Nicole Kidman challenges a journalist for a “sexist” question about Tom Cruise

Although Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s marriage ended two decades ago, their relationship still looms large in pop culture — and, frankly, Kidman is over the top.

Talk with the The Guardian about Amazon Studios Be the Ricardos, a dramatic biopic in which she plays late comedy icon Lucille Ball, Kidman called out the reporter for drawing a parallel between the film’s central relationship and her real-life marriage to Cruise.

Be the Ricardos explores the strained romance between Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz (played by Javier Bardem), the i love lucy lovers who finally separated in 1960.

“It’s about a creative, romantic relationship that doesn’t work out. But amazing things come out of it. And I love that. I love that it’s not a happy ending,” Kidman told the selling point. “This movie says you can grow an amazing relationship and leave remnants of it that exist forever. Yeah, it’s really beautiful. You can’t make people behave the way you want them to, and sometimes you’re going to fall in love with someone who’s not going to be the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. And I think that’s all very relevant. You can have kids with them. Maybe not, but they were very much in love.

In response, interviewer Eva Wiseman kindly asked if that was “Kidman’s way of talking about Tom Cruise.”

“Oh, my God, no, no. Absolutely not. No. I mean, it’s been, honestly, so long since it’s been in that equation. So no,” Kidman replied. “And I would ask not to be typecast that way either. It almost seems sexist to me, because I’m not sure anyone would say that to a man. And at some point you say, ‘Give- me my life. Fully fledged.”

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman pose together for a photo in 1992.

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Cruise and Kidman married in 1990 after meeting on the set of thunder days. The couple adopted two children together and eventually separated in 2001.

In 2006 Kidman married Keith Urban, with whom she shares daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.

For BAZAAROn the cover of October 2021, Kidman shared his thoughts on the intense press interest in his personal relationships.

“Maybe I’ve become a bit more worried, but I always try to be as open as possible. I just prefer to live in the world that way,” she says. “I’m suspicious at times and I’ve been hurt, but at the same time I much prefer a warm approach rather than a thorny approach of closure. My husband, Keith, says that when he met me, he m said, “How is your heart? And I apparently replied, ‘Open.’

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