Nicole Kidman is usually tight-lipped about her relationship with ex-husband Tom Cruise and the two children them adopted together. But the Oscar winner spoke to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (they run the Golden Globes), and was unusually candid about the struggles she faces.
Cruise is one of the world’s most famous Scientologists, of course, and their two children—Bella, 25, and Connor, 23—practice the religion as well. Kidman does not.
"I’m very private about all that," Kidman, 51, said about her kids, as reported by Australia’s Who Magazine. "I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150% that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is."
She continued, "They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them."
Bella lives in London with her husband Max Parker, whom she wed in 2015. Neither parent attended the nuptials. Connor, meanwhile, lives in Florida, near the Clearwater headquarters of Scientology and one of Cruise’s many homes.
While she didn’t get into specifics, reading between the lines, there has been significant trauma and disrpution between mother and children.
"I am an example of that tolerance and that’s what I believe – that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I’m open here," she said. "I think that’s so important because if that is taken away from a child, to sever that in any child, in any relationship, in any family – I believe it’s wrong. So that’s our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love."
Kidman also has two daughters — Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 7 — with husband Keith Urban.