Nicole Kidman knows more than anyone that winning an Oscar doesn’t necessarily bring happiness.
As reported by Fox News, Nicole Kidman recently spoke at the Women in the World summit held in London on Friday. While there, she revealed how her notorious divorce from Tom Cruise and the subsequent loneliness set her on a new life path — one which would ultimately bring her acting success as well as a new-found relationship.
In 2001, Kidman’s 10-year marriage to fellow Hollywood star Tom Cruise was in shambles, and they went through a high-profile divorce. Although the actress admits the break-up continued to bother her, the divorce allowed her to focus more on her work.
At the summit, she was asked about how the divorce affected her career and how she dealt with it.
“Out of that came work that was applauded, so that was an interesting thing for me, because I was like, ‘Ah.’ So I then embraced my own life and I got myself together and it took me a number of years and during that time I worked a lot. The work was a great place for me to exist.”
With her new commitment, the actress went on later to win an Oscar for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
While speaking to the audience, she revealed that her focus may have led to a gratifying Oscar win, but something was still missing in her life and she hadn’t yet found fulfillment.
“That [work] culminated in winning an Oscar and that caused an epiphany. I was sitting in the Beverly Hills Hotel [holding this gold statue] and it was all extraordinary and I was the loneliest I’d ever been.”
It was during this time, the actress realized that it was time to get her personal life back and move past her perpetual heartbreak. It took some time, but when Kidman “literally stumbled into” fellow Australian and country performer Keith Urban, things really changed for her.
In 2006, the Moulin Rouge! actress spontaneously married Urban and readily admits the marriage happened way too fast. However, despite the quick nuptial, the two have made it work and Kidman ultimately found the relationship she was desperately seeking.
“We didn’t know each other very well when we got married. And we navigated things, but I wanted that and I wanted a partner.”
Initially, Kidman wanted to start a family as soon as possible, but the American Idol judge wasn’t having it. Yet, despite his initial reservations, the couple now has two daughters, Sunday, age 7, and Faith, 4. Additionally, Nicole has two adopted children from her previous marriage to Cruise, Isabella, now 22, and Connor, 20.
More recently, Kidman has been struggling to recover from the death of her father and still gets emotional when talking about him. In a previous report from the Inquistir, Kidman wants to get over her father’s 2014 death, but is having a “really tough time.” She went on to say that Keith is the support system she really needs right now.
Nicole Kidman, now 48, continues to pursue her acting career. According to the Wrap, Kidman may be making a cameo appearance on the Fox hip-hop drama, Empire. The show’s creator, Lee Daniels, worked with the Oscar-winner before on the film The Paperboy, and says he “can’t wait” to work with her again. There is still no concrete confirmation that she will, in fact, appear on the show.
The actress is currently performing as English scientist Rosalind Franklin in the stage production of Photograph 51. The play runs through November 21 at the Noel Coward Theater in London. Suggesting that Nicole Kidman still holds a tremendous amount of star power, the play is mostly sold out for the rest of its run.
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