Reese & Ni­cole’s bust-up

Big Lit­tle en­e­mies? The co-stars’ se­cret feud goes nu­clear!

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Keith Ur­ban wel­comed two spe­cial guests back­stage at his Au­gust 24 con­cert in Nashville – his wife Ni­cole Kid­man and her Big Lit­tle Lies co-star Reese Wither­spoon. Reese even shared a photo of the trio – all flash­ing big smiles – on her In­sta­gram.

“Last night in #nashville,” she cap­tioned the happy snap. “Hang­ing with my friends.”

But the cosy scene quickly turned sour. “Ni­cole and Reese got into an ar­gu­ment,” an in­sider tells In Touch mag. “A neg­a­tive text about Ni­cole from an­other ac­tress on Big Lit­tle Lies popped up on Reese’s phone, and Ni­cole saw it!”

The tim­ing couldn’t have been worse. Yep, Reese, 42, and Ni­cole, 51, had only just forged a frag­ile truce after Ni­cole de­cided to team up with Reese’s for­mer pro­duc­ing part­ner for a new project – with­out Reese! (See right.)

“All the progress they had made came un­done,” re­veals the source. “The feud ex­ploded.”

Bestie be­trayal

Ni­cole was an­gry, and she def­i­nitely let Reese know it.

“Ni­cole felt like she was back in school with the mean girls,” says the source.

Then Reese – who in­sisted her ef­forts to re­pair their friend­ship in re­cent weeks were gen­uine – started to get riled up.

“She told Ni­cole she shouldn’t have been read­ing her mes­sages,” con­tin­ues the source. “Reese was also up­set that Ni­cole would jump to the con­clu­sion that what this per­son said in the text is how Reese also feels.”

Ac­cord­ing to In Touch, Ni­cole knows how hurt Reese felt over her de­ci­sion to join forces with Reese’s pro­duc­ing part­ner Bruna Pa­pan­drea.

In­deed, in late July, Reese dis­cov­ered that Ni­cole and Bruna teamed up to se­cure the film and TV rights to Big Lit­tle Lies au­thor Liane Mo­ri­arty’s new book Nine Per­fect Strangers.

They didn’t in­volve Reese, who was largely re­spon­si­ble for not only get­ting the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Big Lit­tle Lies on HBO, but for cham­pi­oning Ni­cole’s work in the project, which earned the Aussie ac­tress a Golden Globe, a Screen Ac­tors Guild Award and two Em­mys – one for act­ing and one for pro­duc­ing.

“Reese felt to­tally blind­sided,” an in­sider told In Touch of the beef at the time – just like Ni­cole felt when she saw the un­flat­ter­ing text back­stage at Keith’s con­cert.

“Try as they might, these two women can’t seem to forge a solid friend­ship,” ex­plains the source.

The pair wrapped Big Lit­tle Lies’ sec­ond sea­son last month and now face hav­ing to pro­mote the se­ries to­gether.

“That’s go­ing to be very awk­ward,” adds the source. “I wouldn’t be sur­prised if you see them pro­mot­ing the show sep­a­rately. Too much has hap­pened for them to come to­gether and act like they’re su­per close. The love­fest is over.” ■

Dur­ing their fight Ni­cole ap­par­ently told Reese it’s ‘clear where her loy­al­ties lie’, says a source

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