Around the time Cruise separated from Rogers, he met Kidman in 1989 while filming the movie “Days of Thunder.” The two hit it off right away, with Cruise later revealing (via Newsweek), “My first reaction to meeting Nic was pure lust . . . It was totally physical.” The pair wed just months after meeting in December 1990 in a private ceremony held in Colorado, according to Entertainment Weekly.
After starring in the 1992 film “Far and Away,” the couple adopted a baby girl, Bella Kidman Cruise, shortly after she was born on Dec. 22, 1992, per People. Bella’s adoption came after Kidman had a pregnancy loss, which Kidman opened up about in a 2007 interview with Vanity Fair. “From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies . . . And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that’s when we would adopt [our daughter] Bella,” she said (via People). Three years later, Kidman and Cruise adopted their second child, a boy named Connor Kidman Cruise, after his birth on Jan. 17, 1995.
For the majority of the ’90s, the two were one of Hollywood’s greatest power couples. They would collaborate on screen again in 1999 and star as lovers in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” together, but their marriage deteriorated not long after. In February 2001, the couple announced their separation. The divorce filing cited “difficulties inherent in divergent careers” as the cause for the relationship’s end, per Entertainment Weekly, though many speculated the split to be partially attributed to the pair’s differences in religious beliefs. “Scientology had NOTHING to do with this,” Pat Kingsley, the couple’s former representative, assured at the time.