With over 63 motion pictures, 182 nominations, 90 award wins, and not to mention countless fashion statements, it’s hard not to be impressed with Nicole Kidman’s accomplishments. But let’s talk about a number the actress might be prouder of: her four children. “The strongest force within me, right now, is the maternal force. I have a really, really, strong marriage. But maternal love brings you to your knees. It’s surfacing in pretty much everything I do.” Nicole says in an interview with Equity Media.
Out of Nicole Kidman’s kids, she has two adopted children from her marriage with Scientology devotee, Tom Cruise: Isabella Jane and her only son, Connor Cruise. She also has biological children, one biological daughter and one daughter through a surrogate with her husband and world-renowned country singer, Keith Urban. These kid’s names are Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
Nicole Kidman’s Adopted Kids with Tom Cruise
During the early part of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman suffered an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage. Deeply traumatised by this, Nicole and Tom decided to adopt. Nicole’s aunt was adopted so she was always open to adoption. She told the Tatler.
“It’s been part of our family, and I knew it would play out somewhere in mine. I didn’t think it would happen so early, but it did.”
Isabella (or Bella) was adopted by Nicole and Tom Cruise in 1992 and her younger brother Connor was adopted in 1995. When the couple split in 2001, the children decided to live with their father and stay devoted to Scientology; a decision respected by Nicole.
Since the divorce, rumours have circulated that Scientology members have worked to estrange her from both children. Nicole received a lot of heat for failing to mention her two oldest kids in recent award speeches. However, regardless of this, Nicole and the two children have always stated that there is nothing but love between them.
Talking about her movie, Lion, Nicole Kidman had this to say in relation to her own adoption experience;
“It doesn’t have to be biological. That’s what I love about this movie, and what I keep trying to say: once the bond is there between a mother and a child, the biological part of it is sort of the least important part. I think when that bond forms, it’s astounding how powerful it is.”
Nicole Kidman’s Biological and Surrogate Daughters with Keith Urban
After marrying Keith Urban in 2006, Nicole Kidman gave birth to a daughter in 2008. This was a miracle for both Nicole and Keith. The culprit? The Kununarra Falls in Western Australia. I mean who would’ve thought? Nicole was filming her movie Australia when the cast decided to go for a dip in the waterfalls. According to Nicole, she wasn’t the only one who got lucky, seven babies were conceived while making the film and now they call it the ‘fertility waters’.
The beautiful baby girl was named Sunday Rose at Nicole’s father’s suggestion to name her after Australian patron of the arts, Sunday Reed. Ironically, prior to getting married, both Nicole and Keith hated Sundays. She said;
“When we were both alone, before we met each other, Sunday was the day we dreaded most, because when you don't have someone in your life Sundays can be really lonely."
But when they got married, they went from hating Sundays to absolutely loving them.
Nicole told Oprah a little after giving birth: “That’s our favourite day because if you’re happy and you’ve got your family around you, then Sunday’s a beautiful day.”
Nicole and Keith have another daughter, Faith Margaret, whom they welcomed through a surrogate. A close friend of Nicole and Keith said that Faith was an obvious name choice for the couple as they “never gave up faith that they would have another child together”. The couple decided to keep the pregnancy a secret to protect their surrogate.
Nicole explained during an interview with 60 Minutes, "She was the most wonderful woman to do this for us. And we were in a place of desperately wanting another child and this opportunity arose for us. And I couldn't get pregnant and we wanted another baby. I get emotional just talking about it cause I'm so grateful to her."
From struggling to conceive to now parenting-how many kids? Four! Nicole Kidman has gone through a motherhood roller coaster. “I think because I've experienced motherhood in so many different ways. I've experienced adoption, birthing a child, and I've experienced surrogacy. I'm like, when it comes to it, I just wanna be a mama.”
And a great mama you are Nicole! We couldn’t be happier to witness your journey.