Tom Cruise allegedly feels the need, the need — to stay far away from his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman.
He reportedly was MIA because he wanted to avoid an “awkward run-in” with Kidman, 55, whom he divorced more than 20 years ago.
“Tom was not there because she was there, and he did not want a run-in,” a source reportedly told the Daily Mail on Monday.
But insiders close to Cruise allegedly told the outlet that his absence was “not personal” and instead the result of scheduling issues.
The Post has contacted representatives for Cruise and Kidman for comment.
Cruise filed for divorce in February 2001, citing “irreconcilable difference” after allegedly walking out on Kidman that same year.
“She knows why, and I know why, [we divorced]” Cruise told Vanity Fair in 2013, vowing to keep the reasoning private. “She’s the mother of my children, and I wish her well. And I think that you just move on.
“And I don’t say that lightly. I don’t say that with anything,” he continued. “Things happen in life, and you do everything you can, and in every possible way, and there’s a point at which you just sometimes have to face the brutal reality.”
“I was young. I think I offered it up?” Kidman told Harper’s Bazaar in October 2021 about the continued public interest in her marriage to Cruise.
“Maybe I’ve gotten a bit more trepidatious, but I’m always trying to be as open as possible. I just prefer to live in the world that way,” she added.
Cruise married fellow actress Katie Holmes, 44, on Nov. 18, 2006.
The pair had a daughter, Suri, now 16, and divorced in August 2012
Meanwhile, Kidman and her husband of 16 years, country musician Keith Urban, 55, heated up the Oscars Champagne-colored carpet with spicy hot PDA.
The couple has two daughters: Sunday Rose, 14, and Faith Margaret, 12.