Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban's Long-Lasting Marriage
Nicole Kidman and her husband, country singer Keith Urban have been married since 2006. They've survived everything from the pressures of Hollywood to Keith's drug abuse issues.
With two daughters, Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 8, together and a long list of awards between them, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman seem to be a match made in heaven. However, it wasn't always smooth sailing.
They have had their fair share of marriage and relationship trials over the years. However, they have managed to come through all the ups and downs stronger each time.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban met in 2005
The stunning actress first met the country music star at the 2005 G'Day USA gala. According to Kidman, it was a classic tale of girl-meets-boy but Urban was not interested in her at the time, however, Urban contradicts her claim.
"I remember thinking, I had such a crush on him, and he wasn't interested in me," Kidman told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017. "It's true! He didn't call me for four months."
Urban later revealed it was not disinterested that held him back. Instead, he revealed he was simply not confident enough to approach her at the time.
"Somebody had given me her number and I had it in my pocket for a while. I kept looking at it thinking, 'If I call this number, she's going to answer. I don't know what [to] say'," the singer said in 2018.
"I wasn’t in a very healthy place in my life," he continued. "I'd never have thought she’d see anything in a guy like me. But at some point, I plucked up the courage to call those numbers and she answered, and we started talking and we talked and talked and talked and talked and it was effortless."
When Kidman Realized She Wanted to Marry Him
When he eventually plucked up the courage and they started dating, Kidman reveals she knew she wanted to marry him. She claims she realized he was the one less than six months into their relationship.
The Oscar-winner apparently had the realization on the morning of her 38th birthday. Urbansurprised her at home with flowers before taking her on a trip to Woodstock, New York.
"I believed by that point he was the love of my life," Kidman said. "Maybe that’s because I am deeply romantic, or I’m an actress, or I have strong faith as well, but I just believed, ‘Oh, okay, here he is.'"
Tying the Knot in 2006
On June 25, 2006, shortly after Kidman's epiphany, the couple tied the knot. The ceremony was held at a church in the northern Sydney suburb of Manly, Australia.
Amongst the 230 guests were Russell Crowe, Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, and Kidman's best friend Naomi Watts. Hugh Jackman and Crowded House vocalist Neil Finn formed part of the entertainment for the evening.
The Bump in Their Road to Happiness
Unfortunately, just months after their blissful wedding, the couple were forced to face an ugly reality. Urban's addiction to cocaine, MDMA, and alcohol abuse forced raised it's ugly head again.
Kidman staged an intervention in 2006 and Urban was forced to seek out treatment in October 2006. He spent three months of their first year of marriage at a facility to get clean. He had already been in rehab twice before.
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Urban revealed:
"I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage. It survived, but it’s a miracle it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”
In the same year, he released the song "Got It Right This Time" in the album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing where he spoke about his feelings for Kidman and their relationship. The lyrics read:
"She believes in me like I've been trying to do, I'm seeing things I've never seen before / Ever since she came into my life, I've been a better man..."
Nicole revealed in 2007 in an interview that she felt they were "two very lonely people managed to meet at a time when they could open themselves to each other."
Welcoming their Daughter into the World:
Two years after they married, the couple had their first child together. Sunday Rose Kidman Urban was born in Nashville on July 7, 2008.
Sunday is Kidman's third child as she had already adopted two previous children, Isabella, 26, and son Conner, 24 when she was married to Tom Cruise. She had decided to adopt after suffering two miscarriages.
The ecstatic new parents decided to name firstborn after the Australian art patron and muse Sunday Reed. Her second name was a tribute to Urban's grandmother Rose.
Having their Second Daughter via Surrogate.
Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born in Nashville in 2011. The couple chose a gestational carrier to have their second child.
"Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the couple announced in a 2011.
Kidman suffered from fertility issues both before and during her marriage to Urban. She once revealed that she wished "I could have met [Keith] much earlier and had way more children with him, but I didn't. I mean, if I could have had two more children with him, that would have been just glorious."
The Secret to Their Happy Marriage.
People Magazine recently revealed the secret to the couple's long-lasting relationship. According to the magazine, the couple shares a life mantra, celebrate each other's achievements, constantly challenge each other, support each other and always try to keep their relationship fresh.
They confide in each other and make sure they're both on the same page. Nicole also revealed that they follow the advice of their family priest.
"The greatest thing our family priest told us very early on in our marriage was, 'Always kiss hello and kiss goodbye.' It just keeps you connected," said Kidman.