According to Janet Charlton’s Hollywood blog, the couple had not planned on going public with the story so soon – and was perhaps hoping to sell the scoop to a celebrity magazine when they were ready to break the news. But at CAA’s Golden Globes after-party on Sunday night, Kidman’s agent was overheard by a reporter congratulating the actress, making the status of Kidman’s uterus a hot topic on the Australian morning show Sunrise, reports Charlton. When TMZ contacted the couple to enquire if Kidman was pregnant, they confirmed the surrogacy news
NICOLE Kidman will take a six-month break from her film career after stunning the movie world by announcing the birth of a daughter via surrogate.
Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born in Nashville on December 28.
She is the biological daughter of Kidman and her husband, country rocker, Keith Urban, born to a surrogate mother, or as they are called in the US, a gestational carrier.
“Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the family said in a statement.
“No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”
Kidman and Urban, both 43, have a two-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose.
The trio were in Australia visiting family last month, but they flew back to the US on December 23 to be in Nashville in time for the birth.
The baby’s name was drawn from the couple’s strong faith.
Her middle name, Margaret, was selected to honour Kidman’s grandmother, who gave birth to her last child at the age of 49.
The star couple rented the top floor of The Women’s Hospital in Nashville to make sure their surrogate and their child had privacy.
Faith is believed to have left hospital and is settling in at home with them.
At the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Monday, where she was nominated for Best Actress for her role as a grief-stricken parent in the film Rabbit Hole, Kidman stayed mum about her new child.
But she revealed she planned to take a six-month holiday to devote time to caring for her family.
“I’m going to take a long break, a complete break away from work to concentrate totally on all things relating to the family,” she told the Daily Mail.
Kidman also has two other children, Isabella, 18, and Connor, 15, adopted with former husband and actor Tom Cruise.
Nicole is on the cover of the new Australian Women’s Weekly magazine (more on that later), and was gracious enough to email the editor of the magazine soon after the issue was released – a few days after the new baby news was announced – to apologise for not mentioning their new baby plans, which I guess, makes the magazine look a bit behind:
GETTING the timing right can be pretty tricky in the world of a monthly magazine, but Nicole Kidman had grace enough to send a personal email to the editor-in-chief of the The Australian Women’s Weekly on the eve of its latest issue being released yesterday. In an interview – carried out before Christmas – for the Weekly’s cover story, Nic mentioned not a word of the impending arrival of her surrogate baby, Faith Margaret, born on December 28. News broke of the surrogacy just as the Weekly was ready to be unloaded from trucks. In her email on Tuesday night to Helen McCabe, Kidman explained her reticence to reveal her family’s plans earlier. “I had an email from her overnight saying that at Christmas she was on tenterhooks,” McCabe said yesterday. “I think she was just holding her breath and not wanting to tell anybody because she was terrified something might go wrong and because it was such a different set of circumstances. The security of a story like that is so huge that I do understand.” Supermarket queue readers of Woman’s Day, however, if they’d been living in a vacuum for the past day or so, may still have been under the impression Nic and hubby Keith Urban’s new baby was a Haitian refugee. “Nicole and Keith: We’re Adopting!” the magazine told its readers this week. It does seem that Woman’s Day’s “close source” was on to the right stuff. “They’re incredibly excited at the prospect of adding another child to their beautiful family . . . and their daughter Sunday Rose can’t wait to have a little brother or sister.” But the source mentioned not a word about the Haitian adoption. Nic was in Haiti last year in her role as a UN ambassador, so surely another baby must be on the way. Woman’s Day wasn’t saying.