There was definitely a light at the end of the tunnel for Nicole Kidman -- and now for Katie Holmes, too.
As reported exclusively in the new Us Weekly, out now, Holmes leaned on Tom Cruise's second ex-wife for advice and support in the final days of her marriage, as she plotted and built up the courage to divorce Cruise, 50, after nearly six years together.
After divorcing Cruise in 2001, Kidman, 45, found a new happy ending with Keith Urban -- wedding the country singer in 2006 and welcoming daughters Sunday, 4, and Faith Margaret, 17 months.
During one of their recent chats, the Paperboy actress "told Katie her life is great now and she has no regrets," a source explained to Us of the pair.
Although Holmes, 33, and Kidman spoke "over the last few weeks" leading up to Holmes' June 28 divorce filing (she and Cruise announced they'd settled the dispute last Monday), their secret friendship began soon after Holmes wed Cruise in 2006. "They spoke when Nicole called the kids [Isabella, 19, and Connor, 17]," the source says. "She knows what it's like in that . . . house."
Kidman recently admitted to Marie Claire that divorcing Cruise after 11 years together was definitely traumatic.
"I was really damaged and not sure whether [love and marriage] was ever going to happen again to me," she said.
She added to British GQ: "I want to honor that marriage for what it was, and there is nothing I would go into about that."