Country rocker Keith Urban recently opened up to The Sun about his continued sobriety. He credits it to his wife of 16 years, Nicole Kidman. Keith also credits his sober state to the two daughters he shares with Nicole, Sunday Rose, 13, and Faith Margaret, 11.
“Life is very different nowadays. I’m trying to set a good example for the kids, but I still don’t know if I’m getting it right.”
Keith’s been in and out of rehab for his binge drinking and drug use. He credits the fact that his wife decided to stay with him and love him through his addictions is ultimately what has given him strength over the years.
On the old days, Keith admits to The Sun, “I guess I used to do a thing where I’d work out the ramifications of whatever I did and then decide whether it was worth it — and most of the time I decided it was going to be despite the problems it would cause. I’d go, ‘I know this is going to cause this issue, but it will be bloody fun. Night-time me hates daytime me, it’s so true. But the next morning night-time me is nowhere to be found — he’s totally unaccountable… I have made so many mistakes.”
“’I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me,” Keith confided, calling it “love in action.”
Keith said that his drug and alcohol addiction “caused the implosion of [his] fresh marriage.” He elaborated, “I wasn’t in any recovery program of any sort. I wasn’t in AA. I didn’t have a sponsor. I didn’t have anything. Meeting Nic and falling in love with Nic and starting a relationship with Nic became—I realize now in hindsight—my sobriety. That was how I was able to keep it together.”
Nicole apparently flew back to the United States from Rome and gathered up his friends to have a discussion with him.
Keith once told Oprah Winfrey that in that the intervention “was really a profound moment in so many ways. Then, the way in which Nic handled that moment was just perfect… Everything was just designed, I believe, for that moment to fuse us together.”