Even though Nicole Kidman's friends often tease her for her strong religious beliefs, she regularly goes to church with her famous husband and two of her children.
The "Bombshell" star Nicole Kidman is the proud mother of four children. Her two oldest, Connor and Bella, were born during her relationship with actor Tom Cruise, while her two youngest, Faith and Sunday, joined the brood after she married country music star Keith Urban.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Kidman confessed she has instilled her faith in her youngest kids, and they frequently go to church despite being teased by friends. Her personal life has always been linked to religion, not only Catholicism.
Nicole Kidman on June 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee [left]. Kidman and Keith Urban leaving church in Sydney, Australia in July 2019 | Photo: Getty Images - Twitter.com/7NewsBrisbane
MARRYING OUTSPOKEN SCIENTOLOGIST TOM CRUISE
Over the years, Kidman has starred in a myriad of successful films and TV shows, including "The Hours," "Rabbit Hole," "Big Little Lies," and "Nine Perfect Strangers." Her outstanding career has attracted much attention to her personal life, and her first marriage was no exception.
The lucky one was "Mission: Impossible" actor Tom Cruise, one of the most famous followers of the Church of Scientology. The former couple met in 1989 on the set of "Days of Thunder" and hit it off right away.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the 1990s | Photo: Getty Images
They tied the knot in 1990, only one year after their first meeting, and were determined to enlarge their family right away. Kidman got pregnant shortly after saying I do, but sadly suffered an ectopic pregnancy and lost her child.
The painful experience significantly impacted Kidman and Cruise's lives. They still wanted kids, so they adopted daughter Isabella and son Connor, born in December 1992 and January 1995.
Nicole Kidman and her children Connor and Isabella on December 25, 2004 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
Both children joined Cruise and Kidman's family through the Church of Scientology and grew up as Scientologists. The actress got pregnant again in 2001, but she suffered a miscarriage. Later that year, Cruise filed for divorce.
Isabella and Connor stayed with Cruise and the Scientology, and Kidman was reportedly labeled a Suppressive Person – a Church's enemy who impedes the progress of other Scientologists or the Scientology movement.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on July 26, 2000 in Madrid, Spain | Photo: Getty Images
STRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH HER KIDS
Kidman's categorization as a Scientology's Suppressive Person allegedly resulted in a strained relationship with her children. They don't see each other much nowadays.
However, the church, Kidman, and her children have pointed out that religion had nothing to do with that. In 2014, Connor pointed out he loved Kidman and described their relationship as "solid."
The actress once said her kids were adults capable of making their own decisions and added that she respected their beliefs by keeping their lives private.
About Isabella, Kidman said that she lived outside London because she has always felt English. Although the "Aquaman" star missed her daughter's 2015 wedding to IT consultant Max Parker, she reconnected with both kids during the coronavirus pandemic.
At the moment, Connor lives in Clearwater, Florida. Apart from being in Scientology's upper ranks, he runs a BBQ restaurant called Connor's Meat Shack. He is also a deep-sea fisherman and reportedly married fellow Scientologist Silvia Zanchi in 2019.
In Bella's case, she is an auditor in the UK branch of the Church of Scientology. She took to social media to thank her father for helping her achieve such an impressive feat.
KIDMAN AND URBAN'S FAMILY
Kidman might not have the best relationship with her adoptive children, but things have changed with her new family. After marrying country music star Keith Urban in June 2006, she welcomed her daughter Sunday in 2008.
The couple's second daughter, Faith, joined the family in 2010 via gestational surrogacy. Both Kidman and Urban prefer to keep their daughters away from the spotlight, but they sometimes share photos of them on social media.
In 2021, Urban shared a photo of his wife and daughters with their backs to the camera and facing a lowered American flag, marking Memorial Day.
The actress admitted her daughters were "global children" with friends worldwide because they have lived in different countries. She added:
"[My daughters] complain that they have to move a lot as that is sort of their lifestyle, but we keep our family together, and that's the most important thing."
Nicole Kidman and her daughter, Faith on March 29, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
KIDMAN'S BIGGEST REGRET
Kidman loves motherhood so much that she regretted not having more children. She would have loved to have ten kids, but life had different plans.
Due to her fertility issues, she could only have four. Now, she "gets to mother" other children, including her nieces, nephew, and 12 godchildren.
The "Being the Ricardos" actress pointed out that she loved kids because they were quirky, funny, and "unfiltered." She also enjoys seeing them grow and seeing them go their own ways.
KIDMAN'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
Kidman might have been part of the Church of Scientology for a decade during her relationship with Cruise, but she grew up in an Irish Catholic family.
Her grandmother was "very Catholic," raised her praying, and gave her a diamond-studded crucifix that she rarely takes off. Kidman once described herself as a spiritual person who "absolutely" believed in God.
The actress even added that she wanted to be a nun. She was "very drawn" to that path but ultimately decided to be one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood.
As expected, Kidman is not afraid to talk about her religious beliefs out loud, and many of her friends often tease her for it. Still, she takes her family to church frequently because that is the way she and Urban are raising their daughters. She explained:
"Keith has his own beliefs, but he comes, too. […] I wouldn't say it's absolutism. There's constant questioning — I'm a willful, feisty girl."
In 2021, Kidman told Jimmy Fallon on his show when she noticed Urban was the one. Very early on her birthday, he showed up with flowers, and "that was it."
It is important to point out that Kidman and Urban had known each other for just six months before making his brave and bold move. Nowadays, they have been married for 15 years and counting. What a beautiful couple!