Celebrity marriages are notoriously difficult, but Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban prove that they can absolutely be successful and supportive.
Keith Urban shared some tough things when his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened last year. He talked about his addiction issues that he first addressed in 1998. However, after multiple stays in different rehab facilities, Urban had failed to beat his drug and alcohol demons.
“I just thought about keeping going, because it must just be around the corner, and they kept moving the corner,” Urban says. “But I just kept going and kept going, and believing and believing.”
“Work was good, until 2003, when I hadn’t taken care of myself, and off I go to my second treatment center,” Urban said, “and that didn’t take either.”
Urban and Kidman met in 2005 and the two Australian-born stars were married in 2006. Then, shortly after their wedding, Kidman forced Urban to re-enter rehab.
“[She’s] the one I’ve been looking for and the one I’ve been preparing for, or life has been preparing me for, anyway,” Urban says. “We got married, and I hadn’t taken care of my problems, and so my demons just came and kicked my a– and her a– and blew our world up. But this woman rallied the troops …” Urban retells.
“In so many ways, it was the most powerful act of love in reaching into the fire and pulling me out,” Urban explains, “because she believed in me, and she saw something in me in such a way that she risked everything, everything, to trust me and pull me out of the fire and let me then do the right thing and move into the light.”
Urban and Kidman are set to celebrate 10 years together this year. Urban’s parents were an example of a marriage with longevity.
“I’m blessed that my mom and dad stayed together their whole life … I’ve seen that you can stay together and find your great love,” he continues. “I didn’t know s–t about it until I met my wife. I didn’t know anything about love. I didn’t know anything about marriage. I didn’t know anything about self-sacrifice. I didn’t know anything about taking care of a woman. Nothing … I didn’t have relationships; I took hostages.”
Urban and Kidman have two beautiful children together named Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
“There’s a great Hemingway quote that says, ‘The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken place,’ and I feel that that is what my wife brought to me,” he says. “I’m strong in the broken places because she saw something in me, and I love you for that.” Urban says to his wife.
Congratulations on 10 great years!