Nicole Kidman has opened up about her ‘very private’ relationship with her two eldest children from her marriage to Tom Cruise.
In a rare conversation about her adopted kids, Bella, 25, and Connor, 23, the actress discussed how she deals with their commitment to the Church of Scientology when she herself doesn’t believe in it.
“They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions,” she told Who magazine.
Nicole’s struggles with Scientology
But the mum-of-four — who shares two daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret with hubby Keith Urban — went on to describe that it’s her duty as a mum to love them no matter what.
“They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them,” she said.
“And 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.”
Over the years, the 51-year-old has remained notoriously tight-lipped about the difficulties she’s faced since separating from Tom — a devout Scientologist — after 11 years of marriage in 2001.
Choosing family versus faith
Fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton, who worked with Nic in her current movie Boy Erased, alongside Russell Crowe, spoke about the battle in a chat with Yahoo Lifestyle just last week.
“Nicole has her own connection with religion and faith,” he explained in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle.
“If you know Nicole well enough, you know a bit about her history and choosing family versus faith and various things that connect her with this story.”
Nicole has never spoken publicly about Bella and Connor’s faith before, making this rare comment on the cult-like religion even more remarkable.
It was a documentary in 2015 that delved into the hidden life of Scientology that first suggested the religion was behind the wedge between the Big Little Lies star and her older kids.
Got a story tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or sign up to our daily newsletter here.