The 1990s had a lot of great things: the beginning of Friends, unbelievably stylish ensembles, and the birth of iconic “It” couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.
The 1990s had a lot of great things: the beginning of Friends, unbelievably stylish ensembles, and the birth of iconic “It” couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. They were everywhere, and everyone wanted to know every detail about the shocking couple. Cruise was already one of Hollywood’s elites when they tied the knot in 1990, but everyone wanted to know, who was this gorgeous Australian actress who stole his heart?
They met on the set of the hit film Days of Thunder and tied the knot a year later on Christmas Eve in 1990. Before Kidman became the superstar she is today, she told Marie Claire per Goalcast that she felt like a trophy at the beginning of their marriage. “I thought, I don’t deserve to be here. We would go to the Oscars, and I would think, I’m here to support [Tom]. I felt it was my job to put on a beautiful dress and to be seen and not heard.”
Then came kids, more films, and a lot of red carpet appearances. They would frequently say how much they loved one another in interviews, with Cruise calling Kidman his “soulmate.”
They were the faces of ’90s love and their sudden divorce in 2001 shocked everyone. So let’s throw it back to the 1990s and take a look at Kidman and Cruise’s life in photos.
Photo : Everett Collection.‘Days of Thunder’
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman met and fell in love on the set of Days of Thunder back in 1989.
Photo : AP.Pre-Wedding Bliss
After a year together, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman tied the knot in a private ceremony on Christmas Eve in 1990 in Telluride, Colorado.
Photo : Ralph Dominguez/MediaPunch /IPX.“It” Couple
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman quickly become Hollywood’s “It” couple.
Photo : Everett Collection.Far And Away
Married couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise worked together on-screen again for the western film Far and Away.
Photo : AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File.Hollywood Royalty Meets British Royalty
Back in 1992, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise met Princess Diana of Wales. They became friends and they attended her funeral together in 1997.
Photo : AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia.Their Children
In 1992, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise adopted a daughter named Isabella Jane and in 1995, they adopted a son named Connor. They were very private about their children’s lives and rarely put them in the spotlight.
Photo : Ralph Dominguez/MediaPunch /IPX.Leaving Scientology
Nicole Kidman joined the Church of Scientology for Tom Cruise but decided to leave in 1997. And at one point, she even got Cruise to leave for a brief period of time, according to The Daily Beast.
Photo : AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian.Madly in Love
In a 2002 interview with Vanity Fair, the year after her divorce, Nicole Kidman admitted that she’d been so head over heels she overlooked some things. “I fell madly, passionately in love. And as happens when you fall in love, my whole plan in terms of what I wanted for my life — I was like, ‘Forget it. This is it.’ I was consumed by it, willingly. And I was desperate to have a baby with him. I didn’t care if we were married.”
Photo : Everett Collection.‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise worked together one final time on Stanley Kubrick’s sexy thriller Eyes Wide Shut in 1999.
Photo : AP Photo/Chris Pizzello.Fun After Filming
In a 2020 interview with The New York Times Magazine, Nicole Kidman said that during Eyes Wide Shut, she and Tom Cruise made some amazing memories together. “[We] were happily married through that. We would go go-kart racing after those scenes. We’d rent out a place and go racing at three in the morning. I don’t know what else to say. Maybe I don’t have the ability to look back and dissect it. Or I’m not willing to.”
Photo : Neil Munns/PA Wire URN:28790738/Press Association via AP Images.Shocking Split
Despite officials saying it was an amicable split, Nicole Kidman said she was blindsided when Tom Cruise filed for divorce from her.
Photo : AP Photo/CP, Aaron Harris.Cruise Moved On Quickly
During Tom Cruise’s divorce to Nicole Kidman, he started a relationship with Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz in 2001. They dated for a few years before splitting up in 2004, then he jumped into marrying his third wife Katie Holmes.
Photo : SCHROE'WIG/CS/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.Happy Ending For Kidman
After the sudden divorce, Nicole Kidman threw herself into her acting. She got an Oscar nomination for her iconic role in Moulin Rouge and ended up winning an Oscar for her leading role in the 2003 film The Hours. She re-married to country music star Keith Urban in 2006.