In an interview with New York Magazine for its Women and Power series, the actress, 51, revealed why she doesn’t like to talk about their 11-year marriage.
“Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about, because I’m married now to the man who is my great love, and it almost feels disrespectful,” Kidman said of her husband Keith Urban.
“That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection,” she continued. “I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up.”
The Oscar-winning actress married Urban, 50, in 2006. The couple shares two daughters: Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 7. She also has two children with Cruise: daughter Isabella Jane, 25, and son Connor, 23.