‘They were some of my best friends through that period’: Nicole Kidman turned to Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness for emotional support during divorce from Tom Cruise
The Hollywood actress, who had just wrapped filming on The Hours, turned to the couple for support when Tom, 56, filed divorce papers after 10 years of marriage citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
‘When I got divorced, Hugh and Deb were so much a part of my healing,’ she told The Australian Women’s Weekly on Thursday.
Support: Nicole Kidman, 51, has recalled how Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness helped her overcome her 2001 divorce from Tom Cruise. The trio are pictured with Nicole’s husband Keith Urban (2-R) in 2011
‘They were some of my best friends through that period.’
Like Nicole, Hugh, 50, and Deborra-lee, 63, were among a small group of budding Aussie actors living in Hollywood in the ’80s.
Deborra-lee was the first to meet a then-17-year-old Nicole, who was couch surfing between gigs before being cast in Days of Thunder – where she met Tom Cruise.
Back in the day: Deborra-lee first met a then-17-year-old Nicole (left) in Hollywood, while the actress was couch surfing between gigs before being cast in Days of Thunder – where she met Tom Cruise (right). Pictured in 1991
‘I do remember Tom Cruise ringing the house when she landed the role. Nic was always very cool and took it all in her stride,’ Deborra-lee said.
Nicole later went on to meet the love of her life, Keith Urban, 51, and the couple will mark their 13th wedding anniversary next month.
They share daughters Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, eight.
Grateful: Nicole (left) said Hugh (right) and Deborra-lee supported her. ‘When I got divorced, Hugh and Deb were so much a part of my healing,’ she said. Pictured in 2009
Nicole also shares adopted children, Isabella Cruise, 26, and Connor Cruise, 24, with her ex-husband, Tom.
Nicole previously told Marie Claire that she’s done with babies.
‘I wish I wasn’t but, yes, I’m done with babies,’ she said in 2016.
‘But it’s a great time for us as a family because we’ve got these two glorious children who are five and seven and such a joy to be around!’
‘They were some of my best friends through that period’: Nicole has remained friends with Hugh and Deborra-lee over the years. Pictured in 2013