Nicole Kidman confirmed pregnant

Tue Jan 8, 2008 8:36am EST
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By Michael Perry

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oscar-winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman is pregnant and has pulled out of shooting her next film "The Reader" with her baby expected around mid-2008.

"Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban confirmed today that they are expecting a baby," Kidman publicist Wendy Day said in a statement released on Tuesday. "The couple are thrilled."

Kidman, 40, has been pregnant once before with then-husband Tom Cruise but suffered a miscarriage. Kidman and Cruise adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.

Leaving a Sydney restaurant with her husband Urban on Tuesday, Kidman said she felt "very excited." Asked if she was having a boy or a girl, the statuesque actress said "secret."

Rumors of Kidman's pregnancy have circulated for a few weeks, with reports she told her family over Christmas holidays in Australia that she was expecting.

"Very pleased, really pleased indeed, nothing else would make me come out straight from the pool onto the front door step," Kidman's mother Janelle told local television from the door of her Sydney home. "I think it's (expected) in July," she said.

Publicist Day, a close personal friend, said she had only learnt on Tuesday morning of the pregnancy.

"For years I've seen speculation and for years it's never been right, so I didn't think it was right this time," Day told local media. "And then she's just rung this morning."   Continued...

<p>Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrives at the world premiere of "The Golden Compass" in London November 27, 2007. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey (BRITAIN)</p>