Nicole Kidman reveals why she’s been so private about her and Tom Cruise’s kids

Nicole Kidman is opening up about her relationship with Isabella and Connor Cruise. 

The 51-year-old actress adopted the two after marrying Tom Cruise in 1990, but in the 17 years since she and the actor split in 2001, Kidman has reportedly had a rocky relationship with her older children. 

In a new interview with Australia's Who magazine, Kidman said she was "private" when it came to Bella, 25, and Connor, 23. "I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is."

"They are adults. 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,” she continued. "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."

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"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. So that’s our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love."

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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 -- who also shares two daughters, Sunday and Faith, with husband Keith Urban -- discussed Bella while chatting with ET earlier this year. The aspiring fashion designer honored her mom while naming her clothing line BKC, after her name, Bella Kidman Cruise.

"It's very exciting," Kidman said. "I think it's such a great way to express and Bella is a beautiful drawer as well, she's always been able to draw."

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