Nicole Kidman Say Marriage To Tom Cruise Protected Her From Harassment
“Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about, because I’m married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful,” Kidman writes an essay for New York Magazine‘s October 15-28 issue, which focuses on the theme of women and power. “That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection.”
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For our #WomenAndPower issue, we spoke to @nicolekidman about power in Hollywood, the first powerful decision she made in her life, and #MeToo moments she's faced. Of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Kidman says "I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned." Tap the link in our bio now to read her full discussion of power and how she's acquired and wielded it through her career. 📸: @amandademme
She continues: “I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
The 51-year-old adds that she later had her “share of #MeToo moments.”
“But do I want to expose them in an article? No. Do they come out in my work? Absolutely,” she writes. “I’m open and raw. I want to have my well of experience and emotion tapped into — used, and I’m not just talking about sexual harassment. I’m talking about loss, death, the full array of life. But it has to be by the right people so it’s not abused again.”
Kidman and Cruise rarely answer questions about their much-speculated about marriage. They share two children together, Isabella, 25, and Connor, 23, with whom Kidman is reportedly estranged.
Kidman married Urban in 2006. They share Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
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