Nicole Kidman was left “in tears” after arriving in Los Angeles for a pre-Golden Globes event Saturday and learning that her Australian country home was “under threat” by one of the bushfires devastating her home country.
Kidman, her husband Keith Urban and their two daughters had enjoyed the Christmas holidays in Sidney, Australia, then traveled to Los Angeles to attend the Golden Globes Sunday evening. On Saturday, Kidman, 52, turned up at a pre-awards event in Beverly Hills looking “very tired and sad” behind the smiles she flashed for the cameras, an eyewitness told Us Weekly.
The Oscar-winning actress had learned that her $6.5 million, 1878 Georgian mansion, about 70 miles southwest of Sydney, is in danger from one of the bushfires.
“She just found out and got off a plane right before coming here,” the insider told Us Weekly. “She was crying walking in.”
Kidman, who is nominated for a Golden Globes for best actress for her role in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” begged off red carpet interviews, Us Weekly said. She said, “I’m so sorry. I’m so distracted right now with everything that’s happening in Australia.”
An organizer for the “Gold Meets Golden” event told Us Weekly that Kidman, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, “was crying as she walked” the red carpet. Photos, though, showed she also put on a brave enough face that she managed to smile for photos.
A representative for Kidman later told Us Weekly and People that her mansion is “not on fire.” However, it is “under threat,” so they are keeping a close eye on it.
Kidman’s country retreat is located in the village of Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales. The home is about five miles from the village of Exeter, where residents have been told to “take shelter, as it is too late to leave,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
David Bruggerman, who runs the Wingello Village Store, about 28 miles southwest of Sutton Forest, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he and his family originally planned to stay but rushed to evacuate because smoke was “everywhere” and embers were “raining from the sky.” He said the fire “roared like an approaching freight train”.
“We looked at what was coming and my father-in-law, a member of the Wingello RFS, told us we had to go,” Bruggerman told the Sydney Morning Herald. “We had our bags already packed so quickly moved them all in to our transit van. We have seven children living with us so we had room for only one bag each.”
“Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia,” the post on Kidman’s Instagram read. “We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.”
The couple also own a penthouse in Sydney, Us Weekly reported.
Since September, more than 130 bushfires in Australia have burned more than 12 million acres and killed 19 people, with dozens missing, People reported. Ecologists from the University of Sydney believe that almost half a billion mammals, birds and reptiles also have died in the fires, People added.
Other celebrities who have offered support include Pink, who also donated $500,000 to bushfire relief, People also reported.
Last weekend, Urban and Kidman each took to Instagram to post romantic photos of them on a balcony overlooking Sydney Harbor. In his post, Urban proclaimed “We had the BEST Christmas,” while Kidman wrote, “Sydney Love,” with a heart emoji.