Nicole Kidman and Connor Cruise: The truth behind rumors they haven’t spoken in years

Nicole Kidman is a doting mother to four children, but many have wondered about the nature of her relationship with her adopted son Connor Cruise for the longest time. The ‘Big Little Lies’ star has not spoken a lot about Connor, 26, and Bella Cruise, 28, her oldest two kids with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

When Kidman, 54, was asked about her oldest children by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in November 2018, she said, “I’m very private about all that. I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is.” Meanwhile, Connor has maintained that despite the media buzz about his “strained” relationship with his mum, the two are are “solid.”

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The ‘Cold Mountain’ actress has, in the past, chimed in on Connor and Bella’s decision to practice Scientology, like their father. Some believed the decision affected their relationship. “They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions,” she told Vanity Fair of her children in 2018. “They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them. 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.”

Tom Cruise (R) and Connor Cruise attend Game Two of the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, rumors that Nicole and Connor didn’t get along were widespread. The ‘Bombshell’ star even confessed how her two oldest kids didn’t refer to her as “Mom” and called her by her name. “My kids don’t call me Mommy, they don’t even call me Mom. They call me Nicole, which I hate, and tell them off for it,” she said. In February, sources told New Idea that the actress was planning a reunion with her kids and that she wanted Connor — who currently lives in Clearwater, Florida — to move to Australia. “She’s never been particularly thrilled about him living there,” the insider said, noting that Connor is constantly under the “watchful eye of Scientology,” which has a strong presence in the area.

Actress Nicole Kidman with her two oldest children Connor (L) and Isabella (R) on December 25, 2004, in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

According to the source, Nicole’s concerns only grew after Florida was plunged into a state of emergency due to a leaking radioactive phosphate fertilizer pond in the Tampa Bay area. “For Nicole, that was the last straw,” an insider told New Idea. “Florida has a bit of a wild reputation, but Connor loves it there and runs a fishing charter and meat-smoking business in the area. However, Nicole doesn’t want him living, swimming, fishing, and eating in a radioactive dump – she’s hoping to convince him to start over and move to Oz.”

Actors Nicole Kidman and husband Tom Cruise arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith airport and introduce their children Connor and Isabella to the media on January 24, 1996, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

The source, who is reportedly close to the Oscar-winning actress, said that she is adamant she can help Connor start a new life in Australia, where she lives with her second husband Keith Urban and their two children Sunday Rose, 12, and Faith Margaret, 10. “It might be a case of wishful thinking, but she knows he would love the beaches and the people, and he could easily continue his hospitality work there,” the source explained, noting how Connor has always considered Australia his “home away from home”. 

Despite the rumors, Connor has asserted that things are just fine between him and his Hollywood megastar mother. “I love my mum. I don’t care what people say. I know that me and Mum are solid. I love her a lot,” he once said. Connor, who is a DJ, and whose father is Tom Cruise (who has shown up to support him at several gigs), has maintained that his family will always be his first concern despite his commitments at work and creating new music. “My family means everything. Yeah, I love my music, but the family comes before everything else,” he added.

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