‘Being the Ricardos’ Star Nicole Kidman Blasts Tom Cruise Question in New Interview

by Josh Lanier
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Nicole Kidman isn’t Tom Cruise’s ex-wife. She’s an Oscar-winning actress and a mother of four who married and divorced the Top Gun star. The Being the Ricardos actress thinks it’s ridiculous she still gets questions about Cruise 20 years after their divorce.

The topic came up recently during a press stop for Being the Ricardos. Nicole Kidman plays Lucille Ball in the movie, which focuses on the comedienne’s doomed 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz.

The movie, Kidman told The Guardian, gives a realistic take on marriage. Even ones that don’t work out have beautiful moments.

“This film says you can make an extraordinary relationship thrive and leave remnants of it that exist forever,” she said. “Yeah, that’s really gorgeous. You can’t make people behave how you want them to, and sometimes you’re going to fall in love with someone who isn’t going to be the person you spend the rest of your life with. And I think that’s all very relatable. You may have kids with them. You may not. But they were very much in love.”

Interviewer Eva Wiseman thought she was talking about her ex-husband Tom Cruise. They married in 1990 and divorced 11 years later. They adopted two children together. Nicole Kidman was not talking about Cruise.

“Oh, my God, no, no. Absolutely not. No,” the Moulin Rouge star said. “I mean, that’s, honestly, so long ago that that isn’t in this equation. So, no.

“And I would ask not to be pigeonholed that way, either,” she continued. “It feels to me almost sexist because I’m not sure anyone would say that to a man. And at some point, you go, ‘Give me my life. In its own right.'”

Nicole Kidman Says Husband Keith Urban Saved Sundays for Her

Nicole Kidman has on rare occasions talked about her relationship with Tom Cruise. She told Marie Claire that after their divorce, she dreaded Sundays.

The day can be lonely if you’re single. You want to make the most out of your weekend by doing very little. Those lazy Sundays can make you feel alone. Kidman said she started to “dread” the day, but that changed after she met her husband Keith Urban in 2005. The day became symbolic for the couple.

Kidman and Urban named their first daughter Sunday Rose in 2008. She’s named after Sunday Reed, a prominent arts patron in Australia and one of Kidman’s family members. But the day also holds a special place for the couple.

“We went from dreading Sunday to really loving it,” she said. “It was the day when nobody was going to bother you. You could stay in bed. You could do what you wanted to do. We just thought, what a great name for our baby.”