Nicole Kidman And Tom Cruise's Relationship (part #2)
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman seemed like a match made in heaven. How did it all go so wrong?
When Nicole Kidman first met Tom Cruise, her initial desire was not to marry him but to have his babies.
In 2002, she conceded to Vanity Fair,
"I was desperate to have a baby with him. That's what I wish I'd done." Sadly, the couple struggled to conceive.
Opening up to Marie Claire about one of the darkest periods in her life, Kidman revealed that she had an ectopic pregnancy at the start of the couple's marriage, followed by a miscarriage years later.
Kidman lamented to the outlet:
"It was incredibly traumatic for me."
Following their bereavement, the couple was met with more devastating news — it was unlikely they would ever be able to have biological children.
Kidman poignantly reflected Tatler,
It's a huge, aching yearning... The loss of a miscarriage is not talked about enough.
That's massive grief to certain women."
Coming to terms with the painful reality, the couple decided to adopt two children,
Isabella and Connor Cruise.
In order to give their kids a healthy upbringing, the couple would alternate their work schedules.
As Kidman revealed to the Los Angeles Times in 1995, she worked in London while her husband stayed at home to take care of the kids, which led to sexist jibes from the British press.
Speaking with Vanity Fair the following year, Tom emphasized the importance of shielding his children from the Hollywood limelight.
It's been alleged that Scientology was as instrumental in setting up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's marriage as it was in orchestrating their divorce.
In his explosive Scientology exposé, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright alleged that Scientology leader David Miscavige had facilitated Cruise's break up with his first wife Mimi Rogers
so the actor could wed Kidman, with whom he had fallen in love. Though Rogers was also a Scientologist, she was apparently expendable.
Cruise was prioritized as the future of the controversial church — so were his desires. Getting Kidman on board with the Church's doctrine was no easy feat
Miscavige was agitated by her Catholicism and deemed her to be trouble.
Indeed, a source suggested to People that Kidman wasn't keen on converting to Scientology.
The church, who famously opposes psychiatric treatments, also allegedly didn't look kindly
upon the profession of Kidman's father, a respected psychologist.
Regardless of Kidman's reservations, Isabella and Connor were raised as Scientologists and
they remained with the organization long after their mom's divorce from Cruise
According to the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the
Church allegedly used aggressive intimidation tactics to tear apart the Hollywood sweethearts.
Both actors reportedly refused to be interviewed for the film, and neither responded to the claims.