Fourteen years after her divorce, Nicole Kidman is finally opening up about her divorce from ex-husband Tom Cruise.
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The actress got candid during an appearance at the Women In the World Summit in London on Thursday, where she admitted that her split from Tom opened up doors of creativity for her, as the separation was followed by roles in films like The Hours and Moulin Rouge.
Kidman explained, “I was running from my life at that time. I wasn’t able to handle the reality of my life and as an actor, you have this wonderful thing where you can get lost in somebody else’s life and become somebody else for a period of time.”
“I then embraced my own life and got myself together, it took a number of years,” she said. “That culminated in winning an Oscar [but] I was the loneliest I’ve ever been. That was a very strange thing to have happened … then I went, ‘I need to really hone in on what I want as a woman and for my life.’”
But despite her past struggles, the A-Lister insists she’s in a “fortunate, blessed place,” much ado to her current husband Keith Urban, whom she has two children with. “
We got to know each other when we were married. We didn’t know each other very well when we got married,” she said.
“I wanted to have more children and that’s happened for me. I was lucky, I got to have a child when I was 41. I then got to have a surrogate. I have two adopted children. I’m a mother who’s experienced motherhood through many different avenues.”
A reporter then proceeded to ask, “In having children all those different ways, is there difference in mothering each one?” To which she replied, “There’s no difference, because you love and the love is so profound,” Nicole said in response. “Once you have that child you go, ‘Ah, I’m willing to die for this person.’ You see and you feel that, that changes everything.”