Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreaking reason for returning to Australia

Australian sweetheart Nicole Kidman has revealed the heartbreaking reason for her sudden return home.

Kidman returned to Australia in December for the Sydney premiere of her film Being Ricardos and has remained in the country for the past few weeks.

In the latest episode of Fresh Air, she told how she was back in Australia for her 81-year-old mother Janelle, who is very ill.

Camera icon‘Being the Ricardos’ co-stars Javier Bardem, left, and Nicole Kidman pose together at the film’s premiere, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Credit: Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

“We are here primarily to take care of my mother and have her surrounded by her grandchildren,” she told the podcast.

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“I am in the place where I have the chance to see the world, because of our closeness, my mother gives me the chance to see the world through the eyes of an 81 year old woman.

“It’s so beneficial right now, because she’s so aware. She has all the brain faculties available, so she hasn’t lost anything. She hasn’t lost any memory, which is fascinating, and she’s extremely bright.

Nicole Kidman and her mom Janelle.
Camera iconNicole Kidman and her mom Janelle. Credit: instagram

“She gives me access, because she’s also very straightforward and very honest, and so I have access to the world through her eyes, my mother’s eyes, so so a part of me almost at 80.”

Janelle was last seen in public alongside her daughter at the Sydney premiere of Being Richardos. The film earned Kidman several awards, including a Thursday SAG nomination and a Golden Globe Award.

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In 2016, Kidman’s mother was taken to a Sydney hospital after a suspected medical scare. Her father, Dr Anthony Kidman, died of a heart attack in Singapore in 2015.

Last year, Kidman revealed that her mother talked her out of Hollywood after her daughter was born on Sunday 2008.

“She was like, ‘Nicole, you’re an artist and you shouldn’t leave that behind. You should keep something back because at some point you might want to go back,” Kidman said.

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