Nicole Kidman Reveals Why She and Lenny Kravitz Called Off Engagement

Take a look back at the actors' secret relationship.

Nicole Kidman Reveals Why She and Lenny Kravitz Called Off Engagement

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Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, 55, and four-time Grammy-winning rock star Lenny Kravitz, 58.

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How They Met

It’s unclear if this exchange marks their introduction, but according to People, Kravitz was Kidman’s landlord when they began dating around 2002. She was subletting his Manhattan property while renovations were occurring on her own $8 million West Village apartment.

Why We Loved Them

They tried almost comically hard to keep their relationship under wraps. Like, it was nearly 15 years later that we (the people) learned they were once engaged. “A” for effort, guys.

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When They Peaked

We don’t actually know where Lenny factors into this equation, but according to his daughter, Zoë Kravitz (who happens to be Kidman’s Big Little Lies co-star), she was a pretty amazing almost stepmom. “I hadn’t seen her in a long time before Big Little Lies, but there was a point where we were all kind of living together,” Zoë told The Edit. “I was about 13, and she would take me to see movies; she was so nice to me.”

Nicole Kidman hugs Zoë Kravitz at HBO's 'Big Little Lies' Premiere and After Party
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The Breakup

Back in 2007, before we knew for certain that Kidman and Kravitz had once been engaged, the actress opened up to Vanity Fair about that time she “got engaged to somebody.” Whoever could it be?? “It just wasn’t right,” she went on. “I wasn’t ready. We weren’t ready … I get engaged and I get married — that’s my thing. I don’t want to date. I’m interested in a very, very deep connection.”

Still, to this day Kidman and Kravitz are on shockingly good terms.

Back in 2013, the former couple stopped to say hello and pose for photos when they ran into each other at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, which Kidman happened to be attending alongside her current husband Keith Urban. And honestly, it doesn’t even look awkward. #ExGoals right here.

Lenny Kravitz hugging Keith Urban while a smiling Nicole Kidman looks on at the 2013 CMT Music Awards - Red Carpet
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Kidman and Kravitz shared a hug once more at the Hollywood Film Awards in 2016.

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A year later, when Big Little Lies began its press tour, Kidman (perhaps unknowingly), revealed that she and Kravitz had once been engaged. “I knew Zoë because I was engaged to her father,” she said of her co-star. “It’s all in the family! I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”

Kidman isn’t the only one to wax poetic about her ex. Months later, Kravitz told Mr. Porter’s The Journal, “Nicole is amazing. Zoë and she hadn’t spent time together since she was younger, since Nicole and I were together, so that was great,” he said of their on-set bonding.

Where The Are Now

Kravitz, who wed Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet in 1987 and welcomed daughter Zoë the following year, never remarried after their early ‘90s split. That being said, he’s been romantically linked to many women through the years: Adriana Lima, Vanessa Paradis, Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, Marisa Tomei, Kate Moss. His last confirmed relationship was with Brazilian model Barbara Fialho in 2017, however they have since split.

On the professional front, Kravitz’s career is still full speed ahead. The enduring rocker released his eleventh studio album in 2018 and has two upcoming movies, Shotgun Wedding and The Trainer.

Lenny Kravitz with wife Lisa Bonet and daughter Zoe at a press conference in Lincoln Center, NYC 1989
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Five years after finalizing her divorce from Tom Cruise, Kidman married country singer and fellow Australian Keith Urban. Kidman and Urban share two daughters — Sunday, 14, and Faith, 11. Kidman also has two adult children from her marriage to Cruise: Isabella, 29, and Connor, 27.

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The actress earned her fourth Oscar nomination in 2017 and first Emmy the same year. As one of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood, Nicole has a lofty slate of projects ahead of her. She starred in Destroyer and Boy Erased, as well as DC’s Aquaman. She made quite the splash playing Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos. She has also stayed busy on the small screen appearing in two popular series. Season 2 of Big Little Lies has wrapped up and they will soon start filming season 2 of Nine Perfect Strangers.

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