Nicole Kidman Was Not Given the Choice to Have More Children as She First Gave Birth after 40
- Despite having fertility issues, Nicole Kidman defied all odds and fell pregnant at 41.
- She claimed she conceived after swimming in fertility waters while shooting a movie.
- Find out more about the actress's story.
American-Australian actress and producer Nicole Kidman became a Hollywood sensation in the early '90s when she worked opposite Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder." Today, she is remembered for her role as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours."
Apart from her stellar career, Nicole also has a beautiful family she takes pride in. At 56, the icon is a doting mom of four children — Isabella Jane, Connor, Sunday Rose, and Faith. Although she is a mom of four, Nicole would love to have more children.
The actress once revealed that she would have loved to have ten children. Although her wishes didn't come true, Nicole is happy with what she has. She gets to be a mother, not only to her kids but to 12 godchildren and six nieces and nephews. Here's everything to know about the star and her motherhood journey.
Nicole's First Marriage and Adoption
To date, Nicole remains a source of inspiration to many women because of her professional achievements and strength during difficult situations. The actress appears to be living happily with her family, but for the longest time, she struggled with fertility issues during her first marriage.
In 1990, Nicole tied the knot with Hollywood star Tom Cruise. They stayed married for more than a decade before calling it quits in 2001. Sadly, their marriage yielded no biological children, as Nicole struggled to conceive.
To become parents, the former couple turned to adoption. They adopted their first child and daughter, Isabella, in 1992, after she was born in Miami, Florida. Four years after welcoming Isabella, the pair became parents of two following the adoption of Connor in 1996. Nicole and Tom were happy with the adoption, but the former wanted her biological children.
Nicole Finds Love Again
It was love at first sight for the actress, and although Keith did not come around at first, he eventually did, and the pair began dating. In June 2006, they married in Manly, Australia, and have been together ever since.
Time and again, Nicole and Keith have spoken about the love they share and the secret to their long-lasting marriage. In 2018, the producer revealed that her marriage had been successful because she and her husband made time for each other.
Nicole's First Pregnancy
After experiencing fertility issues in the past, Nicole finally became a biological mother for the first time on July 7, 2008, when she gave birth to Sunday Rose. Spokesman Paul Freundlich made the announcement, noting that Keith was by his wife's side and the mother and child were doing well.
Three years passed, and Nicole still did not conceive.
Freundlich mentioned that the baby weighed six pounds and 7.5 ounces at the time of birth. He concluded by revealing that the couple was excited to share the good news with the world.
A few months after welcoming her child, Nicole shed more light on the pregnancy and how she conceived at 41 years old. The actress explained that she got pregnant while filming "Australia" in Kununurra in Western Australia.
Nicole claimed that the Kununurra waters she and the crew swam in helped her conceive. The actress, who called the waters "fertility waters," said seven babies were born while shooting the movie. She believed there was something special about the water.
Nicole and Surrogacy
On December 28, 2011, Nicole welcomed her second biological child with Keith — Faith Margaret— through gestational surrogacy. Shortly after, the "To Die For" star went public with the news via a statement.
In the statement, Nicole said her family was truly blessed and thankful to have baby Faith as a part of their lives. The proud mom was grateful to everyone who was supportive throughout the period and most importantly, the gestational carrier.
Nicole revealed that she and her husband opted for surrogacy because they felt desperate trying to conceive again. The actress said anyone who wanted a child knew the disappointment in trying and failing due to fertility struggles.
The Oscar award nominee mentioned that fertility was a big deal, and it was not a topic she would shy away from. In 2012, she told Australian Magazine, Who, that she had tried severally to conceive and failed. Nicole noted that she had also received fertility treatments and done everything possible to get pregnant.
So, when she got the opportunity to try out surrogacy, she did not hesitate. Nicole was happy it all worked out and expressed love for Faith and Sunday. The actress said she would die for her children, and having that feeling was unconditional love.
Nicole on Motherhood
Despite having two biological children, Nicole wanted to have more. In 2017, the woman relayed that she hoped to conceive again. However, due to her past experiences, she had doubts. Three years passed, and Nicole still did not conceive. She lamented:
"I wish I'd had more children, but I wasn't given that choice."
However, she is thrilled to be a mother and takes the role seriously. Nicole told CNN that she was ready to be a mom because she had experienced motherhood in many ways, adding that:
"I suppose my maternal instincts and drive has always been there since I was little… and that's a huge driving force of who I am... I am a mother because I love being a mother."
Currently, Nicole, Keith, Sunday, Isabella, Connor, and Faith live happily in Australia and go to church often. Although Keith has his own beliefs, he accompanies his family to church. Nicole says she has a strong belief in God and wants to raise her kids the same way.
Nicole and Keith's Rare Appearances with Their Daughters
In 2021, Nicole and Keith stepped out on the red carpet accompanied by their daughters, Sunday and Faith. The two girls, who are normally kept out of the spotlight, sat next to their parents at the Golden Globes Awards.
The actress said that as a mom, she knows love is always waiting for her from her beautiful family. She was glad to be joined by her husband and daughters, who are always wondering what their mom is doing.
On October 14, 2023, Keith and his daughters Sunday and Faith stepped out again. The three were spotted at the arrivals terminal at Sydney International Airport with airport security. The girls and their father rocked casual looks.
Sunday, the eldest daughter confidently donned an oversized grey hoodie paired with flared leggings as she stepped out, completing her casual look with a comfortable pair of Ugg slippers. Meanwhile, Faith sported a white Nike hoodie and gray sweatpants, mirroring her dad's style with a matching pair of white trainers.
Keith wore a sleek all-black outfit featuring track pants, a zip hoodie, and a Hurley cap. The hitmaker maintained a low profile with black sunglasses, complementing his ensemble with stylish white sneakers.
Fans who saw Keith's pictures with his daughters praised them. "His daughters are beautiful. Just like their mom," a fan said. "The oldest looks like dad, the youngest looks like mom," a fan noted, while another complimented Faith and Sunday, "Gorgeous girls."
Fans said Keith and Nicole had done something right as parents because their daughters looked stunning. Nicole wanted to be a mom for a long time, and now she gets to enjoy raising her kids with a loving partner by her side. The family cherish each other as seen from how they speak about one another and their loving appearances in public.
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