Celebrity Families

Nicole Kidman shares rare revelation on her adopted children and controversial parenting method

The Aussie starlet rarely speaks about her two children with Tom Cruise, but a rare new interview has prompted Nicole to open up.

By Jess Pullar
When you think of Nicole Kidman's impressive list of accolades (including an Oscar, might we add), you tend to forget that the blonde starlet has another very important role - as a mother.
And it's not surprising - the 51-year-old rarely speaks about her two children she shares with husband Keith Urban, let alone her two elder adopted kids she shares with Tom Cruise.
But now, in a revealing new interview, the mum-of-four has opened up about all four of them, and what she had to say might surprise you.
In an exclusive new chat with Vanity Fair, the blonde mum discussed her quiet family life she enjoys in Nashville with Keith and her two daughters Sunday, 10 and Faith, eight.
And while her older children to Tom Cruise, Bella, 26 and Connor, 24 live separately to their mother, it sounds as though she's still just as involved in their lives.
Conner, who lives in Miami, works in music, Kidman reveals.
Meanwhile, Bella is married and has recently launched her own self-titled T-shirt line called BKC (standing for Bella Kidman Cruise) - and she also lives a little further from Nicole than we're sure she'd like.
"Bella lives just outside London. You know, she really feels more English," she explained to the publication.
Elaborating that Bella and Connor lived there during the filming of some of their famous parents' biggest roles, including Eyes Wide Shut and Mission Impossible.
'"They both had English accents when they were little," the actress said.
Connor and Bella live separately to their mum, but it seems they're still close. (Image: Instagram/theconnorcruise)

Nicole Kidman's parenting methods

During the candid interview, Nicole also opened up on some of her less-than conventional parenting methods (for a 21st century mum, at least).
Speaking about Sunday and Faith, the Aussie actress revealed that she doesn't let either of them have a mobile phone, nor allow them to use the popular social networking platform Instagram.
"I try to keep some sort of boundaries," she explained, noting that the choice might make her "unpopular".
But she doesn't seem to mind - Nicole keeps her young daughters close-by, despite a hectic schedule of filming.
The red-headed actress explained that she keeps them with her "as often as possible" even when she's working - whether that be flying home constantly between shoots, or taking them with her.
Nicole's two daughters aren't allowed to use Instagram, with Nicole taking a refreshing approach to parenting. (Image: Instagram/KeithUrban)
In fact, Nicole's two youngest have recently had a taste of stardom themselves after it was revealed they were appearing as extras in Nicole's latest television project being filmed in New York.
While shooting was underway for Kidman's new HBO series, The Undoing, her two young daughters were spotted running around on the Manhattan set, wearing school uniforms for their role.
Sunday Rose was in character on the NYC set. (Image: Mega)
Meanwhile younger sister Faith Margaret looked just like her mum! (Image: Mega)
And with stardom comes many a red carpet - which is exactly what Sunday and Faith have also experienced.
In September 2018, Nicole took her entire family along to a film premiering at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.
Nicole's special list of plus-ones included Keith Urban, her two youngest daughters, and none other than the two family cats - named Queen and Snow.
Deadline film scribe Pete Hammond was taken aback at the interesting choice of guests, writing: "With husband Keith Urban, their kids, and even their two cats Queen Snow and Ginger along for the trip, she came to play."

Nicole talks about her family and early life

In the interview with Vanity Fair, Nicole also opened up on her early life, explaining that she was raised by intellectuals.
Her mother Janelle was a nursing instructor in Sydney, while her dad, Antony was a biochemist, clinical psychologist, and author.
She said she and younger sister Antonia were often prompted to speak about politics and philosophy each night at dinner.
"My mom always told us to 'get a cause!' " Kidman explained.
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And despite flying all over the world on a hectic schedule, Nicole still manages to spend time with her family as a whole at least twice a year by coming back to Australia.
While she's back home, she also makes a point to further her charity work and involvement with Sydney Children's Hospital, where she buys Christmas presents every year for staff members and patients.
Head of communications at the hospital, Vanessa Johnston, told Vanity Fair: "On a recent visit, I witnessed her steal a moment with Keith, where they both shed a tear before continuing."