Nicole Kidman Speaks Out About Her Battle With Depression After Her Divorce From Tom Cruise

It’s been 20 years since Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise divorced, and their lives have certainly changed a lot since then. Still, people can’t help but be intrigued by what led to their separation and what impact the divorce had on each of their lives. Fortunately for curious fans, Kidman has continued to be honest and candid about her past relationships and what her life looks like today.

Kidman and Cruise first met in late 1989 prior to filming “Days of Thunder.” They both starred in the movie together, playing love interests before taking their romance off-screen. On Dec. 24, 1990, the pair tied the knot and later welcomed two adopted children: Isabella, born in 1992, and Connor, born in 1995.

The couple’s relationship was the talk of the town and easily garnered plenty of media attention, as the two actors were together for more than a decade when they painfully announced their divorce. It came as a shock to the world and was devastating for a heartbroken Kidman.

They both went on to marry other people. Kidman has been happily married to country singer Keith Urban since June 2006. Cruise, on the other hand, suffered some more heartache, as his marriage to actress Katie Holmes lasted from 2006 until 2012, leading to yet another public divorce.

Recently, Kidman opened up more about her relationship with Cruise and talked about how much she cried and the depression she dealt with following her public split from the actor. She has continued to be honest about her mental health and where she’s at with her struggles today.

Opening Up
In late December 2021, Kidman spoke with BBC Radio 4 in a very emotional and honest interview, which is set to air in January 2022. She opened up about the depression she was suffering from during the filming process of the drama “The Hours” in 2002. While playing the role of writer Virginia Woolf, the Australian actress admitted that she felt like she was “not in her own body,” according to SBS News.

Woolf was a writer who was troubled by her mental health issues and ultimately drowned herself in 1941. Reenacting the writer’s death in a scene for the film, Kidman couldn’t help but be overcome by her own depression. “I don’t know if I ever thought of the danger, I think I was so in her,” she said. “I mean, I put the rocks in my pocket and walked into the river. Over and over again. I probably don’t consider danger enough.”

Kidman continued, “And I think I was in a place myself at that time that was removed, depressed, not in my own body. So the idea of Virginia coming through me, I was pretty much an open vessel for it to happen.”

Although she did not elaborate much, Kidman noted that “depression hits you at different times.” The actress continued, “I was open to understand it, which I think is probably the beauty of life as an actor… I’ve delved and traversed many different landscapes of mental health and loss and ideas and joy and raised birth and you know, life is what it is.”

Her Painful Past
The pain from her past stayed with Kidman and left her often feeling “melancholy,” according to News Beezer. She explained, “This is too personal. But yeah I’m crying. I try to keep it under control, but everything is deeply sad.” According to the Daily Mail, Kidman took on the now-famous role in “The Hours” following her divorce from Cruise and revealed that she became an “open vessel” to the character’s dark thoughts. She even insisted on filming the River Ouse scene herself with no stunt double.

She and Cruise split in 2001, just one year before filming “The Hours.” Reflecting on her split from Cruise, Kidman said, “When it didn’t work out I had to really dig deep and find my way through depression. I have no regrets about all of it. It was all part of growing up.” Along with her public divorce, Kidman also opened up about her inability to conceive with Cruise, which was another addition to her depression.

Kidman and Cruise adopted two children together during their marriage, and Kidman has since welcomed two more children with her current husband, Urban. They welcomed their biological daughter Sunday in 2008 and their second daughter named Faith in 2010, via gestational surrogacy, according to the Daily Mail.

“I had so much time thinking that wasn’t going to happen in my life and trying to understand that,” Kidman said. “When it did happen – and for it to be a surprise – that was great.” She added, “Every woman who has been through all those ups and downs knows the depression that comes with it.”
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