Is Nicole Kidman the onlyearthling not talking about Tom Cruise andKatie Holmes? Readerswho snapped up the latest issue of Vanity Fair based on thecover’s promise that the famously robotic actress “bares her soulabout…Tom’s new flame” were disappointed to find the profilecontained only one non-quote about her ex’s mystical romance: “Interms of your life, if you start to exploit it, then what’s real,what’s not?” The reason for Kidman’s Koan-like comment,according to a friend of the actress, is that she’s still very much under contract when it comes to talking about Tom—on the record, atleast.
“Part of their [heavily-negotiated] divorce agreement is that hedoesn’t speak about her and she doesn’t speak about him,” thefriend notes. “And when she has spoken of him, she’s gottensome very nasty letters from his attorneys, who, as everyone knows, he keeps onspeed dial.”
Still, she hasn’t exactly been staying silent. When the National Enquirer published its latest coverstory—”Nicole’s War With Tom and Katie”—sources atthe tab say Kidman’s publicist, Catherine Olim,threatened legal action until second-hand quotes attributed to Kidman werewatered down to a point where she couldn’t be sued for breach of contract.
“Tom controlled his marriage to Nicole with an iron hand, andshe’s still terrified to tangle with him,” says the friend. Ofcourse, Kidman’s real thoughts on the relationship are hardly surprising:while she says she could “care less” about Cruise’s new“relationship,” she’s less than thrilled with his over-the-topantics, says our source. “She thinks he’s acting like a jackass halfthe time and a Scientology zealot the other half.” Maybe she’snot a cyborg after all.