‘WHY I FOR­GAVE TOM’

NI­COLE’S SHOCK CON­FES­SION

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Top Goss! -

They were mar­ried for 11 years and adopted two chil­dren to­gether, but when it comes to their di­vorce, Ni­cole Kid­man has re­mained fiercely tight-lipped.

The 51-year-old has claimed that her si­lence is be­cause of her 12-year mar­riage to Keith Ur­ban. “Be­ing mar­ried to Tom Cruise at 22 is some­thing I’m al­ways re­luc­tant to talk about, be­cause I’m mar­ried now to the man who is my great love, and it al­most feels dis­re­spect­ful,” she said.

But in a shock reve­la­tion, the Aussie beauty has spo­ken out about her re­la­tion­ship with 56-year-old Tom, say­ing he pro­tected her dur­ing their time as hus­band and wife.

“I got mar­ried very young, but it def­i­nitely wasn’t power for me – it was pro­tec­tion,” she said. “I mar­ried for love, but be­ing mar­ried to an ex­tremely pow­er­ful man kept me from be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed.”

Sources be­lieve that now she’s speak­ing about her re­la­tion­ship with Tom, it’s a sign the Lion star has for­given him.

“Ni­cole spent years re­sent­ing Tom and it’s rare for her to so much as ut­ter his name,” a close source spills to Wo­man’s Day. “This may well be her way of let­ting Tom know that she for­gives him. She’s put the past be­hind her.”

“Speak­ing out about Tom is a form of clo­sure for Ni­cole,” says a source.

The ac­tress says Keith is her “great love”.

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