Tom Cruise snubbed Oscars invite to ‘avoid run-in with ex Nicole’

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Tom Cruise, 60, snubbed an invite to this year’s Oscars as his ex-wife Nicole Kidman would be there, according to a source. The couple divorced over 20 years ago, but reports at the time claimed it wasn’t on the best of terms.

Tom’s absence from the prestigious awards show was even more surprising as his film Top Gun: Maverick was nominated for six awards.

The former couple split in 2001, reportedly due to her refusal to join him in the Church of Scientology.

A source told “Tom was not there because she was there, and he did not want a run-in.”

However, according to the aforementioned publication, others have said his absence was “not personal” and was nothing more than scheduling difficulties, though they did not reply specifically to the claim that it was connected to Kidman’s presence. has contacted a representative for Tom for comment.

Tom and his ex-wife have not been present at the same Oscars bashes this year and haven’t been seen attending events where they have both been present for years.

Nicole was absent from the Oscars luncheon that was attended by her actor ex-husband last month.

Tom was seen embracing Steven Spielberg during the February 13 luncheon, as the director was heard on a video telling the action star that Maverick had “saved Hollywood’s a**” by bringing audiences back to theatres.

His ex-wife, with whom he shares two children – Connor, 28, and Isabella, 30 – was notably absent from that event.

Nicole and Tom first met when they were cast together in Days of Thunder, a film about motor racing.

She was just 23 at the time and was unknown in Hollywood having grown up in Australia.

However, she quickly shot to fame once the pair became an item.

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After 12 years of marriage, Tom left Nicole, which placed her in “utter shock”.

He filed for divorce that same year, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’

In 2012, Kidman opened up about her painful split from Tom in an interview with DuJour Magazine.

“I thought our life together was perfect. It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to my system,” she said.

“We were in a bubble, just the two of us. We became very dependent on one another. I was reeling with Tom,” she told the outlet.

“I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him… I was totally smitten – I fell madly, passionately in love.”

Looking back, she told the outlet that she was “naïve” to think that Tom was her happily ever after.

She also said that she was “happier” than she’s “ever been”.

“I’m living in a friend’s house in Nice. My two daughters are with me, Sunday Rose, who’s four, and Faith Margaret, who’s two,” Nicole gushed.

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