulmates. So after meeting each other on the set, the two Hollywood stars quickly entered a honeymoon phase, the start of a relationship that stretched over a decade.
Left: Nicole Kidman at 60 Minutes Australia | Source: YouTube / 60 Minutes Australia. Right: Kidman with her husband Keith Urban and their daughters on March 28, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. | Source: Getty Images
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For the record, Kidman and Cruise met in 1989 before being cast in the action and sports film “Days of Thunder” in 1990. The following year, on Christmas Eve, they reunited at a small ceremony in Telluride, Colorado. Although their association has long delighted Hollywood with its unconditional and passionate love, the star couple never had biological children together.
Instead, they adopted two beautiful children and became loving parents to a son, Connor, and a daughter, Isabella. At the same time, they apparently did not give up hope of having a child.
“I was ready to do anything to have a baby with him”,
Otherwise, the two iconic actors, in addition to being parents, have worked together and shared the poster for the erotic, mysterious and psychological film “Eyes Wide Shut” in 1999.
Their marriage blossomed, and Kidman remembered how she teamed up with Cruise for Stanley Kubrick’s project. She especially remembered that they rented an apartment and drove go-karts in the wee hours of the morning.
Nicole Kidman at the “The Undoing” Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 9, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
Although Kidman and Cruise’s marriage was for love, it also gave a sense of security. The actress said being married to a powerful man allowed her not to go through what other young actresses have gone through in the hands of industry greats.
In fact, she felt protected, and her fame skyrocketed, not only because she was married to a star, but also because her acting career was a success for her. US Magazine also reiterated a comment Kidman made regarding the union for a 2018 New York Magazine essay:
“I got married very young, but it was certainly not a power for me – it was a protection. When I came out of marriage as a 32-, 33-year-old, it was almost as if I was going to grow up.”
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Clearly, the marriage between Kidman and Cruise lasted a good decade. But things took a different turn when the ‘Mission Impossible’ actor in 2001 filed for divorce.
As Kidman recalled, the request was filed without notice, which surprised her.
The “Bombshell” actress also claimed that Cruise refused to seek help for their marital problems. Thus, in February 2001, he allegedly lodged a complaint referring to incompatible inconsistencies.
But when they celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in December, everything still seemed perfect. And then, when the actor filed for divorce, Kidman was crushed.
Separately, Cruise said their marriage ended in the first days of December. Nevertheless, Kidman claimed that they had been intimate through their anniversary month and even had a birthday party with friends.
Note that a few hours after he filed a petition, Cruises’ publicists announced that the separation had taken place amicably. In particular, they claimed that the breakup was due to pressure from Cruise’s demanding job, leaving Kidman stunned.
It turns out, however, that Kidman allegedly begged Cruise to stay with her and urged him not to leave the wedding. She even encouraged him to see a marriage counselor with her, but he was adamant that his decision was final, and so he went.
Reports also revealed that after the intimate celebrations in late December 2001, Kidman became pregnant with Cruise’s child. Unfortunately, she had an abortion a few weeks after hearing the news of their separation.
Cruise first questioned the child’s paternity because of rumors that Kidman was having an affair, but she provided DNA evidence that he was the child’s father. Kidman opened up about the divorce during an interview with Oprah:
“I think divorce is hard for everyone. It’s just a nightmare and you can pretend it’s okay. Some days it’s okay, some days it’s not.”
The legal consequences of separation are enormous for both parties. If the courts proved that their marriage had actually lasted ten years, Cruise would be required to support Kidman as long as she remained single.
But if the marriage ended in December, as Cruise claimed, it would mean they were married for a month, which is less than ten years. If that were the case, Cruise would not be required to share its $ 225 million fortune with Kidman.
The day after the divorce, ‘The Endless Love’ star Kidman wished him well and promised to pay him “tens of millions” in child support. Kidman said Cruise would keep all the property he owned before their marriage.
Nevertheless, he should share half the value of the property he acquired during his marriage. These assets included a 40-foot yacht, a $ 2.8 million home in Australia and their $ 3 million home in Los Angeles.
Either way, none of the stars have revealed the reason for the separation. Cruise reportedly developed a mantra that says, “Nicole knows why.” Her publicist even stepped forward to say that Kidman always knew the reason for the divorce.
Therefore, people wondered if the infidelities within the marriage led to the divorce. Except that after such a long time, we can never know exactly what happened between the two.
In any case, after the divorce, Kidman decided to be a better mother and protect her children. Moreover, she was overwhelmed by the support she received, but just as surprised to discover that the people she thought were there for her were not. She remembers:
“My life fell apart. People ran away from me because all of a sudden it was ‘Oh my God! It’s over for her now!'”
Despite this difficult separation, Kidman found love again, and today she is happily married to country singer Keith Urban. They have two daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
On the other hand, Cruise has always insisted that his divorce remain a personal matter. He married Katie Holmes in 2006, but they divorced in 2012.