The Complicated Family History Of The Cruises
Kidman is most famous for her extensive filmography and award-winning performances, but the public has certainly had a fascination with her personal life. And it all started with her first marriage to Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
After meeting on the set of their 1989 film Days of Thunder, Cruise and Kidman had a whirlwind romance, culminating in a wedding just over a year later. Kidman said that she immediately started wanting to have kids and was soon pregnant.
Devastating Loss Of Her First Child
However, she suffered an ectopic pregnancy and lost her first child. This painful and traumatic experience drove Kidman and Cruise to adopt two children: daughter, Isabella Jane (born 22 December 1992), and son, Connor Anthony (17 January 1995).
Cruise is famously a devout member of the Church of Scientology, and both Bella and Connor were adopted through the church, as they were born to parents who couldn’t take care of them.
In 2001, Kidman had miscarried yet again. Cruise filed for divorce that same year, citing irreconcilable differences. The children stayed with their father and the church, reportedly resulting in a strained relationship with their adoptive mother.
When Kidman’s father died, her adopted daughter wasn’t physically present to provide support. And Kidman, in turn, did not attend Bella’s wedding to IT consultant Max Parker in 2015 – although it seems like her father and brother weren’t guests at the intimate ceremony, either.
Fans were also quick to notice that in Kidman’s 2018 Golden Globes acceptance speech, she only thanked her biological daughters with her second husband, Keith Urban. In fact, in all of her previous speeches, Kidman never acknowledged her adopted children.
Church of Scientology
People have speculated about why Kidman and her adopted children don’t see each other much, and Kidman’s personal issues with the Church of Scientology seems to be the #1 theory.
According to fellow actress and former Scientologist, Leah Remini, Kidman was considered an “SP” – Suppressive Person, a term given to non-believers and defectors – by both church leaders and her very own children.
Despite Remini’s claims, the church, Kidman, and Bella and Connor themselves have denied that religion has come between them. Kidman told Who Australia that “they are adults. They are able to make their own decisions”, and she keeps her kids’ lives private out of respect for them and their beliefs.
In 2014, Connor Cruise (who is now a DJ and musician based in Florida) also spoke up about the rumours. The actor and musician told Women’s Day, “I love my mum. I don’t care what people say, I know that me and mum are solid. I love her a lot”.
Even though they haven’t been in pictures together since 2006, Kidman keeps in touch and only has positive things to say about her adopted kids in interviews. “They are generous, kind, and hardworking”, said Kidman, referring to Bella and Connor.
But there have been clues that things may not be completely peachy between the 26-year-old fashion designer Bella and her 51-year-old mom. While Kidman has always been tolerant of her first family’s beliefs, she probably did not celebrate in her oldest daughter becoming the new ambassador for the controversial church.
A Happy Ending: Keith Urban And Nicole Kidman
After a few high-profile yet unsuccessful flings, Nicole Kidman met country rock star Keith Urban at the G’Day USA gala in 2005. A year later, in June 2006, Kidman and Urban tied the knot.
Knowing Kidman’s past struggles with infertility and difficult pregnancies, it was a pleasant surprise when the couple announced the birth of their first child (and Kidman’s first biological daughter) Sunday Rose, who was born on 7 July 2008. Named after the day of the week, Kidman explained that Sundays were really lonely as a divorcee. But her relationship with Urban changed all of that.
“We went from dreading Sunday to really loving it. It was the day when nobody was going to bother you, you could stay in bed, you could do what you wanted to do. We just thought, What a great name for our baby” Kidman said.
While attempting to get pregnant with their second child, Kidman found herself having trouble once again. But thanks to a surrogate, Kidman and Urban were blessed with another daughter on 28 December 2010.
Just like her sister before her, Kidman’s second daughter followed in the same tradition of meaningful kids’ names. Faith Margaret was, according to a close source, named so because Kidman and Urban “never gave up faith that they would have another child together”.
Nicole Kidman has revealed that her two youngest daughters are being brought up in an unconventional way – without Instagram or even phones. The family also goes to church together, even though Urban’s personal beliefs are different from Kidman’s Catholic upbringing.
Both Sunday and Faith seem to be following in their parents’ footsteps. Faith is a musician like her father, while the Sunday has expressed interest in acting, just like her Hollywood star mom.
Nicole Kidman and her kids may not have the ideal family situation. But there’s obviously no shortage of what matters most – love, support, and respect for each other.
With four beautiful children already, are there plans for a fifth, sixth, maybe even a seventh? How many kids does Kidman want? “I would love to have had more”, the actress said. “But I’m happy to have the family I have”.