Keith Urban Opens Up About How Nicole Kidman Rescued Him from Addiction

It’s widely known that alcohol and drugs are part of the Hollywood lifestyle. However, for many individuals, this lifestyle can quickly spiral out of control, and without intervention, it can lead to fatal consequences.

Keith Urban battled addiction to alcohol and cocaine, and he attributes his wife, Nicole Kidman, with not only helping him get his life back on track once but multiple times.

Urban, who is 54 years old, had a challenging upbringing with an alcoholic father, which increased his vulnerability to alcohol-related issues.

He acknowledged this influence, stating, “My dad was an alcoholic, so I grew up in an alcoholic house, and it took me a long time to believe I was wired the same way.”

In 1998, the country music superstar entered rehab for the first time, recognizing the need for help. However, he would find himself returning to rehab once again, less than a decade later, in 2006, as his drinking became a concern, particularly while on tour.

Reflecting on his relationship with alcohol, Urban expressed, “Everyone does what they want to do to have a great time. I just realized I’m allergic to it. Someone said, ‘You have an allergy? What happens when you drink?’ And I said, ‘I break out in cuffs.'”

Even though Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had only known each other for a year and were still newlyweds, Kidman stood by Urban’s side and played a crucial role in his recovery.

Urban acknowledged, “I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me,” and he recognized that his addiction could have jeopardized their new marriage.

During a time when Urban was struggling, Kidman was away filming a movie. Despite the distance, she flew home, gathered their friends, and organized an intervention.

He expressed his gratitude, saying, “In many ways, it was the most powerful act of love to step into the fire and pull me out 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 allow me then to do the right thing and come out into the light.”

As a result of this intervention, Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in California in October 2006, and by January 2007, he announced that he had successfully completed his treatment.

He wrote his ballad “Thank You” to express his gratitude for Kidman.

In 2018, Keith Urban expressed a desire to have achieved sobriety earlier, but he acknowledged that “it is what it is.”

He admitted, “I knew I wasn’t at my full potential, and that’s what was starting to get to me. I was enslaved… I was living a very, very small life.”

Despite the challenges they faced, the love and commitment between Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have remained strong. They’ve persevered through thick and thin, never giving up on each other.

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