Kidman stands by her husband's side as he checks into a rehab for alcohol abuse. "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me," Urban says in a statement. "One can never let one's guard down in recovery, and I'm afraid that I have." Kidman visits Urban in rehab. The two are reunited when he is released from rehab in January.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kidman recounts her attempts to bear a child with Tom Cruise and the loneliness she felt when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 2003: "It felt big. It felt lonely and big. You're in a hotel and you're like, okay well, I'm sitting in this big suite with an Oscar, and I still don't have a life. What is wrong with me? It hit home that I needed to get a life. Who do I jump on the bed with, and celebrate with, and order pancakes with?"
After years of struggling to have a baby, Kidman gives birth to her and Urban's first child together, a daughter they name Sunday Rose. "We feel immensely blessed and grateful to be given this beautiful baby girl," the couple says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. "She's an absolute delight."
In director Rob Marshall's dazzling all-star showdown, Nine, Kidman returns to her movie-musical ways, as leading man Daniel Day-Lewis' movie star muse. "I was not looking to go back to work. I went back to work because this was ... the perfect kind of scenario," she says of the film – which also stars Kate Hudson, Penélope Cruz and Fergie.
Kidman earns a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a grieving mother mourning the loss of her young son in Rabbit Hole, which she also produces. "This is a passion project for Nicole," Aaron Eckhart, who plays Kidman's husband, tells the New York Times. "The reason why I'm in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then that's what happens."
Kidman and Urban welcome their second daughter together, Faith Margaret, via surrogate. "Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the couple says in a statement. "No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."
Kidman stars in the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn as Martha Gellhorn, a fearless World War II journalist and third wife of Ernest Hemingway, played by Clive Owen. The movie highlights the romantic yet tumultuous relationship between the novelist and his publicly revered lover. "Her main thrust as a woman was not as a mother or a wife," the actress tells USA Today. "It was as a career woman, a journalist and a war correspondent, and I think that was important for her,that she was recognized as that. We need women like that in the world."
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