Tom and Nicole's settlement
by TONY BONNICI, Daily Mail
Tom and Nicole in happier times
Nicole Kidman is about to claim a huge victory in her divorce battle with Tom Cruise.
Her estranged husband is said to be close to surrendering the family's £7million Los Angeles seafront mansion and their Australian home overlooking Sydney Harbour.
It is also claimed that Cruise has caved into his wife's demands for a 50-50 split in their fortune, estimated to be around £340million.
Reports say the breakthrough came when Miss Kidman, 34, said she would use DNA samples to prove she had miscarried Cruise's child.
She suffered a miscarriage weeks after her husband announced their marriage was over.
Cruise, 39, was said to have questioned whether the baby was his amid rumours that she had had an affair.
But Miss Kidman apparently kept genetic evidence after the miscarriage to show he was the father. She was said to have threatened to reveal her proof unless he finalised a financial deal between them before she flies to Australia on holiday in six weeks.
Originally Cruise had been reluctant to agree a deal, arguing that with a £90million personal fortune, Miss Kidman could adequately support herself.
Valued at £250million himself, Cruise is one of Hollywood's most successful leading men.
His Australian wife, despite acclaimed performances on the London stage, is not in the same superstar league.
Her latest film, Moulin Rouge, in which she starred with Ewan McGregor, failed to live up to expectations at the box office.
Cruise was said to have been keen to get around California divorce laws which split assets between husband and wives equally after a decade of marriage. He claimed the couple broke up shortly before their tenth anniversary on Christmas Eve last year.
Miss Kidman maintained they had been leading a normal married life until he made the announcement that the marriage was over six weeks later on February 5.
It appears Cruise has since given in to his wife's arguments. He has moved into a £5million rented house in Beverly Hills.
According to Star magazine in the U.S., Cruise will hold on to the couple's £1.5million Manhattan apartment and £7million 130-acre ski-resort property.
Miss Kidman is believed to have been particularly concerned about keeping their Los Angeles house.
The couple's two adopted children, Isabella, eight, and Connor, six, have been brought up there.
Yesterday her spokesman said: 'We do not make any comments on anything to do with the divorce.
'That can't be taken as a denial or an admission, it's just something we don't talk about.'
With the main details out of the way, the magazine said the couple were examining their personal possessions.
It claimed several pieces of jewellery, including Miss Kidman's £355,000 diamond wedding band, a £28,000 pair of matching earrings and a £17,000 emerald necklace were 'at stake'.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman married in a candlelit ceremony in Telluride, Colorado in 1990.
The marriage was said to have been struggling for 18 months before the break-up. Their troubles began around the time they finished the movie Eyes Wide Shut, their biggest critical flop.