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Is Nicole Kidman Ignoring Her Oldest Daughter Isabella?

Mon, December 6, 2010 4:52pm EDT by 1 Comment

A little over a week after her last appearance on Oprah, the question we have to ask is, has Nicole forgotten that she has two other kids besides her baby Sunday Rose?

When Nicole Kidman appeared on the November 29 episode of Oprah Winfrey’s final season of Oprah, the talkshow queen asked Nicole to talk about her kids. Perhaps Nicole misheard the plural form of the question, because she spent the entire time talking about one kid, and one kid only: Her 2 1/2-year-old biological daughter, Sunday Rose, who she had with husband Keith Urban, 43. But, some people have asked, what about her other children, Isabella Cruise, 17, and Connor Cruise, 15, whom she adopted with ex-husband Tom Cruise? Why didn’t Nicole, 43, mention her other kids? Is there trouble between Nicole and her older children?

Check out our story of how adorable Sunday was when she went pumpkin shopping with her mom for Halloween!

Not necessarily, says Dr. Susan Abbott, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “It really depends on the parent/child relationship,” she tells “But I can think of a couple scenarios that would lead to her not talking about her older children. For starters, they’re teenagers, and there’s a privacy issue. Most teenagers don’t even want to walk through a mall with their parents, already, but then to have them discuss them in public? It could be embarrassing.” Do you agree, HollyMoms?

“Additionally, it could be a security issue,” Dr. Abbott continues. “Teenagers are more independent and are not always with the parents. Because they’re out in the world more, the parents might have decided not to talk about them and give them too much notice. Come to think of it, it’s pretty rare that celebrities talk at all about kids that age.”

Read our story about how Tom Cruise is worried about his son.

It’s an excellent point, and one that many might not consider as they try to examine the delicate Cruise-Kidman family dynamic. We obviously can’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but since Nicole is such a doting mom to little Sunday Rose, we should assume she is just as sensitive to the needs of Isabella and Connor, who both live with dad Tom, 48, and stepmother Katie Holmes, 31.

Earlier this year, in fact, Nicole talked about the difference in age between her oldest child and her youngest, as well as the difference in her own age when she had each of them. “For Bella and Connor I was a young mother — and for Sunday, I’m an older mother,” she said in February. Additionally, her two daughters are, “polar opposites. With Bella, I’m being someone she can confide in, while trying not to tell her what to do. With Sunday, I have to show her, teach her how to do everything … It’s really keeping me on my toes!”

Which should answer everyone’s questions!

– Roger Singer

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