This is surprising. Apparently, congratulations are in order for Isabella Cruise, the adopted daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. On Monday, Oct. 5, a report from People confirmed that the 22-year-old married her boyfriend, Max Parker, in a super secret ceremony in London on Sept. 18. Given that Cruise's parents are a couple of the most elite members of Hollywood's A-list, it may perplex more than a few fans that Cruise managed to keep her nuptials under the radar for more than a few seconds, let alone almost an entire month. How did she pull this off? Well, as it turns out, neither of her parents were in attendance for the ceremony.
"Isabella and Parker wanted the romantic affair to be so low-key and private that they decided against inviting her A-list celebrity parents," People reports. "Isabella's younger brother, Connor, was also reportedly absent from the nuptials." Furthering this point, a source told Us Weekly that, "Bella really didn't want to make a big deal out of it. There wasn't even any sort of official reception as [it] was very, very informal."
It may be easy for some to jump to conclusions, and assume that the real reason for Tom and Kidman's absence to be the result of some sort of contention between the famous exes and their daughter. However, this does not seem to be the case in any way, shape, or form.
Amid rumors that she had been estranged from Cruise and her son, Connor, Kidman spoke out on her relationship with her children during an interview with DuJour magazine. "I have four children, so to stay in touch with them it's very important," the actress said. "I'm definitely engaged in it but I don't let it rule my life."
For Tom's part, People noted that the actor "...fully supports [Cruise's and Parker's] relationship and paid for the wedding and party."
As surprising as the news of Cruise's new marriage may be, it seems like the nuptials have been anything but dramatic. Including her parents in the ceremony could have led to an unwanted fanfare, with paparazzi and media outlets possibly trumpeting the news in a way that made Cruise's special day anything but intimate. I, for one, can completely understand her decision. I also wouldn't be surprised to learn that her parents celebrated the nuptials alongside Cruise and Parker at some point or event that took place after the actual ceremony. Given Cruise and Parker's low-key style, I may never get those details, but that may be exactly how the newlyweds would like to keep things.
Congratulations to the happy couple, and props to both on keeping things so hush-hush — a feat that isn't easily accomplished when it comes to celebrity weddings.
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