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Nicole Kidman: the naked truth

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Oct 17, 2001 | 12:45pm EDT

So just how saucy is Aussie Nicole Kidman now that she's a single gal again? The latest tabloid rumors out of London have her romping in the altogether with Brit pop sensation Robbie Williams--but you can forget a steamy star-crossed romance. It seems that if indeed Nic was naked--and her reps say she wasn't--it was a purely professional move.

According to London's Daily Star, the titillating titian-tressed actress appears wearing little but a glittering diamond necklace, matching diamond handbag and a dazzling smile in the video for her duet with Williams on "Something Stupid," a remake of the 1960s hit performed by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy. The video, set in the 1950s, is reportedly far steamier than anything the Eisenhower Era ever saw on TV, and the singers' vocals reportedly reflect a sinuous sexual chemistry.

Other tabloid accounts, however, have Kidman more demurely costumed in a mauve lace Collette Dinnigan evening gown with green sequins that was flown in from her native Australia especially for the shoot, topped off with a multimillion-dollar necklace

"No, she's not nude," Kidman's publicist said, without ruling out the suggestion of nudity, however, or even the elaborate Dinnigan dress: "They don't want to ruin the surprise." Indeed, Capitol-EMI, Williams' (and, for many years, Sinatra's and Martin's) recording label, is keeping the video under wraps until Williams' new Rat Pack-retro album Swing When You're Winning bows Nov. 19.

On it, the pop singer covers a plethora of tunes made famous by the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin. In addition to his song with Kidman, Williams also duets with stars including Rupert Everett, Jon Lovitz and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice).

The actress first publicly flexed her vocal chords for Moulin Rouge earlier this year. But it's the video that's got everyone wondering if anyone will actually be listening, given that she's reportedly showing more flesh on camera than she's shown her ex Tom Cruise in the last year.

Kidman's certainly proven she's comfortable with her whippet-thin, alabaster bod, having displayed it amply on film in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and on stage in the Sam Mendes-directed play The Blue Room. Meanwhile, in his groundbreaking video for "Rock DJ," the well-toned Williams strip-teased his way down to his black bikini briefs--and beyond, removing his skin, his muscles and his vital organs.

On his official website, Williams recounted his nervousness over collaborating with one of Hollywood's hottest actresses. "So I've got this meeting on Saturday, at two o'clock with Nicole Kidman and the arse fell out me world for a couple of days, so how am I going to get through this and not look like an idiot, or try to lick her face?" Williams said, "She was shy and she was nervous and it was nice to see that I'm not the only one that's shy and nervous."

If the rumors are true, it sounds like both stars got over their initial bouts of the shys in a big, big way.

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