NICOLE Kidman has opened up about her marriage to Tom Cruise.
The actress, speaking in the December issue of Vanity Fair, dished on the intense level of fame and media scrutiny she and Tom endured together.
“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,” says Kidman.
Tom and Nicole split in 2001 after 11 years of marriage and two adopted kids together (Bella, 20, and Connor, 18).
“And there is only one other person that’s going through it,” she said.
“So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have that–because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”
Kidman — who’s now married to Keith Urban — admits to Vanity Fair that something was missing in the marriage.
“With no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now,” she said.
“And I really did not know if that was going to happen. I wanted it, but I didn’t want it for a while, because I didn’t want to jump from one relationship to another. I had a lot of time alone, which was really, really good, because I was a child, really, when I got married [to Cruise]. And I needed to grow up.”
Proud mom Ivanka Trump took to Tumblr to share the first photos, and formal introductions, of her newborn son.
“Please join in our joy as we welcome Joseph Frederick Kushner, named after each of our paternal grandfathers,” she writes, and adds, “both master builders of their generation and inspiring patriarchs of their families.”
The Celebrity Apprentice star, 31, goes on to describe her son’s proud history.
“Jared’s grandfather, Joseph, was a rock. His indomitable spirit, his sense of family, and his work ethic are the values we hope to hand down to our son,” she says.
“My grandfather, Frederick, was a builder not just of tens of thousands of homes throughout this city, but of a tight-knit family that honors to this day the traditions he established,” she continues.
Sharing that her son arrived on October 14 at 9:54 p.m., the businesswoman goes on to talk about her hopes for both of her children – including 2-year-old daughter Arabella.
“Both men set the standards that have been passed down through the generations and which we hope to impart upon Joseph and Arabella,” she writes. “They created a legacy for our family that inspires our careers as well as our love and respect for one another. We are honored to name our son after these two distinguished men. We feel so blessed with the newest member of the family.”
The new mom-of-two, who works as the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at father Donald Trump‘s Trump Corporation, also shares a shot of her toddler holding her newborn.
“Arabella is such a proud big sister,” Ivanka captions the sweet photo.
The former Twilight actor, 28, wed Sheila Hafsadi in Los Angeles on Sunday, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
“It was a small wedding,” a source says. “There were about 150 [guests].
“We are both spontaneous people. I wouldn’t say we are bohemian, but we are both artistic,” Rathbone told PEOPLE of meeting Hafsadi in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in 2011. He had been playing a show with his former band, 100 Monkeys, when he saw her working at the venue next door.
“It was one of those things. I always said I believed in love at first sight, but I never really had that feeling before.”
The couple have since become parents to a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, now 15 months old. Soon after his birth, Rathbone told PEOPLE the pair planned to wed eventually – just not quite yet.
“Honestly, at the end of the day, you don’t need a piece of paper to say you are in love,” he said at the time. “We are dedicated completely to one another.”
Could a Duggar daughter be preparing to start a family of her own?
Jessa Duggar, 20, the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark.,has entered into a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, who lives in nearby Hot Springs, Ark., PEOPLE confirms.
The couple’s relationship will be featured on the family’s TLC show, 19 Kids & Counting, which returns Tuesday at 9 p.m.
“We are so excited for Ben and Jessa,” Jim Bob, 48, tells PEOPLE. “They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another.”
So what are the differences between courtship and dating?
Jim Bob explains: “Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”
Jessa and Ben met in church, Jim Bob says, and then asked to correspond via text and on the phone. The Duggars agreed – and were kept in the conversation as the couple texted each other, mostly asking each other questions about theology and scripture.
“Jessa has a very steady personality,” says Michelle. “It has been interesting to watch their interactions because for her personality type, they share very similar beliefs. It has been fun to watch them and both of our phones are going off back and forth, ping, ping, ping.”
“Courtship is not just about having fun,” she continues. “You are really considering if this person could be your life partner – you pray about it and see what happens.”
Though other men have approached Jim Bob to ask if they could begin a relationship with Jessa – as well as his other older daughters – Jim Bob says that Ben is the first to make the cut.
“He’s the first one she has shown interest in that has a spiritual focus and legitimate calling about ministry work,” he says. “When a guy is pursing your daughter, you want to check him out and see if there are any red flags and with Ben, there hasn’t been. He is very sharp. It appears like a match made in heaven.”
Like her older brother, Josh, whose courtship with now-wife Anna was documented on their reality show, Jessa will save her first kiss for marriage.
“Dad allowed them to do a side hug when they were officially courting,” Michelle, 47, explains. “Jessa and Ben have said that was the only contact they would have, when they initially greet each other, when he comes to visit for their first hello, they have a quick 30 second or less side hug and a goodbye side hug and they agreed that would be the only contact they should have.”
“They want to wait on the physical relationship until later,” she adds. “If there is an engagement that comes about, they will work together on their goals and standards for that.”
Michelle and Jessa Duggar with Ben Seewald
Courtesy of Jim Bob Duggar
Jessa and three of her sisters – Jana, Jill and Jinger – have just completed the book Growing Up Duggar, to be released next year, about their relationships, including their thoughts about boys and what goes into deciding who and when to marry.
“It is sweet as a mom to watch Jessa go through this,” says Michelle. “She’s always been the organizer in our family unit and right now she is a little distracted. She and Ben are open to encourage others who may be considering relationships that you can stay orally pure and wait for the one God has for you and then on your wedding day, begin the physical aspects of your relationship.”
“All the girls are excited for Jessa,” says Jim Bob, whose other children are Joshua, 25 – who is married to Anna, 25 and has Mackynzie, 3,Michael, 2 and Marcus, 3 months –, twins Jana and John-David, 23; Jill, 22; Jinger, 19; Joseph, 18; Josiah, 17; Joy-Anna, 15; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 14; Jason, 13; James, 12; Justin, 11; Jackson, 9; Johanna, 7; Jennifer, 6; and Jordyn, 4, and Josie, 3, who was born prematurely).
“All of our family is involved in this relationship. It is an exciting time.”