Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban leave Los Angeles aboard a private jet
Nicole Kidman leaves LA on a private jet just hours after it emerged her ex-husband Tom Cruise refused to attend the Oscars ‘to avoid an awkward run-in’ with her
Nicole Kidman consigned her latest Oscars appearance to history as she prepared to leave Los Angeles on Monday, amid claims her ex-husband Tom Cruise boycotted the ceremony because she was attending.
The Australian actress dressed down in a pink T-shirt and loose fitting white jeans while boarding a private jet with country star Keith Urban – her second husband.
The couple were accompanied by a pilot as they ferried their belongings from the rear of a car and into the plane’s fuselage before finally climbing onboard.
Less than 24-hours earlier, Kidman, 55, was putting in a rather more glamorous appearance at LA venue Dolby Theatre, where she joined a star-studded guest list at the 95th annual Academy Awards.
With a team of assistants awkwardly looking on from the sidelines, the actress was seen sharing a prolonged red carpet kiss with Urban, 55, while posing for photographers outside the venue.
She’s off: Nicole Kidman consigned her latest Oscars appearance to history as she prepared to leave Los Angeles aboard a private jet on Monday
In good company: Nicole was joined by country star Keith Urban – her second husband
Smitten: Less than 24-hours earlier Kidman and Urban were putting in a rather more glamorous appearance at the 95th annual Academy Awards
But her very obvious attendance was overshadowed by the surprising absence of Cruise, Kidman’s ex-husband and Hollywood golden boy after ‘saving the industry’ with the release of runaway success Top Gun: Maverick.
Cruise’s movie – a sequel to the 1987 box office hit Top Gun – was nominated for six awards, including the coveted Best Picture Award.
But insiders said the actor was not at the ceremony due to his ex-wife being there – following their bitter divorce over 20 years ago.
Cruise and Kidman split in 2001, reportedly due to her refusal to join him in the Church of Scientology.
A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Tom was not there because she was there, and he did not want a run-in.’
Helping hand: The couple were accompanied by a pilot as they ferried their belongings from the rear of a car and into the plane’s fuselage before finally climbing onboard
Don’t mind me: But Urban was hard to miss as he idled behind the wheel of their car on Monday
Let’s go: A casually dressed Kidman was seen boarding the plane of their departure from LA
However, sources close to Cruise claimed his absence was ‘not personal’ and was nothing more than scheduling difficulties, though they did not reply specifically to the claim that it was connected to Kidman’s presence.
Kidman – who walked Oscars red carpet with her country singer husband before packing on serious PDA during the show – was notably absent from an Oscars luncheon that was attended by her Scientologist ex last month.
Cruise was seen embracing Steven Spielberg during the February 13 luncheon, as the director was heard on video telling he action star that Maverick had ‘saved Hollywood’s a**’ by bringing audiences back to theaters.
His ex-wife, with whom he shares two children – Connor, 28, and Isabella, 30 – was notably absent from that event.
Close: The actress shared a prolonged red carpet kiss with Urban at the Oscars on Sunday
Happier times: Cruise and Kidman (pictured in 1992) divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage amid rumours his commitment his Scientology drove a wedge between them
Oscar winners 2023: AT A GLANCE
Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actor: Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Sarah Polley – Women Talking
Best Animated Feature Film: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Best International Feature Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
Best Documentary Feature: Navalny
Best Film Editing: Paul Rogers – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Music (Original Song): “Naatu Naatu” from RRR
Best Sound: Top Gun: Maverick
Best Visual Effects: Avatar: The Way of Water
Kidman met Cruise in 1990 when the two were cast together in Days of Thunder, a film about motor-racing.
She was 23 at the time and, coming from Australia, was unknown in Hollywood. That all changed when the stars sparked a real-life romance during the filming.
After 12 years of marriage, Cruise walked out on his wife in 2001, leaving her in a state of ‘utter shock.’ He filed for divorce that same year, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’
According to reports, the real reason for him abandoning her was due to her refusal to join the Church of Scientology.
In 2012, Kidman opened up about her painful split from Cruise in an interview with DuJour Magazine.
Success: Top Gun: Maverick centered around Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell thirty years after the original film. In the flick, he was forced to deal with ghosts from his past
Epic ending: A photographer captured this photo of Nicole leaving her attorney’s office when her divorce from Tom was finalized in 2001
‘I thought our life together was perfect. It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system,’ she said.
‘We were in a bubble, just the two of us. We became very dependent on one another. I was reeling with Tom,’ she told the outlet. ‘I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him…. I was totally smitten – I fell madly, passionately in love.’
Looking back, she told the outlet that she was ‘naïve’ to think that Cruise was her happily ever after. She also said that she was ‘happier’ that she’s ‘ever been.’
‘I’m living in a friend’s house in Nice. My two daughters are with me, Sunday Rose, who’s four, and Faith Margaret, who’s two,’ Kidman gushed.
Kidman and Cruise have not had any interaction in over a decade.
Previously: Kidman was notably absent from an Oscars luncheon that was attended by her Scientologist ex last month (pictured: Tom Cruise at the Los Angeles event)
Although Cruise was not in attendance at the 2023 Oscars, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was set to accept the award if Maverick won the award for Best Picture.
The movie starring Cruise was nominated for Best Picture along with Elvis, Avatar: The Way of Water, All Quiet on The Western Front and The Fabelmans. Everything, Everywhere All at Once won in the category.
Cruise was not nominated for his performance in the film. Austin Butler was nominated for his role in Elvis, as well as Bill Nighy for Living. Brendan Fraser won for his incredible performance in the film Whale.
Maverick was also nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects and Music (Original Song). The only award that the film garnered was for Sound.
Kidman was nominated for five Academy Awards in the Best Actress category and, in 2002, seized the coveted golden trophy for her amazing portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
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