Nicole Kidman, after facing unsuccessful attempts to conceive while being in a relationship with Tom Cruise, recently commemorated her 17th wedding anniversary with Keith Urban, the man who granted her the most precious gift of all: motherhood to their two children.
The highly publicized divorce between Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise captured the attention of the world, yet Kidman remains tight-lipped about the explicit details that led to their separation.
This talented Oscar-winning actress and the renowned star of “Mission Impossible” first met on the set of “Days of Thunder” while Cruise was still married to fellow actor Mimi Rogers, whom he divorced in 1990.
The iconic Hollywood couple of Kidman and Cruise tied the knot in the same year. Kidman, who was just 23 at the time, confesses that she was completely swept off her feet by the action star.
“He completely swept me off my feet… And as it happens when you fall in love, all my plans for my life went out the window. I was like, ‘This is it.’ I was completely consumed by it, willingly. And I was desperate to have a baby with him. I didn’t care if we were married,” Kidman shared about her relationship with the “Top Gun” star. The desire to have children together was also portrayed in their joint film appearances, such as “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Far and Away” (1992), and “Malice” (1993), which revolved around the theme of a young couple yearning to become parents.
Behind the scenes, the seemingly content married couple strived to start a family, a dream that Kidman, who experienced two miscarriages with Cruise, confessed meant more to her than her career.
“From the moment Tom and I got married, I wanted to have babies… We lost a baby early on, which was a deeply traumatic experience. That’s when the decision came to adopt Bella,” she revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair. “There’s a complex backstory to that, given that I’m not very open about many things. Perhaps one day that story will be told. So that’s how it unfolded, and we adopted Bella when I was 25.”
Two years later, after welcoming Bella in 1992, Kidman and Cruise, who adhered to Scientology, proceeded to adopt Connor in 1995.
In December 2000, the acclaimed actress celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary with Cruise, joined by a group of friends. Kidman believed that their life together was perfect.
However, just two months later, her world shattered when Cruise abruptly announced their split without providing any explicit explanation, apart from a brief statement: “Nic knows why.” Kidman’s agents had previously cautioned her that being Mrs. Tom Cruise would have a detrimental effect on her career, warning her that she would ruin her chances.
As it turned out, divorcing Cruise became the best decision she could have made. The star of “The Golden Compass” went on to receive her first Oscar nomination for her outstanding performance in “Moulin Rouge” (2001) and subsequently won an Academy Award for her role in “The Hours” (2002).
In 2005, the stunning actress found her happily ever after with Keith Urban, one of country music’s most popular stars, at the G’Day LA event, which honors Australians residing in America.
“We kept it very, very private, and we managed to maintain that for a long time without people knowing about us, which is still pretty much our style,” Kidman said, reflecting on the early stages of her relationship with Urban.
The beautiful pair publicly confirmed their engagement at the 2006 Grammy Awards and tied the knot in June of the same year. However, just four months after their wedding, the Kiwi-Australian country singer checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic for a 90-day treatment.
“I’ve learned so much from being in a relationship with someone who is in recovery. I’m more than willing to go through it with him. We are both fully committed to our relationship,” Kidman revealed, emphasizing the supportive and loving nature of their bond. “We went through an incredibly difficult and painful phase, but managed to overcome it… That’s all I’ll say. Anything else would be self-indulgent and unnecessary right now. I think it could jinx our relationship, and that’s why I don’t go on and on about my profound feelings for this man.”
Currently in recovery, Urban and Kidman divide their time between homes in Nashville, TN, California, New York, and Australia.
Despite being informed of slim chances of conceiving naturally, the couple experienced the joyous arrival of their first “miracle” daughter, Sunday Rose, in 2006, just days after celebrating their second anniversary. Kidman was 40 years old at the time.
“Having my baby has been an incredibly healing experience. It took me a long time to become a mother. I feel immense gratitude. Sunday has brought about significant healing in me. It’s a deeply personal matter, but she truly has,” Kidman expressed with overflowing delight.
The blessings continued to pour in for the couple, as two years later, they welcomed their second daughter, Faith Margaret, through a gestational carrier in 2008.
Recently, Kidman and the 55-year-old Urban celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary, sharing a steamy photo on Instagram accompanied by the caption, “Happy anniversary my love.” Fans showered them with praise, leaving comments such as, “Happy anniversary to a beautiful couple! I adore watching the two of you together,” and “You two are the epitome of sweetness! Happy Anniversary!”
In early June, on Father’s Day, Kidman posted an adorable photo of Urban in a go-kart, celebrating the day with their children. The caption read, “Happy Father’s Day to the coolest dad there is! You are cherished by all of us! Your girls.” While most fans joined in with Father’s Day wishes, some couldn’t help but comment, “So sweet and incredibly attractive,” and “Simply beautiful and precious.”