Nicole Kidman Lashes Out At Reporter Over 'Sexist' Question About Her Marriage To Ex-Husband Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise might be Nicole Kidman's ex, but don't come for him or their one-time marriage — something a reporter found out the hard way.
The 54-year-old Academy Award winner was doing press for her latest movie, Being the Ricardos when the outburst occurred. Kidman plays Lucille Ball in the film, which captures the sitcom queen's marriage and divorce to co-star Desi Arnaz.
When the reporter attempted to compare their failed relationship to Kidman's real-life divorce with Cruise, the actress wasn't having it.
"It’s about a creative and romantic relationship that doesn’t work out. But from it come some extraordinary things. And I love that. I love that it’s not a happy ending,” Kidman said, referencing Lucille and Desi's 1960 divorce.
She went on to say: “This film says you can make an extraordinary relationship thrive and leave remnants of it that exist forever. 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.”
That's when things took a turn in the interview.
Calling the characters “very relatable,” Kidman said, “You may have kids with them. You may not, but they were very much in love.” For some reason, the journalist thought it was a good idea to bring Cruise into the mix.
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When the reporter asked Kidman if she was actually describing her 11-year marriage to the Mission: Impossible actor, the actress responded by slamming the journalist over the "sexist" question.
"Oh, my God, no, no. Absolutely not,” Kidman replied. “No. I mean, that’s, honestly, so long ago that that isn’t in this equation. So, no.” But she wasn't done there.
“And I would ask not to be pigeonholed that way, either. It feels to me almost sexist because I’m not sure anyone would say that to a man,” she lashed out. “And at some point, you go, ‘Give me my life. In its own right.’”
Kidman and Cruise famously tied the knot in 1990 and divorced in 2001. Before their marriage ended, the pair adopted two children — daughter Isabella, 29, and son Connor, 26.
Kidman moved on and has been happily married to country star Keith Urban since 2006. They share two kids — daughters Sunday, 13, and Faith, 11.