Kidman got divorced from Tom Cruise in 2001 after 12 years of marriage.
Divorces are not easy and there's still a lot of stigma to it. But people are definitely challenging the notion of staying on in unhealthy marriages. Isn't it better to get out of situations that make you unhappy? Shouldn't that call for a celebration? That's what Liz Maupin, a producer in Los Angeles, did. The 34-year-old threw herself a divorce party over the weekend and even wore a custom-made top and dressed up like actress Nicole Kidman from her iconic paparazzi photo taken after she got divorced from Tom Cruise in 2001, reports BuzzFeed News. Maupin's divorce got finalized three years after she parted ways with her ex.
"I wanted to celebrate the finality of it and starting a new chapter in my life," she said. "I love that photo of Nicole so much. I think it says so much about relief and freedom." In the middle of the event, Maupin changed into the outfit and emerged with her arms wide open and with the same expression Kidman had in the iconic picture. "Everyone cheered; it was so nice," she added. While it was "super difficult" to leave an "unhealthy" marriage, Maupin knew it was the right decision — and one that led her back to herself. "I think there’s still stigma around divorce, which is so unnecessary, and I wanted to really have a positive experience at the end of it all and just celebrate being me again, without a tether to another person, and starting over," she said. "Nicole’s outfit definitely helped remind me of my newfound freedom."
She added that it's "more than OK to celebrate" it. "It was absolutely empowering and so fun," said Maupin. "I chose to make the party no-boys-allowed. We had an absolute blast. I highly recommend having a divorce party if you find yourself divorced someday." Sure enough pictures of her party has since gone viral with many Twitter users applauding her recreation. One user joked: I now want to redo my divorce and do it better. Another added: Now i have to get married and then divorced and throw a party on the day its finalised and take a picture wearing that outfit and holding the shot of you in this shot holding a picture of nicole kidman in the same outfit. Other users congratulated Maupin on starting a new chapter in her life and doing so with a great sense of humor.
Congratulations on your divorce. And your sense of style and showmanship 💖— Owen Blacker (@owenblacker) August 30, 2021
As for the iconic Nicole Kidman picture, the moment was captured after her divorce from Tom Cruise was finalized and the actress was leaving her lawyer's office. According to the Mirror, the pair split in 2001 after 12 years of marriage where they filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorce took 7 months to be finalized and her reaction seemed to express relief, something many divorcees or people who have left difficult situations could relate to.
handing in my notice tonight for a job that has caused me nothing but stress for the last six years and afterwards I know I'm gonna feel like Nicole Kidman after signing the divorce papers to Tom Cruise pic.twitter.com/YYthOCRfbp— Niamh🌛 (@niamhthelibra) August 28, 2021
Kidman and Cruise tied the knot in 1990 when the former was just 23 years old. The pair went on to adopt two children together: Isabella and Connor. After the divorce, Nicole moved on and married country singer Keith Urban in 2006. The pair are parents to two daughters together, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. Speaking to Red magazine of her split with Cruise, the now 54-year-old actress admitted the split was partly down to the fact that she was so young when they got together. She said, "I was so young when I got married. I look back now and I’m like, ‘What?' "I had two kids by the time I was 27 and I’d been married for four years," but added "that’s what I wanted" at the time.