Connor Cruise dispelled any rumors about acrimony in his relationship with mother Nicole Kidman, professing his love and loyalty for her in the new edition of Australia‘s Woman’s Day.
“I love my mom — I don’t care what people say. I know that me and mom are solid. I love her a lot. My family means everything.” Tom Cruise‘s 19-year-old DJ son said while he loves his music, “the family comes before everything else.”
The supposed strain in the relationship between Kidman and her son has previously been characterized in reports as partly based on his belief in Scientology, though Kidman downplays the issue.
Kidman, asked about Scientology last year, made mention that two of her kids (Connor and sister Isabella) are of the faith, and she’s fine with that. “I utterly respects their beliefs.” Connor was adopted by Kidman and Cruise in 1995, two years after they adopted his sister Isabella.
In 2007, Nicole said her adopted children had even stopped calling her 'Mom', sparking rumors their relationship was strained. 'My kids don't call me mommy, they don't even call me mom. They call me Nicole, which I hate and tell them off for it,' she said.
Those rumours were fuelled further three years later, when she spoke publicly about the children - who are both committed Scientologists along with their father - choosing to live with Cruise. Kidman has previously insisted she does keep in contact with Connor and Isabella, despite them choosing to live with Cruise when they split. 'They live with Tom, which was their choice,' she said. 'I'd love them to live with us, but what can you do?' She added to E! News: 'Everybody has their own path and when they find their path it’s such a relief as a parent.'
Kidman now lives predominantly in Nashville, Tennessee, with her second husband Keith Urban. The couple have two children together - Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. Cruise also has another child, Suri, whom he had while married to his now ex-wife Katie Holmes.