Nicole Kidman: Marriage to Tom Cruise gave ‘protection’ from sexual harassment
Nicole Kidman opened up on her marriage with Tom Cruise, making some revelations about what it was like being wed to him at just 22 years old.
The “Big Little Lies” star penned an essay for New York Magazine’s Oct. 15-28 issue in which she discussed women and power, particularly the kind of power she had while married to the “Mission Impossible” star, who was 27 when they were wed in 1990.
“Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about, because I’m married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful,” she said.
“That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me—it was protection.”
“I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed,” she revealed.
She said that Cruise’s power sheltered her in her work within Hollywood, so much so that when they divorced when she was about 33 years old, “it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
“Of course I’ve had #MeToo moments — since I was little!” she said. However, she would rather not “expose them in an article” and instead express them in her work.
Kidman met Cruise on the set of the 1989 film “Days of Thunder,” getting engaged shortly after his divorce to Mimi Rogers.
The former couple has two adopted children, Bella and Connor. Kidman hasn’t been involved with their lives as they lived with Cruise and remained in the Church of Scientology after their split.
It has been speculated that since their separation, beliefs of the cult-like group has put a strain on her relationship with the kids. The Church of Scientology has also been said to interfere with Cruise’s romantic relationships. However, Bella insisted in a 2016 Daily Mail interview that she talked to both her parents.
Currently, the Oscar-winning actress has been married to Urban since 2006 and has two biological daughters with him. Niña V. Guno /ra
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