For 10 years, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were one of Hollywood’s top couples. On the surface, both of them were successful actors, a happy couple, and devoted parents to their 2 children. But behind closed doors, the couple had their share of troubles that ultimately led to a divorce. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 things you may not know about Tom and Nicole’s relationship – from its happy beginning to its bitter end.
10. How They Met
Nicole and Tom met around 1989 when they worked on the racing film Days of Thunder. Tom was 28 at the time, and Nicole was 23. Nicole was in the beginning stages of her acting career in the United States, and had been approached about a role in the Jerry Bruckheimer film. Speaking about her excitement, Nicole told Vanity Fair, “I thought, Wow! This is America! Tom Cruise wants to meet me. He made Top Gun and Cocktail—the films I grew up watching.” The two had an instant connection. “He basically swept me off my feet,” Nicole stated. “I fell madly, passionately in love. And as happens when you fall in love, my whole plan in terms of what I wanted for my life—I was like, ‘Forget it. This is it.’ I was consumed by it, willingly.”