Nicole Kidman refuses to speak about Tom Cruise 'out of respect' for husband Keith Urban

Kidman and Cruise were known as one of the most high-profile power couples of the 1990s in Hollywood when they fell for each other on the set of their film 'Days of Thunder'

Nicole Kidman refuses to speak about Tom Cruise 'out of respect' for husband Keith Urban

Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman was married to Golden Globe winner Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001. The 51-year-old actress has now finally revealed why she stopped talking about her Scientologist ex-husband. In an interview with Observer Magazine, the Australian star said that the decision to stop talking about him was made out of "respect" for her current husband, 51-year-old Keith Urban.

While she was out promoting her new film 'Boy Erased', Kidman was asked by an interviewer about any similarities in her relationships with the singer, Urban, and the film star, Cruise. She explained that it was her personal choice to stop talking about the 'Top Gun' actor because, to put it simply, that time in her life is long gone.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman arrive at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA. Cruise and Kidman, one of the Hollywood's best-known couples, announced February 5, 2001, that they are separating after more than a decade of marriage (Source: Dan Callister/Newsmakers)
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman arrive at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA. Cruise and Kidman, one of the Hollywood's best-known couples, announced February 5, 2001, that they are separating after more than a decade of marriage (Source: Dan Callister/Newsmakers)

She told the publication in the interview: "I have a husband now. I feel out of respect for him I don't want to talk about that. It's been 20 years. I have come to the point where I can say: 'I am not going to keep discussing my ex'. It's nice for me to be able to say that."

Kidman and Cruise were known as one of the most high-profile power couples of the 1990s in Hollywood when they fell for each other on the set of their film 'Days of Thunder'. The former couple have two adopted children, 23-year-old Connor and 25-year-old Bella. The two of them, however, have had little to no public contact ever since their shocking split in 2001.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive for the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards 2018 at The Star on November 28, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. (Source: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive for the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards 2018 at The Star on November 28, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. (Source: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Kidman has not spoken about her ex-husband or their relationship since they split and she even said in an interview in October that she was "reluctant" to speak about him. She said: "Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I'm always reluctant to talk about, because I'm married now to the man who is my great love, and it almost feels disrespectful."

Earlier in November, Kidman spoke about the famous pairing for the first time since the split in the wake of the #MeToo movement. She told WHO magazine that she was married to Cruise so that she could avoid being sexually harassed. She said: "I don't know why the culture is set up like that and we aren't just protected anyway, but it's interesting that the power of another man gives you respect."

In a recent interview that she had with The Today Show in the United States, Kidman said that her previous marriage gave her a lifestyle that was able to keep her away from sexual predators in the industry. She said: "Because I was married at 23 years old, I wasn't going to parties or I wasn't going out a lot. I was pretty much at home. I had my first child at 25 and I was a married, I was in a family. So my sense of being in the world was I was working, or I was at home."