Keith Urban shares how Nicole Kidman saved his life

When he wrote the lyrics 'thank you for my life,' he really meant it.
April 18, 2022 11:51 a.m. EST
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“One Too Many” singer Keith Urban is sharing in a new interview how Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, who also happens to be his wife, saved his life after his longtime struggles with alcohol and drug addiction.

Speaking with The Sunday Times, Keith admits that it was at Nicole’s insistence that he went to rehab after they married in 2006, and she offered him stabilizing unconditional love during his journey to sobriety.

“I don’t talk a lot about it because I love my audience being able to just come and have a great time," he said of his past demons. "I’ve nothing against drugs or alcohol."

But reiterated to the outlet  that his 2009 ballad, "Thank You,” is specifically about Kidman and was intended to honour her companionship and support, especially when he sings the lyrics,  “I thank you for my life.”

After his stint in rehab in 2006, which came just four months after he and the actress wed, he says he had to relearn how to be a creative person again without relying on substances.

“I had to find a different way to be in the world,” he explained. “I’m glad it didn’t change anything about my music. I wrote plenty of hit songs while drunk. I wrote plenty sober. I feel lucky it hasn’t defined my creativity.”

This isn’t the first time Keith has gushed to the media about the Meet the Ricardos actress being instrumental in saving him from substances. In 2010, during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host asked him point blank, “You kind of credit her for saving your life?" to which he replied, "Yeah, absolutely." 

He went on to say then that he wasn’t even aware of the extent of his addictions at the time.

“I think the truth is that I wasn’t aware of just where it was at in my life and how it was just going to come down and take me down like it did,” he told Ellen. “I was probably in such a place of denial that I consciously wasn’t aware of it.” He then called Nicole remarkable and added that her support was “beautiful.”

The "Blue Ain't Your Color" singer also gushed about his super star wife again in 2016 during the reception for his Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, Keith Urban So Far.

“In so many ways, it was the most powerful act of love in reaching into the fire and pulling me out," he said. "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.”

Now Keith is able to joke about his past demons, as he tells The Sunday Times that he likes to joke that alcohol is just an allergy. “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!'”

In 2021, Keith celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary to the “Eyes Wide Shut” star, posting on Instagram a personal photo of them embracing, and captioning it, “my life started when you said ‘I do.’”

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