Nicole Kidman: “I Was a Baby” When I Married Tom Cruise

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in 1994. Ron Galella, Ltd./

Living life with no regrets. Nicole Kidman has always carried herself with grace and dignity, and her recent flitting mention of her ex-husband, Tom Cruise, in a new interview with The Evening Standard was no exception.

Asked about how her second marriage, to country singer Keith Urban, differs from her first marriage to Cruise, Kidman was demure.

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“Any time you have a chance at something again is good, but each combination of people is different,” the Oscar winner, 48, told the paper in a piece published on Thursday, Dec. 10. “I was a baby when I married Tom, but I don’t regret any of it. But out of respect for Keith I tend not to discuss any of that now . . .”

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in 1994.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in 1994. Ron Galella, Ltd./

After meeting Cruise on the set of the 1990 film Days of Thunder, Kidman, then a 23-year-old up-and-coming Australian actress, wed the superstar in 1991. The couple — parents to adopted kids Connor, now 20, and Isabella, 22 — famously divorced in 2001.

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The Photograph 51 actress tied the knot with Urban, 48, in 2006, and the pair have two daughters together — Sunday Rose, 7, and Faith Margaret, 4.

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Kidman admitted at a Women in the World Summit event in London that the years following her high-profile split from Cruise, 53, were some of her “loneliest.”

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“To be completely honest, I was running away from my life at that time,” she told the audience in October. “As an actor, the wonderful thing is you can become something else for a time. Out of that came work that was applauded so that was an interesting thing for me.”

Times have changed for the actress, however.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, Kidman received the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, and in her emotional acceptance speech, she thanked Urban for flying back and forth between their home in Nashville and London, where she was performing in the stage play Photograph 51.

“I will love you until the end of my life,” she said.

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