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Nicole Kidman says that her friends tease her for believing in God, raising her children in the church — but she isn't deterred


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Actress Nicole Kidman says that her friends often give her a lot of flak her over her faith and the fact that she raises her children in the church.

What are the details?

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Oscar-winning actress said that faith is an integral part of her life.

"A lot of my friends tease me," the 51-year-old actress admitted.

Australian-born Kidman, who is married to country music star Keith Urban, said that she and her husband take their two daughters, 10-year-old Sunday Rose and 8-year-old Faith Margaret, to church regularly.

"That's how we are raising our children," she said. "Keith has his own beliefs, but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact."

Kidman, who was formerly married to Scientologist actor Tom Cruise, also added that she isn't afraid of raising her daughters to believe in God, and encourages them to question their faith if they feel compelled to do so.

"I wouldn't say it's absolutism, there's constant questioning," she said. "I'm a willful, feisty girl. For me, it's very important that I don't have judgment. My dad would always say, 'Tolerance is the most important thing.'"

Anything else?

In 2018, Kidman discussed the importance of her faith in an interview with Allure.

"I'm spiritual in the sense that I absolutely believe in God," she told the magazine.

The actress also explained how she once considered being a nun before she went into the entertainment business.

"I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it," Kidman said.

When she was married to Cruise, she and her ex-husband adopted two children, Bella and Connor, who later became Scientologists.

In an interview with Australia's Who, Kidman said that she doesn't judge her older children — now 26 and 24 years old, respectively — or the path that they've chosen.

"They are adults," she said in a 2018 interview. "They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and, as a mother, it's my job to love them.

"And I am an example of that tolerance and that's what I believe — that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I'm open here. I think that's so important because if that is taken away from a child, to sever that in any child, in any relationship, in any family — I believe it's wrong," she insisted. "So that's our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love."

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