Nicole Kidman finally acknowledged her children with Tom Cruise at an awards show
Whether or not a star as rarified as Nicole Kidman pays any attention to something as common as social media, she apparently got the message that Twitter has feverishly wondered why she failed to mention her two older children with Tom Cruise when she accepted acting honors at the Emmys in September and at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
Kidman has been the awards-season darling for her performance as a lawyer-turned-abused-wife-and-
For example, at the Emmys, Kidman made a point of reminding the crowd that she’s not just a busy, successful actress but also a wife and mother.
However, in emphasizing her domestic side, she made it sound like she only has two young daughters with husband Keith Urban: Sunday Rose, 8, and Faith Margaret, 6. She, of course, also has Connor and Isabella, who are in their 20s and whom she adopted with Cruise, her first husband.
Kidman dedicated her Emmy speech just to Sunday and Faith, saying “This is yours. I want my little girls to have this on their shelf and to look at it and go, ‘Every time my mommy didn’t put me to bed, it’s because of this. I got something!’ ”
Then at the Golden Globes Sunday night, Kidman again referred to family members in her life who are important to her. In addition to Urban and Sunday and Faith, she mentioned her mother.
But again, Connor and Isabella were left off her thank-you list, setting off another frenzy on social media. Among those noticing the oversight was Huffington Post writer Yashar Ali:
Nicole Kidman did not thank her daughter/son she adopted with Tom Cruise in her speech. She didn’t thank them at the Emmys either. I am not surprised, if she divorced Tom Cruise, the Church of Scientology declared her a suppressive person and her children were turned against her.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) January 8, 2018
On Thursday night at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Kidman finally seemed to rectify that situation with an oblique reference to Connor and Isabella, the Washington Post reported.
In her speech, she said, “I want to thank all of my children, who show me so much love.”
Kidman’s relationship with her children with Cruise has become an awards season focus because of the bitter way her marriage to Cruise ended in 2001. Cruise is a leading and outspoken member of the Church of Scientology.
Since their divorce, reports have circulated that the cult-like organization worked to estrange Kidman from Connor and Isabella. In Scientology parlance, she had reportedly become what’s known as a “suppressive person,” or “SP.”
Connor and Isabella, who were raised in the church, decided to live with their father and remain devoted to their religion. Whether by coercion or choice, they ended up siding with their father rather than with Kidman, according to The Daily Beast.
In 2007, Kidman reportedly said, “My kids don’t call me mommy, they don’t even call me mom. They call me Nicole, which I hate and tell them off for it.”
Leah Remini, who has exposed the church and its leader, David Miscavige, on her show “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” touched on Nicole’s estranged relationship with Connor and Isabella in her book, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.”
Remini said that after attending Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes, she was riding in a car with the siblings and asked if they had seen their mother recently. The Business Insider reported that Isabella replied, “Not if I have a choice. Our mom is a (expletive) SP.”
Over the years, Kidman also hasn’t been seen much in public with Connor and Isabella.
However the mother and the children have maintained that there is nothing but love between them.
While promoting her film “Lion” in 2016, Kidman told Vanity Fair, “I’m a mother with adopted children. This movie is a love letter to my children.” In “Lion,” Kidman plays an Australian woman who has deep, unconditional love for the two boys she adopted from India.