So, if it isn’t true love and it isn’t a contract for money, fame & an image boost, then, what could it be?
Beginning in 1991, Nicole’s life became the stuff dreams are made of. Her marriage to A-Lister Tom Cruise made her one-half of one of Hollywood’s hottest couples. A marriage that was happy, successful, with two beautiful children. She was young, naturally beautiful, rich, powerful, part of Hollywood’s elite. She had hit after hit at the box office. She was consistently nominated for various awards, and even won a few. She became high in demand, as did the salaries she began commanding.
In 2001, Tom filed for divorce. Nicole was blindsided and devastated. Despite the couple’s problems in the years leading up to the divorce, Nicole loved Tom and her life with him and everything that encompassed. I am aware that some believe Nicole’s marriage to Tom was a contract. I don’t find this hard to believe…after all, contract marriages/relationships happen all of the time in Hollywood. But I do believe that no matter how or why Nicole & Tom hooked up, they did indeed fall deeply in love with each other.
In the years following the divorce, both Tom & Nicole dated, had a couple of long-term relationships and there were even rumored engagements… they appeared to be moving on with their lives quite well. Well, at least Tom was. Nicole was, well…
December 2002 - Kidman Still In Love With Tom Cruise
“What does it matter? It was, I mean, hurt it? I had a life with him. I spent a decade of my life with him...and loved him, still, will always, you know, I mean when you spend that amount of time with someone...(clears throat) they are with you.” “I've told Tom I will be there for him for the rest of his life, always!”
August 2004 - Cruise Says No To Nicole Reunion, But They’ll Always Be Close
May 2006 - "He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, this lovely man, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him. I still love him.”
Now, Nicole actually met Keith at the G’Day LA event in January, 2005 but despite what the tabloids have said, they were not drawn to each other…they were introduced by Alexander Downer (Minister of Foreign Affairs), who btw, was quoted as saying “I can’t say I noticed any electricity when they met that night,…”. Supposedly, Nicole gave Keith her contact information. True or not, neither contacted the other and they did not hook up that night or any other after the G-Day LA event.
OUCH! Now, as much as I dislike Nicole, I have to admit, this sucks for her. This was the man she had loved, lived with and shared a life with for 10 years…it would certainly get my panties in a bunch for sure.
Enter Keith Urban (again). In June or July of 2005, Nicole and Keith actually did hook up (yup, 6 months later). Allegedly, it was courtesy of Nicole’s former co-star, Renee Zellweger, then wife of Keith’s best friend, Kenny Chesney. And this is where it gets interesting…because from that moment on, what started out as what could have been a mere coincidence with an identical first date on a motorcycle, became a fascinating pattern that at times, was a blatant, direct copycat of her ex-husband’s PR. I don’t have to go into any lengthy explanation here…and of course, I could list tons of examples but I’m sure you are all intelligent enough to see it in just these few:
November 11, 2005:
Vanity Fair, October 2006:
Vanity Fair, October 2007:
And then, there’s Nicole’s own words…
Keith marriage rule: “We won’t go more than 12 days apart, ever.”
Tom marriage rule: “We had a thing where we couldn't be separated for more than two weeks.”
She & Tom were like “puppies”
She & Keith are like “otters”
But more what’s more striking to me are the differences:
On meeting Keith: “It wasn’t like the earth shook”
On meeting Tom: “He basically swept me off my feet. I fell madly, passionately in love."
On speaking of her feelings for Keith: “…And I think it jinxes it in a way and that’s why I don’t go on about my enormous feelings for this man”
The always inscrutable Nicole Kidman says she's "deeply in love" …but wouldn't describe the marriage as a happy one…
On speaking of her feelings for Tom: “But I love being married. I really love it. Sometimes I try to downplay it a bit because people are like, 'God you guys.'
Interesting, no? I think so, but you can do your own math.
IMO, Nicole’s current marriage was nothing more than a woman’s desperate attempt at proving that she, too, could move on with her life and love someone else.
You see, Tom had moved on and left her behind – something I don’t think she was ever able to do. She loved him, he dumped her, went on with his life never once looking back, he fell in love, had a child and planned to marry a (much younger) woman who he claimed to love more than anyone else in his life - and Nicole has never, ever gotten over it.
But Tom must never, ever know that. Tom must see that she too, can move on & leave him behind. She too, can find someone to fall deeply in love with, marry and have children with. She too, can still be half of a power couple.
Take that Tom! F-You too!