We all know and love award-winning actress, Nicole Kidman. And while it feels like ages ago, we all know about her marriage to Tom Cruise. A lot of people wonder what Kidman’s relationship with their daughter, Bella Cruise, is like these days. Learn more about Bella and whether or not she and Kidman are on speaking terms.
Bella Cruise Was Adopted By Tom Cruise And Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise met on the set of their 1989 film, Days of Thunder. They married just over a year later.
Cruise is famously one of the highest-ranking members of the Church of Scientology, so it’s no surprise that Kidman got involved with the religion during their relationship. In fact, Kidman took Scientology very seriously. “She was really dedicated,” said Tony Ortega, the world’s leading Scientology journalist. ”She was doing Scientology pretty much full-time for two straight years.”
Kidman wanted as soon as they tied the knot, but she suffered an ectopic pregnancy, resulting in a devastating miscarriage. In the wake of this trauma, Kidman and Cruise decided to adopt in order to expand their family.
As a result, Kidman and Cruise chose to adopt their two children, Isabella “Bella” Jane (who was born in 1992) and Connor Anthony (who was born in 1995).
Despite her initial commitment to the Church, Kidman began to have doubts about Scientology after adopting Bella and Connor. She began distancing herself from the Church (and its leader, David Miscavige) and eventually left Scientology in 1992.
Kidman And Cruise Divorced In 2001
Desperate to keep Cruise as Scientology’s most famous ambassador and away from Kidman’s influence, the Church set out to break up Cruise and Kidman.
Former Inspector General of Scientology’s Religious Technology Center Marty Rathbun claimed that he was responsible for facilitating their divorce by increasing the number of audits on Cruise and hiring private investigators to spy on Kidman.
“Tom wanted to know exactly who she was talking to, and so he wanted to tap her phone,” Rathbun said in the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. “And so I arranged through Scientology’s consigliere to get a private investigator who physically installed a wiretap on her phone.”
The Church’s plan worked and Cruise filed for divorce in 2001, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Following their split, Cruise was granted custody of Bella and Connor.
Are Bella And Nicole On Speaking Terms?
Kidman’s relationship with Bella and Connor has been rocky since her divorce from Cruise—and the Church of Scientology is a big reason why. After the divorce, the Church worked to turn Bella and her brother against their mother by labeling Kidman as a “Suppressive Person.” A Suppressive Person (or SP) is someone whose “suppressive” acts undermine the progress and faith of Scientologists. Once someone is labeled an SP, Scientologists are instructed not to associate with them.
Naturally, this drove a serious wedge between Kidman and her children with Cruise. In Leah Remini’s book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, she recalled asking Bella if she had seen her mom recently. “Not if I have a choice,” Bella replied. “Our mom is a f*cking SP.”
Now, as an adult, Bella is a fully committed member of the Church of Scientology. She was even featured in a Scientology newsletter in 2019 where she shared a testimonial about her experiences while training to be an auditor for the Church.
“We all need to do this,” she wrote (via Page Six). “It’s hard work. It’s a lot of effort. … This is a gift to yourself and so many others. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be an auditor or aren’t going to join staff. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. That’s the truth.”
Kidman certainly has different views than her older children, however, she recognizes that they are individuals who are allowed to make their own decisions. In a rare statement about Bella and Connor, she told WHO, “They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”
And while it doesn’t seem like the mother and daughter are super close, Bella does follow Kidman on Instagram and likes her posts from time to time.