'When I was 10, our house burned down': Keith Urban recounts traumatic childhood memory
In an interview, Keith Urban revealed how his home burned down when he was only 10 and the kind of impact it had on him and his family
The California wildfires have drudged up some painful memories for country musician Keith Urban. The singer revealed that his home burned down when he was only 10 years old.
In an interview with ExtraTV, Keith discussed the traumatic event from his childhood. "When I was 10, our house burned down, so I know that feeling of losing your house. We completely lost everything. Luckily, we were all okay." Giving a graphic account of what the young star saw as a child, he said, "When you are walking through the house and it’s charred, black as black everywhere you look, water's dripping and the firefighters have left, I remember thinking, 'I was just in here getting ready for school…' It gives me chills."
The California Wildfire crisis caused immense devastation with the death toll crossing 55. Keith also explained how he's trying his best to assist whoever he can during this trying time. "I'm literally helping out one of my friends out there get back on their feet." The wildfires reminded him of how important the community is when it comes to disasters of this nature.
Remembering the fire from his childhood, he said, "They raised a bunch of money to help us, and I saw that real community spirit in action at a very young age, and it's always stayed with me." He continued, "What I remember is the community coming together in such an incredible way… You are seeing that out in California right now, and it's amazing."
Popculture reported that Keith also spoke about how his family got back on their feet after the fire, thanks to help from organizations such as Red Cross. "I remember a couple of things happened; the first was the Red Cross, and I believe it was Goodwill, both stepped up and gave us some clothing. It had some personal effects and got us back on our feet." He continued, "The other big thing that happened was that we were members of this country music club, and they put on this fundraiser for us at somebody's house."
Keith Urban recently won 'Entertainer of the Year' at 2018 Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. In his speech, he thanked his late father, his wife, his crew and his fans for their impact in his music career. Getting rather emotional during his speech, he looked out in the crowd and ended his speech with "God bless country music".
People also reported that Urban had the sweetest afterparty following his major CMA Awards victory — a hangout at home with wife Nicole Kidman! He filmed an Instagram video to express his gratitude. "Hey everyone, it’s Keith here in the kitchen." In the background, the 'Big Little Lies' actress, 51, let out a happy giggle. "Just got home from the most epic CMA night tonight," Urban continued. Kidman then ambushed Urban, planting a smooch on his cheek before rushing away.
“All the fans, you guys are phenomenal. You are phenomenal. You have no idea how much this award means to me. Thank you," he said. Watch the full video below:
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