Belfast Telegraph

Kidman emotional at father's funeral

Nicole Kidman fondly remembered her late father Dr Anthony Kidman's final trip to New York at his funeral in Sydney today.

The 47-year-old actress lost her dad Dr Anthony Kidman last week. He passed away aged 75, following a suspected heart attack in Singapore.

Family and loved ones gathered at St Francis Xavier Church in North Shore to pay their respects on Friday.

Nicole's little girls Sunday Rose, six, and Faith Margaret, three, joined their mom, along with their dad and the star's husband, Keith Urban. Tears flowed during the ceremony, and Nicole clutched onto her spouse and eldest daughter throughout.

Speaking to the guests before she and Keith performed an acoustic version of Amazing Grace to the congregation, Nicole shared some emotional words. She began with remembering the final time her late father visited her in the Big Apple three weeks ago, recalling how Anthony had tucked into a whole pizza which they had initially planned to share.

"I am so grateful he came to New York. And I'm so glad he ate all that pizza," she told the guests, including actor friend and fellow Aussie, Russell Crowe.

"I'm so lucky to be his daughter, and that he chose my mother to make me with.

"The only regret he'd have is that he's not here to see his beautiful grandchildren grow up. And that he's not here to take care of Jay [his wife Janelle and Nicole's mother].

"It's okay Papa, we're here to take care of her. I want to say to him, 'Don't worry, we'll be able to take care of her... I love you Papa.'"

The flame-haired beauty also spoke fondly of how her dad had helped her through her public divorce with ex-husband Tom Cruise in 2001, reassuring her it will be "OK". And that his down-to-earth nature despite her fame, turning down designer gifts from his famous daughter, taught her to help those in need.

"He was the father who was always going to be there," she added.

Anthony's hearse was adorned with purple and yellow flowers and hymns such as Morning is Broken were sung, with the ceremony finishing with the Lord's Prayer. Guests also watched a photo display of the late doctor's life to songs such as Day Dream Believer by The Monkees and Moon River by Andy Williams.

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