The “Big Little Lies” star, Nicole Kidman, married Tom Cruise purely out of love, but when their marriage ended, she was left begging her husband of ten years not to leave her.
For a decade or thereabouts, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were Hollywood’s “it” couple. Their meeting was unplanned, but even then, Cruise swept the Australian redhead off her feet.
The feeling was mutual, and Cruise felt a connection he would only compare to that of a soulmate. Following their on-set chemistry, the two lovebirds quickly entered the honeymoon phase, which would be the genesis of a decade-long relationship.
HOW THE HOLLYWOOD “IT” COUPLE MET
Kidman and Cruise met in 1989 before being cast for roles in the 1990 sports action drama film “Days of Thunder.” The following year, on Christmas Eve, they exchanged their nuptials in a small ceremony in Telluride, Colorado.
They went on to adopt two children, a son, Connor, and a daughter, Isabella. But besides being parents, they also worked together, co-starring in the 1999 erotic mystery psychological drama film “Eyes Wide Shut.”
Their marriage was a happy one, and Kidman recalls how she teamed up with Cruise for the Stanley Kubrick project. She remembers them renting out a place and going go-kart racing the wee hours of the morning.
While it was more for love, Kidman’s marriage to Cruise also provided her with a sense of security. She says that being married to a powerful man ensured that she would not go through what other young female actresses were going through in the hands of the industry bigwigs.
She felt protected, and her star was rising, not only because she was married to a star but because she had her own acting career going for her. U.S. Magazines reports her saying of her marriage in a 2018 essay for New York Magazine:
“ I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection. When I came out of the marriage at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
THE HIGH PROFILE HOLLYWOOD MARRIAGE ENDS
The marriage lasted a good decade, but then in 2001, the tables turned when Cruise filed for divorce, which Kidman says was without warning and took her by complete surprise.
The “Bombshell” actress says Cruise refused to seek help for their marriage troubles. In February 2001, the “Firm” actor reportedly filed a petition, citing irreconcilable differences.
They had just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary that December, and everything had seemed to be in place. And so, when Cruise filed for divorce, Kidman was devastated.
Cruise claimed that their marriage had ended during the early days of December, while Kidman contended that they had been intimate all through their anniversary month and even had an anniversary party with friends.
Within hours of him filing a petition, Cruise’s publicists announced that the split had been an amicable separation due to the pressures of his demanding job, which left her alone and stunned.
Kidman begged Cruise to stay with her, urging him not to leave the marriage. She encouraged him to seek marriage counseling with her, but he was adamant that his decision had been final and left.
It was also disclosed that following the intimate parties towards the end of December 2020, Kidman had become pregnant with Cruise’s child but lost it through a miscarriage a few weeks after she received news of the split.
Initially, Cruise questioned the child’s paternity due to rumors that Kidman had had an affair, but Kidman provided genetic evidence that the child had been fathered by Cruise. Speaking on Oprah, ABC News reports Kidman to have opened up about the divorce:
“I think that divorce is hard for anyone. It’s a nightmare, it just is, and you can pretend you’re fine. Some days you’re great, some days you’re not great.”
The legal implications of the split were huge for both parties. If it were proven that their marriage did, in fact, last ten years, Cruise would be liable to support Kidman for as long as she remained unmarried.
But if the marriage did end in December, as Cruise claimed, it would mean that they had been married for a month short of ten years, and this would imply that Cruise would not be liable to share his $225 million fortune with Kidman.
But in the wake of the divorce, “The Endless Love” star wished Kidman well and promised to pay “tens of millions” in support. Kidman said Cruise would be keeping all the property he owned before they married.
Still, he would be expected to share half the value of the property he acquired while they were married, including a 40ft yacht, a 2.8 million euro house in Australia, and their 3 million euro home in Los Angeles.
What has never been revealed for sure was the cause of the split. Cruise is said to have developed a mantra saying, “Nicole knows why.” His publicist even came forward to say that Kidman has always known the reason the two got divorced.
This begs the question of whether there had been infidelities within the marriage that led to the divorce, except after so long, we may never know what exactly transpired between the two.
Following the divorce, Kidman set out to be a better mother and protect her children. She was overwhelmed by the support she had received and was also equally surprised that the people she thought would have been there for her weren’t. She recalls:
“My life collapsed. People ran from me because suddenly it was ‘Oh, my God! It’s over for her now!’”
Despite the rough split, Kidman did find love once again and today, she is happily married to country singer Keith Urban and together, they share two daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
Cruise, on the other hand, has always been adamant that his divorce was and remains a personal matter, and he’s found no need to discuss it in interviews. He went on to marry Katie Holmes in 2006 but split in 2012.