Nicole Kidman celebrated the 17th anniversary of her marriage to Keith Urban, the man who gave her the greatest gift—the gift of becoming a mother to their two children—after unsuccessful attempts to conceive while she was dating Tom Cruise.
Nicole Kidman’s high-profile divorce from Tom Cruise was shown to the world on a large screen, but she still won’t discuss the specifics of what happened before their separation.
While Cruise was still married to actor Mimi Rogers, whom he divorced in 1990, the Mission Impossible star and the Oscar-winning actor first crossed paths on the set of Days of Thunder.
Kidman and Cruise, a star couple in Hollywood, got hitched in the same year. Kidman, who was 23 at the time of their wedding, acknowledges that her passion for the action star completely engulfed her.
“He basically swept me off my feet. … And as happens when you fall in love, my whole plan in terms of what I wanted for my life–I was like, ‘Forget it. This is it,’” Kidman shared of her relationship with the Top Gun star. “I was consumed by it, willingly. And I was desperate to have a baby with him. I didn’t care if we were married.”
The Hawaiian-born Australian and Cruise co-starred in a several movies while they were dating, including Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Far and Away (1992), and Malice (1993), the latter of which was about a young couple who wanted to start a family.
Off-screen, the seemingly contented couple was also attempting to start a family. Kidman, who had two unsuccessful pregnancies with Cruise, claimed that she wanted children more than a successful acting career.
“From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies…And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that’s when it came that we would adopt Bella,” she says in an interview. “There’s a complicated background to that, given that I never speak much about many things. One day maybe that story will be told. So that’s the way it came up, and we adopted Bella when I was 25.”
In 1995, Kidman and Cruise, a devoted Scientologist, adopted Connor, two years after having Bella (born in 1992). The To Die For actor and her Maverick husband joined pals to commemorate their tenth wedding anniversary in December 2000.
“I thought our life together was perfect,” she said. But two months later, her world came crashing down when Cruise broke the news of their breakup without providing more than the curt statement, “Nic knows why.”
Kidman said her agents warned that with Cruise, her career was destined for destruction. “Once you become Mrs. Tom Cruise, you do know your career is going to die. You’re going to absolutely shoot yourself in the foot,” she recalled being told.
They were accurate, and she made the best decision possible by divorcing Cruise.After receiving her first Oscar nomination for Moulin Rouge (2001), the Golden Compass star went on to win her first Academy Award for 2002’s The Hours.
Then, in 2005, at G’Day LA, a celebration honoring Australians who had emigrated to America, the stunning singer discovered her happily ever after with one of country music’s hottest performers, Keith Urban.
“We were very, very quiet about it, and we managed to get through a long period of time without people knowing about us–which is pretty much our style still,” Kidman said about the early days of her and Urban.
The stunning couple announced their engagement at the 2006 Grammys and was hitched in June of that same year. The Kiwi-Australian country singer entered the Betty Ford Clinic for 90 days of treatment four months after their wedding.
“I’ve learned an enormous amount having a relationship with someone who is in recovery. I’m more than willing to walk it with him. The two of us are very committed to our relationship,” she explained while speaking of their supportive and loving relationship. “We were in a very, very, very bad, painful place, and have managed to step through it…And that’s enough said. Anything else is overindulgent and unnecessary right now. And I think it jinxes it, in a way, and that’s why I don’t go on about my enormous feelings for this man.”
Now in recovery, Urban and Kidman divide their time between residences in Australia, New York, California, and Nashville, Tennessee. Even though she was informed her chances of getting pregnant were poor, the couple received their first “miracle” baby, Sunday Rose, only days after their second wedding anniversary in 2006. At the time, Kidman was 40.
“Having my baby has been a healing experience. It took me so long to have a child. I feel enormous gratitude. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It’s a very private thing, but she just has,” Kidman gushed.
The blessings kept coming for the couple, who delivered their second baby, Faith Margaret, in 2008 thanks to a gestational carrier, two years later.
The 55-year-old Urban and Kidman recently posted a sexy Instagram photo in honor of their 17th wedding anniversary with the comment “Happy anniversary my love.”
Fans raved about their love with comments like, “Happy anniversary to a beautiful couple! I love watching you together,” and “You two are sweet! Happy Anniversary!”
On Father’s Day earlier in June, Kidman shared a sweet picture of Urban riding in a go-kart with their kids. “Happy Father’s Day to the coolest dad there is!” reads the message on the picture. You are so loved by all of us! Your girls.
Many followers joined in with congratulations for Father’s Day, but some added, “so sweet and very (hot),” and “So beautiful and precious.”
We are so happy that Nicole Kidman found her happily ever after with Keith Urban, who fulfilled her dreams of having a beautiful family.
We absolutely adore the two and wish them a very happy anniversary with many more to come!