I used to be a huge, huge, huge Nicole Kidman fan. I was such a big fan that I couldn’t even totally criticize her for doing Eyes Wide Shut, putting most of the blame on her then-husband, Tom Cruise. And I liked her for a long, long time. She was one of those stars that you could always count on to show up looking flawless, and speaking flawlessly, and making it all seem so easy when you lead the life of such a glamourous woman. Then something happened, and I’m not too sure what it was. Perhaps it was when ‘every molecule in her body changed’ as she told Oprah after giving birth to Sunday Rose. I think she meant something else by it but I think she was right and I don’t think it was for the better.
She’s turned into this woman who seems to not have a brain in her head and doesn’t think twice before she says or does anything. And while she used to be somewhat tight-lipped or gave the obligatory ‘We’re still very close,’ comment, she’s now taken to ragging on him and about how horrible it was to be known as Tom Cruise’s wife. I don’t deny that it is a horrible position but not for the reasons she’s claiming. From Gossip Girls,
“Nicole revealed, “I felt I became a star only by association. We would go to the Oscars and I would think, ‘I’m here to support him.’ I felt it was my job to put on a beautiful dress and be seen and not heard.”
But now that she’s married to Keith Urban, Nicole says she’s in a much better place, especially since her daughter Sunday Rose was born. “I can’t bear to be separated from Sunday Rose. That’s why I haven’t yet gotten a daytime nanny, but at some stage I probably will have one.”
Yeah, Nicole, you did only become a star by association and you should be nothing but thankful for it. Tom Cruise made her who she is because she was married to him at the height of his career. And if that made her feel overshadowed sometimes, that’s too bad and I don’t want to hear her pity party for herself. And one of the reasons why might be in a ‘much better place’ now rather than before might just be because now she is famous and can be known for her own work. But that’s due to Cruise, whether she likes it or not. And my God, now I have to hate her for making me defend Tom Cruise!