Nicole Kidman has opened up about her difficult relationship with her two oldest children, Connor and Bella.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Kidman discussed the challenges of motherhood, saying that “there are going to be incredible peaks and valleys, whether you are an adopting mother or a birth mother. What a child needs is love.”
She went on to say that she offers her children “unconditional love” despite the fact that they have chosen to be Scientologists.
The rumors of a rift between Kidman and her two eldest children first began when she separated from their father, Tom Cruise, in 2001. At the time, the children were raised in the Church of Scientology and chose to stay with their father.
Kidman told The Sun that she married Cruise “for love” and “everything kind of had to fall in place around that.” She also acknowledged that she probably got married too young, saying “I was so young. I look back now and I’m like, ‘What?’ I had two kids by the time I was 27 and I’d been married for four years. But that’s what I wanted.”
Despite the challenges in her relationship with Connor and Bella, Kidman has remained focused on her younger daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
In 2018, she won a Golden Globe for her role in Big Little Lies and dedicated the award to her daughters, saying “Sunny, Faith, I love you. I’m bringing this home to you babies.”
She has also spoken openly about the joys of motherhood, saying that “motherhood is about the journey” and that she is grateful for the love and support of her husband Keith Urban.
The rumors of a rift between Kidman and her two eldest children were reignited in 2019 when it was claimed that they had been “indoctrinated against Nicole Kidman.”However, the actress has remained steadfast in her commitment to her children and her belief in the importance of unconditional love.
In Steve Cannane’s book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, it is alleged that the Church of Scientology tried to turn Nicole Kidman’s children against her after her relationship with Tom Cruise ended.
Actress Leah Remini, who was previously involved in Scientology, backed up the claims, alleging that Isabella and Connor consider their mother a “suppressive person” – a person who has publicly renounced their faith and is no longer allowed to be in contact with other members of the church.
Remini recalled being in the car with Isabella and Connor, and asking if they had seen their mother recently. “Not if I have a choice,” Isabella answered, according to the book. “Our mum is a f**king SP [suppressive person].”
In an interview in 2019, a former top-ranking Scientology member claimed that Cruise’s daughter, Isabella, is being “used” as Scientology’s “poster girl”.
Sam Domingo also claimed that once Kidman left the church, things changed drastically for the Cruise children, as they were largely separated from the rest of the church’s children and were led to believe that their mother should be excommunicated.
“I know what techniques they used… I know what the second-in-command at the time Marty Rathbun did, he was so tough on them, the Cruise kids had no choice,” Domingo said. “After the divorce, they were indoctrinated into Scientology and very much isolated,” she added. “You can’t be anti-Scientology if you’re part of Tom’s family, you will be disconnected – look at his daughter Suri.”
The allegations in Cannane’s book and the claims made by Domingo paint a disturbing picture of the treatment of children in the Church of Scientology. If true, they suggest that the church is willing to go to great lengths to maintain control over its members, even at the expense of family relationships.
The Church of Scientology has a history of controversy, with many former members alleging that the organization uses manipulative tactics to recruit and retain followers. The church has consistently denied these allegations, and has criticized those who make them as being biased and uninformed.
Regardless of the veracity of these allegations, they serve as a reminder of the potential dangers of blindly following any organization, and the importance of critical thinking and independent evaluation in making important life decisions. It is crucial that individuals maintain a healthy skepticism and do their own research before committing to any organization or ideology.
In the case of the Church of Scientology, it is clear that there are many questions and concerns that need to be addressed. Only by thoroughly examining the evidence and engaging in open and honest dialogue can we truly understand the nature of the church and its practices.
Nicole Kidman has dismissed reports of a rift between her and her two oldest children, Isabella and Connor, who were adopted during her marriage to Tom Cruise. In an interview with Who Magazine in 2018, Kidman said that she would “give up [her] life” for her children, and emphasized the importance of offering “unconditional love” to one’s children, regardless of their choices.
Kidman and Cruise adopted Isabella and Connor during their marriage, which lasted from 1990 to 2001.
In a 2016 interview with New Idea, Isabella was asked if she still speaks to her parents, to which she replied, “Of course we talk, they’re my parents.” She added that anyone who says otherwise is “full of sh*t.”
In a 2019 interview with Woman’s Day, Connor described his relationship with his mother as “solid,” and said that his family means everything to him.
Kidman has also spoken publicly about her relationship with her two oldest children, emphasizing her love and support for them. In a 2019 profile in Vanity Fair, Kidman spoke briefly about her two older children and their lives in London and as a DJ, respectively. She also mentioned that Bella has a talent for art and sells her artwork on her online store.