Kerri-Anne Kennerley is convinced that filming 'Eyes Wide Shut' is what "clearly broke down" Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's marriage

She believes that since shortly after the film the two divorced, it had to something with the overanalysis they were subjected to by director Stanley Kubrick.


                            Kerri-Anne Kennerley is convinced that filming 'Eyes Wide Shut' is what "clearly broke down" Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's marriage

Before their extremely public split in 2001, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were very much Hollywood's 'it' couple at the time. But now, a new theory has presented itself, which claims that the couple's marriage broke down after they starred together in a movie.

According to the Daily Mail, Australian media doyenne Kerri-Anne Kennerley has come up with her own, very convincing theory about why the 'it' couple separated after being in love for so long. As per the 64-year-old, Cruise and Kidman were literally forced into overthinking their relationship when they were shooting for their film 'Eyes Wide Shut' together.

Actor Tom Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman embrace each other at the Sydney premiere of 'Mission Impossible 2' May 30, 2000 at Fox Studios in Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/Liaison)
Actor Tom Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman embrace each other at the Sydney premiere of 'Mission Impossible 2' May 30, 2000 at Fox Studios in Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/Liaison)

"If you like someone, you're in love, you have a good time...don't overanalyze it," Kerri-Anne said. "I still think that Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman spending 18 months being pschyo-analysed by (director Stanley) Kubrick -  I reckon that was the undoing of their marriage."

The television personality also claims that the fact that the couple was spending so much time and energy scrutinizing their relationship dynamic ended up in them overseeing their downfall since the activity clearly "broke them down." "Everyday they were shooting that and (Kubrick) was a bit of a terror for that sort of stuff so I reckon they over-analyzed," she theorized. "If you remember, it wasn't too long after that that they divorced."

Dr. William Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) in Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut.' (Photo by Warner Bros)
Dr. William Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) in Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut.' (Photo by Warner Bros)

The movie 'Eyes Wide Shut' released in 1999, and soon after, Kidman and Cruise filed for divorce, which got finalized in 2001. After their split, Cruise went on to marry Katie Holmes, and later got divorced from her as well. On the other hand, Kidman married country musician Keith Urban, who she is still married to.

Kidman is a happy and proud mother of her four kids, Connor Cruise, Isabella Jane Cruise, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, and Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, but the mom of four, in the past, has opened up about the massive grief she had to go through when she miscarried twice while being married to Cruise. 

Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

As previously reported, the 'Big Little Lies' actress revealed that she felt grief taking over her when she miscarried at the age of 23 due to an ectopic pregnancy, a condition in which the embryo begins developing in the fallopian tube rather than in the womb. "There’s a huge, aching yearning. I know the yearning," she opened up in her interview. “And the loss! The loss of a miscarriage is not talked about enough. That’s massive grief to women.” And even though she tried to conceive for a second time, she lost her child again when the couple had been filing for divorce in 2001.  The pair welcomed Isabella Jane (born in 1992) and Connor Anthony (born in 1995) to their family.

Given the fact that Cruise is single now, and has been for quite a while, there have been multiple rumors about him dating either some movie co-star or another colleague from the same industry. Recently, Cruise was linked to 'The Crown' actress Vanessa Kirby since the duo were working on the next installment of the 'Mission Impossible' franchise.

While chatting with a publication about the Tom Cruise rumors, she said, "Well, you know what, I don’t know where [the rumors] came out but I had met him once in a room full of people. And I was like, ‘Oh well, I move fast.’ And they were reporting that we were dating and that I was lining up to be wife number four."

Rumors of the two stars dating started last year when Kirby and Cruise were shooting for the new 'Mission Possible' movie together, where she played the role of his love interest. (Source: Getty Images)
Rumors of the two stars dating started last year when Kirby and Cruise were shooting for the new 'Mission Possible' movie together, where she played the role of his love interest. (Source: Getty Images)

However, the actress revealed later that she found the baseless rumors almost ridiculous and impossible to believe. Kirby added, "Neither of us talked about it, but I just felt embarrassed that you would even think that that’s…it was just embarrassing, most of all for him probably."

Kirby further revealed during her conversation with the publication that although her and Cruise never spoke openly about the rumors circulating around their relationship at the time, it did make working together just a tad bit awkward for both of them. She said, "We were filming on the riverbank in Paris and we had to kiss and the paparazzi were there taking photographs."

In another instance, it was reported that ex-Scientologist Brendan Tighe made claims in the media that Scarlet Johansson had auditioned to date Tom Cruise following his split up with Nicole Kidman. Tighe revealed that while serving as a member of the church, and Tom Cruise's Scientology security unit, he came across reports of women who wanted to audition to be in a relationship with him immediately after he split with Nicole Kidman.

He mentioned that he came across the names of two famous Hollywood personalities in the list- Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christensen - after the reports were accidentally sent to his printer. "Purely by accident, a bunch of reports kept coming to my printer by mistake. Tommy Davis, who was previously Tom Cruise's personal handler he would get interviews to make sure he would get stay on the level of, you know, hailing Tom Cruise properly and anything that he would say would be written down as reports. A lot of it was about those interviews."

He further mentioned, "It [the report] just simply said that it didn't go well and that another actress, Erika Christensen [who was friends with Johansson], had to disconnect from Scarlett Johansson because that didn't go well."

However, this did not go down too well with Johansson, who later issued a statement refuting all the claims made by the former Scientologist. She said, "The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that."

Actor Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
Actor Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)