Nicole Kidman reveals the real reason behind her bizarre Oscars “seal clap”

It was apparently a choice between clapping oddly, or not clapping at all

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When the cameras zoomed in on Nicole Kidman clapping at the Oscars, it seemed as though she had turned into a seal – or been replaced by an alien who had never seen a human clap before.

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But now the Hollywood actress has revealed the simple reason behind her absurd clapping technique: she was absolutely covered in expensive diamonds.

Speaking to Kiss FM’s Kyle and Jackie O, Nicole said it was a choice between clapping weirdly, or not at all. 

“It’s because of the rings you idiots,” Kyle suggested. “That’s why she’s clapping like that – she doesn’t want to damage the jewels!”

“Yes, yes!” Nicole replied. “I’m so glad you clarified that because it was really awkward! I was like, ‘Gosh, I really want to clap’.

“I don’t want to not be clapping, which would be worse right? ‘Why isn’t Nicole clapping?’

“So therefore I’m clapping, but it was really difficult because I had this huge ring on which was not my own but was absolutely gorgeous and I was terrified of damaging it!”

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The Oscar-nominated Lion star was decked out on the night with 119 carats worth of Harry Winston diamonds – and even with an A-List salary it would be hard to replace those jewels if they got damaged…