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Inside Isabella, Connor Cruise's Distant Relationship With Nicole Kidman

USMagazine, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:15am (PDT)
  • Families evolve.

    Isabella Cruise's brief comments about her relationship with mother, Nicole Kidman raised more than a few eyebrows.

    "I love mom. She's my mom. She's great," artist Isabella, 19 told Australia's New Idea magazine of Kidman, 44, who shares Isabella and Connor, 17, with ex-husband Tom Cruise. "I see her sometimes and I speak to her." (The Paperboy actress hasn't been photographed with her older kids in several years.)

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    "Isabella does still speak to Nicole, as does Connor, just not as much as they used to when they were younger and Tom and Nicole were together," an insider explains to Us Weekly; Cruise, 49, and the Oscar-winning actress divorced in 2001.

    "They stay in contact," the source continues. "Nicole is far away and doesn't visit LA often so there's naturally going to be that distance."

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    Married to Keith Urban since 2006, Kidman has daughters Sunday Rose, 3, and Faith Margaret, 17 months, and the foursome spend much of their time in Australia, with Isabella and Connor opting to live in Los Angeles.

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    Cruise married Katie Holmes in 2006 -- the same year the couple welcomed daughter, Suri.

    "Both Isabella and Connor are really close with Kate, much more so than Nicole," the source continues of actress Holmes, 33. "They do see Tom often, whenever he is in town."

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