Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman divorce: The highs and lows of our favorite couple
The perfect couple for over ten years, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have given hope to many couples seeking a lasting relationship, but now that may be ending. Let's take a look back at their relationship over the years.
Rumors of an impending divorce between country singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman, who have been married for over 11 years, are in the air, and looking back at their relationship over the past decade makes you wonder where it all went wrong.
Keith isn't the first person Nicole has been married to for 11 years. She famously married Tom Cruise in 1990 after starring with him in the movie 'Days of Thunder' that released the same year. She was 23 at the time, and told Red magazine that she couldn't believe she had decided to get married at such a young age. The two adopted two children - Isabella and Connor.
In 2001, 11 years after they married, Tom and Nicole officially called it quits, after Tom filed for divorce, having refused to go for counseling. This sparked a period of heightened creativity for the actress in her work that eventually led to her winning the Oscar for her performance as Virginia Woolfe in 'The Hours' in 2003. However, she said that the period was one of the loneliest in her life.
It was at this extremely lonely juncture in her life that she met her equally lonely future soulmate, Keith, at the 2005 G'Day USA gala. She told Vanity Fair, "I think we were two lonely people. I would probably say that two very lonely people managed to meet at a time when they could open themselves to each other. We were a mixture of frightened and brave." Keith later shared a photo from their first meeting to Instagram on their tenth wedding anniversary.
However, their first meeting in January 2005 wasn't spectacular. Nicole said, "It wasn’t like the earth shook," revealing that Keith only called her four months later. Their first date was at Woodstock. She told W magazine that Keith "Picked me up on a motorbike, took me to Woodstock. My kind of guy." Within a month, she was sure that he was the one.
Despite being serious about each other, they kept a low profile about their relationship. Nicole told Vanity Fair, "We were very, very quiet about it, and we managed to get through a long period of time without people knowing about us—which is pretty much our style still." The couple eventually got married in June 2006 in Sydney.
The long-lasting marriage should have been perfect from the beginning, but a few months in, Nicole had to stage an intervention with some of Keith's friends, which prompted him to leave for rehab in October 2006 to overcome his addiction to alcohol. Nicole said, "It was painful, deeply painful. We were in a very, very, very bad, painful place, and have managed to step through it, and I hope that gives some people some hope who may be in the same place."
Keith told PEOPLE about his decision to enter rehab, saying, "I was going to lose it all. It was like, 'If I don’t choose this moment to do the right thing... all of the things I’m scared of losing, I’m going to lose anyway.'" He spoke of its impact on Nicole, revealing that, "It was very, very hard to have to have her go through that," as she skipped out on a promotional tour to be with him. After 90 days there, Keith finally checked out in January 2007 a man in recovery.
The experience only strengthened their bond as a couple. In 2008, the couple welcomed their first child together, Sunday Rose, and added another one in 2010, a daughter they called Faith Margaret. Nicole was by Keith's side when he went through vocal surgery in 2012. He told Rolling Stone, "I had Nic with me—she was such a rock. That helped hugely. She came all the way up to Boston, where I had the surgery, and she was with me the whole way."
In 2013, Keith revealed on Ellen that he and Nicole called each other every day, and never texted each other, apart from the occasional sext. In 2014, Nicole told InStyle about how Keith still managed to keep their spark alive after 8 years of being married. She revealed, "For every single night he's away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship."
Nicole opened up to DuJour in 2015 about the lengths the two of them went to keep their relationship fresh and exciting. She said, "I had an opening of the play three nights ago, and he’s in the middle of a tour in the States. I said, ‘It’s too much for you to have to fly all the way back, don’t worry,’ and he said, ‘I’m flying.’ He flew 10 hours to come and be with me for the night, and then he flew back and did a gig. That for me is love in action."
Keith has had Nicole join him on his tour bus as he traveled across America for gigs, which is where they spent their ninth wedding anniversary - on tour in Michigan. In 2016, they celebrated ten years together. In fact, their celebration wasn't only on their anniversary, as Nicole told E! News, "We actually said we're going to celebrate all year." Keith added, "We just feel incredibly lucky."
However, despite their amazing ability to stay connected and in love over the past decade, there have been signs of trouble brewing in paradise in the past year.
In December 2017, it was reported that they listed their $3.45 million Nashville home for sale, amid rumors that Nicole wants to raise their children in Australia, while Keith prefers the comforts of Nashville.
What does the future have in store for the couple? Only time will tell.
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