Nicole Kidman Says Tom Cruise Wasn't Her "Great Love": Is That a Dig, or Just Honesty?

The actress compares that broken marriage to her happy relationship with her current husband, Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman says she has something with Keith Urban that she never had with Tom Cruise: a "great love." In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Kidman compares country star Urban to her movie star ex-husband, and says there is basically no comparison.

"I was so young," says Kidman of her 1990 marriage to Cruise, when she was 23. "And you know what, with no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I've met my great love now. And I really did not know if that was going to happen. ... I had a lot of time alone, which was really, really good, because I was a child, really, when I got married. And I needed to grow up."

Kidman is definitely becoming less charitable toward Cruise as the years go by. Is it because public opinion turned on Tom, so she finally feels free to speak her mind? Is it because her children with Cruise (Connor, 18, and Isabella, 20) are now old enough to handle it? Maybe she's trying to get some long-awaited revenge against Tom for blindsiding her with divorce papers after 10 years of marriage.

Or maybe her supposedly amazing romance with Urban has simply put the past into focus. Looking back on her marriage to Cruise, Nicole tells Vanity Fair, it was like she and Tom existed in their own unreal world.

"There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you. And there is only one other person that’s going through it," Kidman explains. "So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic."

The only people who could possibly relate, she believes, are current Hollywood uber-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

"I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that -- because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you," says Kidman.

It seems that Nicole's moment of extreme fame in the '90s was enough to last her a lifetime. The Australian-born actress now lives in Nashville with Keith and their two children, Sunday, 5, and Faith, 2.

"I didn’t find what I was looking for in fame," she says. "So I went, okay, this is not for me. And it was such a blessing that I found somebody who said, 'Well, are you willing to move to Tennessee?' And I was 'Oh, am I willing to move!'"

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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