Keith Urban struggled with his sobriety before leaving the partying lifestyle behind to start a family with wife Nicole Kidman. And now the country singer has admitted his marriage is a major factor in remaining sober and keeping out of trouble. ‘I’d like to stay married!’ the 54-year-old told The Sun this week. ‘These days I don’t do anything religiously to stay healthy,’ he continued. ‘I just do what I have to so that I can live the life I want to live. Nothing more, nothing less.’
Keith said staying on top of his successful career, which includes touring, releasing music, and working as a mentor on The Voice Australia, helps him stay sober too. ‘I want to be able to play for hours on stage effortlessly, and still feel good the next day,’ he said. Keith recently recalled the moment his wife Nicole staged an intervention for his addiction issues, in an extract from the book Keith Urban by Jeff Apter. The country music superstar checked himself into the Betty Ford Center at Rancho Mirage, California, in October 2006, following a boozy bender while on tour.
Keith told Rolling Stone magazine back in 2016 that he would have understood if Nicole, 54, chose to leave him, as the couple had only married that year. ‘I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me,’ Keith said, adding that his reckless behaviour ’caused the implosion of my fresh marriage’.
He also reflected on the intervention with Oprah Winfrey, admitting to the famed talk show host that he ‘went off the rails’ and ‘needed help and a new direction’ in his life.Nicole, who was working in Rome at the time of his bender, flew back to the States and rounded up his friends to stage an intervention.
‘The love in that room in that moment was just right,’ Keith told Oprah. ‘To see love in action in that way… I’d never experienced anything like that before.’ Keith has been open about his past struggles with alcohol addiction, and revealed at the South By Southwest conference in Texas in 2018 that he wished he’d got sober earlier in his life.
Rehab: The country music superstar checked himself into the Betty Ford Center at Rancho Mirage, California, in October 2006. Keith told Rolling Stone magazine back in 2016 that he would have understood if Nicole chose to leave him, as the couple had only married that year
‘I wish I’d gotten sober many years earlier than I did, but it is what it is,’ he said. ‘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.’ Keith also admitted he ‘sucked at relationships’ prior to meeting Nicole, and that his song lyrics about love were far from his reality. Keith and Nicole met in 2005 and tied the knot a year later. They are parents to daughters Sunday Rose, 13, and Faith Margaret, 11.