Nicole Kidman was told marrying Tom Cruise would "ruin" her career.

The Hollywood actress - who was married to Tom for 10 years from 1990 after meeting on the set on 'Days of Thunder' - believes her acting success was boosted by her romance with the actor, despite her advisors insisting she was making the wrong decision in tying the knot.

She explained: "I became famous very young. I became very famous because I was the wife of somebody. I did a lot of good, worthwhile work in Australia between the ages of 14 and 19 and then I married someone famous. And really, despite the huge profile that brought to me, I was still finding my feet.

"My agents at the time were like, 'Do not get married! It will ruin your career!' And I was like, 'But I'm in love!' "

Despite Nicole's new-found fame when she was just 23, she insists she only married Tom because they were hopelessly in love.

She told Britain's GQ magazine: "All I know is that I want someone interested in fame. And that's not why I got married. I wanted to work with people who intrigued me."

Following their divorce, Nicole went on to marry singer Keith Urban, with who she has a 15-month-old daughter, Sunday Rose, while Tom - who has two adopted children with Nicole - has three-year-old Suri with wife Katie Holmes.