Date: 6th February 2001
TOM CRUISE and NICOLE KIDMAN have split - claiming their work schedules made it too tough to stay together.
After 10 years together as man and wife, Cruise and Kidman decided today (05FEB01) their marriage was a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and have announced their decision to separate. The showbiz couple met and fell in love in 1990 on the set of their movie DAYS OF THUNDER and married in Telluride, Colorado, on Christmas Eve (24DEC90) of that year.
Three years after their wedding (JAN93) the couple adopted their first child ISABELLA KIDMAN CRUISE, and two years later (FEB95) son CONNOR KIDMAN CRUISE was added to the family. In an attempt to ease the difficulties of keeping a high profile, often long distance relationship together, the couple worked on two joint projects - FAR AND AWAY and EYES WIDE SHUT. They also made a rule that they would work in rotation, so whenever one of them was away on location, the other could accompany them, to keep the family together.
Throughout their relationship, the couple have been plagued by reports their marriage was a sham, and in 1999, they won a court case against a tabloid newspaper that alleged they had sought the help of a sex therapist for their roles in STANLEY KUBRICK's steamy drama Eyes Wide Shut.
A statement put out by their publicist PAT KINGSLEY states, "The couple stressed their great respect for each other both personally and professionally. "Citing the difficulties inherent in divergent careers which constantly keep them apart, they concluded that an amicable separation seemed best for both of them at this time."
This is Cruise's second attempt at marriage. A few months before meeting Kidman he divorced his first wife MIMI ROGERS. They had been together for four years. (SVD/PR/MCM)