Like most celebrities, you’ve probably heard a lot about Nicole Kidman’s personal life.
From interviews she’s given about her divorce from Tom Cruise to her love for the two children she adopted with him and her hubby Keith Urban’s battle with alcohol addiction.
But like many of us, it seems there’s only so much Nicole wants to talk about her personal life.
During an interview on BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour, Nicole was speaking about her new film Lion when the questions began to turn towards her personal life.
Nicole started talking about her adopted children with host Jenni Murray.
“When you receive any sort of [adoption] counselling, which they give you, the conversation is always about: Being adopted isn’t a word you don’t use; you use it all the time so there’s no big drama attached to ‘suddenly discovering’ you’re adopted. That’s what I was counselled to do. But you love the biological parent from the minute you hold their child — there’s love, enormous love,” she said.
But then Murray asked her about reports that she had “strained relationships” with her two adoptive children, now adults.
“I don’t discuss any of it. I don’t discuss any of my children in terms of their privacy,” Nicole said.
“All I say is there’s unconditional love, and it’s that simple.”
The radio host then asked Nicole what she meant in past interviews when she said some of her greatest work came during great personal pain.
“Well I just… I need to shut my mouth,” Nicole responded.
“I’m reluctant to emphasise it, it’s just the path of life.”
The topic then turned to her divorce with Tom Cruise, before Murray asked about Keith Urban’s alcohol struggle.
“How do you support someone who’s struggling with alcohol in the way that he did?” Murray asked.
And that’s when Nicole seemed to have had enough.
“God, you guys are personal,” she said.
“I mean… that’s for him to talk about.
“He’s always said that I can talk about it publicly, and I think our marriage in an example of working through it with an outcome where you can be together and he’s sober and very happy.”
But it didn’t end there.
Murray then asked Nicole how much a partner has to stand back and leave it to the person.
“Well that’s a whole, we could do a whole program on that,” Nicole responded.
“I’m very much involved in supporting and loving [him], but it’s not something I can put into a catch phrase, other than: I don’t believe you can save a person. They can save themselves.”