Nicole Kidman recalls being married to Tom Cruise at 23: 'I wasn't going to parties'

Nicole Kidman is explaining her recent viral quotes about how being married to Tom Cruise in her 20s protected her from sexual harassment. 

The 51-year-old actress appeared on the Today show on Monday, where she further explained that being married at 23 (while Cruise was 28) gave her a different experience than most women at that age. 

"I'm saying because I was married at 23 years old, I wasn't going to parties, or I wasn't going out a lot," she told Today co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. "I was pretty much at home. I had my first child at 25 and I was married. I was in a family so, my sense of being in the world was I was working or I was at home."

In a New York magazine article earlier this month, Kidman opened up about one aspect of her marriage to Cruise, writing, "I got married very young, but it definitely wasn't power for me -- it was protection."

"I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed," she continued. "I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it's almost like I had to grow up." 

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 1996: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American actor, Tom Cruise, with his Australian actress wife, Nicole Kidman, and children, Isabella and Connor, at Jet Charter Centre after arriving in Sydney for a family holiday. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Actress Nicole Kidman and her son Connor sit at the dias as they attend the American Cinematheque Tribute to Nicole Kidman November 14, 2003 in Beverly Hills. Kidman received the 2003 American Cinematheque Award for her contributions to cinema. Kidman's daughter Isabella was also in attendance. The tribute will be telecast on the AMC cable network December 1 in the United States.
Actress Nicole Kidman and her children son Connor (C) and daughter Isabella sit at the dias as they attend the American Cinematheque Tribute to Nicole Kidman November 14, 2003 in Beverly Hills. Kidman received the 2003 American Cinematheque Award for her contributions to cinema. The tribute will be telecast on the AMC cable network December 1 in the United States.
Actress Nicole Kidman (C) and her adopted children Isabella (L) and Connor stand during the seventh inning stretch, at Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 15, 2003. REUTERS/Shaun Best PM/GN
Nicole Kidman's daughter, Isabella Cruise (left), Antonia Kidman, and her daughter outside her Darling Point home on Sunday, June 15, 2006. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 25: Actress Nicole Kidman (C) and her children Connor (2nd-L) and Isabella (2nd-R) attend a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat at the Staples Center December 25, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman take a walk through Central Park with their daughter Isabella. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman and daugther Isabella (short hair) (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Kidman didn't backtrack on the quote on Monday, noting, "I think when you're married to a very powerful man, I mean, I'm not in a male's mind but .... when I said protection, I think there's almost like a barrier a lot of women don't have -- that a lot of people in the world don't have." 

Kidman and Cruise divorced in 2001 after more than a decade of marriage. The pair shares two adopted kids together -- 25-year-old Isabella and 23-year-old Connor. These days, the Oscar-winning actress is happily married to country superstar Keith Urban. The couple has two daughters together, 10-year-old Sunday and 7-year-old-Faith. 

"I also don't like discussing exes and all of that because I'm married," Kidman notes. "I'm very happily married. I have two little girls and I think it's almost disrespectful, one, to Tom, and disrespectful to Keith, so I try to stay in the here and now."

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Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (R) and singer Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Singer Keith Urban and actor Nicole Kidman attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress 'Lion' Nicole Kidman arrives with her husband Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (L) and musician Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman (R) and singer Keith Urban attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'Lion' Nicole Kidman poses for fans as she arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Tommaso BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman, Musician Keith Urban, LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Nicole Kidman attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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