Keith Urban praised his wife of nearly 16 years, Nicole Kidmanfor helping him stay on the path to sobriety.
The New Zealand-born singer spoke fondly of the Australian actress in a new interview with The suntelling the UK outlet that he voluntarily gave up the party lifestyle once he met Kidman.
“I would like to stay married!” joked the 54-year-old, before adopting a serious tone. “I guess I used to do one thing where I worked out the ramifications of whatever I was doing and then decided if it was worth it – and most of the time I decided it was going to be despite the problems it would cause.”
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“I would say, ‘I know it’s going to cause this problem, but it’s going to be damn fun. At night, me, I hate the day, that’s so true,” he admitted. “But the next morning, at night, I’m nowhere to be found — he’s totally irresponsible.”
These days, with Kidman and their two daughters by his side – Sunday, 13, and Faith, 11 – Urban says he doesn’t “do anything religiously to live healthier”, he just does what’s right for him and his family.
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“I’m just doing what I have to so I can live the life I want to live. Nothing more, nothing less,” he said. “I want to be able to play for hours on stage effortlessly and feel great the next day.”
It was the party lifestyle he lived earlier in life that led to addictions and a few stints in rehab for the country music star. His last stint in rehab was in 2006 when he checked into the Betty Ford Center in California.
It happened just four months after her marriage to Kidman – and it was the actress who was instrumental in her recovery.
“I was very, very lucky that Nic called an intervention on me. I had a small group of friends around me for the intervention,” Urban would later say. rolling stone in 2014.
“I didn’t care about anything other than turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took to do it. And I left.”
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As for Kidman, 54, there was no doubt that she would support her man.
“I learned a lot from having a relationship with someone who is recovering,” she said. vanity lounge in 2013. “I’m more than willing to walk with him. We’re both very committed to our relationship.”
“It was just another twist in my life: here we go. Wait, here we go!” She smiled.
“But it was painful, deeply painful. We were in a very, very, very bad, painful place, and we got through it, and I hope that gives hope to some people who might be at the same place.”
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