The Nine Perfect Strangers star, who rarely discusses her 11-year marriage to Cruise, recently addressed the press’s tight focus and scrutiny on the former couple. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kidman, 54, said she has no regrets about being too candid during their relationship.
“I was young. I think I offered it up?” she told the magazine with a laugh. “Maybe I’ve gotten a bit more trepidatious, but I’m always trying to be as open as possible. I just prefer to live in the world that way.”
“I’m wary at times, and I’ve been hurt, but at the same time I much prefer a warm approach rather than a prickly shutdown approach. My husband, Keith [Urban], says that when he met me, he said, ‘How’s your heart?’ And I apparently responded, ‘Open.'”
Kidman and Cruise, 59, married in 1990 and split in 2001. They are parents to son Connor, 26, and daughter Isabella, 28.
The former couple has respected their children’s privacy since their split. In a 2018 interview with Who magazine, Kidman revealed why she rarely speaks about her two adopted children, saying she’s very protective when it comes to their privacy.
“I’m very private about all that. I have to protect all those relationships,” Kidman told the publication. “I know 150 per cent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is.”
The actress added, “They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”
Last year, the Emmy winner revealed she and Cruise were “happily married” while filming the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut, where they played a married couple who deal with infidelity. In the interview, she was asked if working on the film gave her any “negative feelings” towards her relationship with Cruise.
“That fits the narrative that people came up with, but I definitely didn’t see it like that,” she responded.
“We were happily married through that. We would go go-kart racing after those scenes. We’d rent out a place and go racing at three in the morning.
“I don’t know what else to say. Maybe I don’t have the ability to look back and dissect it. Or I’m not willing to.”
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