Reese & Nicole’s bust-up
Big Little enemies? The co-stars’ secret feud goes nuclear!
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.”
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