Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's relationship was written in the stars long before they met. The singer didn't contact the actress for months due to a personal issue that he had to deal with first.
According to Us Weekly, Nicole Kidman met and got introduced to her future husband, Keith Urban, in 2005. The pair had their initial meeting at the G'Day USA Gala held in Los Angeles.
The event was meant to honor Australians, like Kidman, a native. The "Big Little Lies" actress found herself immediately smitten with the country singer from that first meeting.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban during the Australian Open on January 24, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia, and the actress on her wedding day on June 25, 2006, in Australia. | Source: James D. Morgan & Fairfax Media/Getty Images
However, Urban took a little longer to warm up to his feelings. In 2017, the actress discussed, while being interviewed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," how she felt that day and how long the singer took to get back to her, saying:
“I remember thinking, I had such a crush on him, and he wasn’t interested in me. It’s true! He didn’t call me for four months.”
Ironically, the duo got to take a photo together at the event. While speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Kidman shared the first photo with the singer and described it as the "craziest thing" to have.
She explained that someone had taken the image and sent it to them. The picture, which was taken minutes after the pair were introduced, was shared by Urban on June 25, 2016, for their wedding anniversary.
NICOLE REALIZED KEITH WAS MEANT FOR HER
In September 2021, Kidman appeared virtually on "The Tonight Show" and opened up about the moment she knew Urban was the one for her. When her birthday came around, the duo was already dating.
On the day, the actress came out of her New York apartment at 5 a.m. and found Urban sitting on the stoop. Besides waking up super early to surprise her on her special day, the singer had also brought her flowers!
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2008. | Source: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images
The "Nine Perfect Strangers" star confessed that it was the moment she knew she truly loved him. She led with her heart by responding to the flowers by saying yes, she would marry him!
The show's host, Jimmy Fallon, also noted how New York was a special place for the actress. He revealed that it was the city where Kidman got engaged to Urban.
The Oscar Award-winning actress and the country music star tied the knot in June 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Their wedding was held at Manly's Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on St. Patrick's Estate.
The 30-minute candlelit ceremony was held at sundown and attended by close family and some celebrities. People like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Rupert Murdoch, and Naomi Watts attended.
The "Bewitched" actress wore a wedding gown by Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere. Her reception was held on the estate's grounds, with People reporting that Jackman performed at the event.
He allegedly sang with Crowded House's Neil Finn at the after-party. The event had a "passion" theme with decorations of red roses on tables and red carnations on chandeliers.
THE MARRIAGE'S FIRST BIG HURDLE
In October 2006, Urban checked himself into a rehabilitation treatment center with his wife by his side at an undisclosed location. In a statement, the singer shared his regret for any pain caused.
The "God Whispered Your Name" singer said he deeply regretted the hurt his actions had caused those who loved and supported him, especially his wife. He explained that he'd let his guard down while in recovery when he shouldn't have.
However, Urban expressed his determination to come out of it positively. Paul Freundlich, the singer's publicist, confirmed that the star was being treated for alcohol abuse.
According to Brides, Kidman was the one who staged an intervention for her husband, leading to him spending three months at an in-patient facility. The singer had an addiction problem that landed him in rehabilitation twice before, following relapses.
In 2016, while speaking to Rolling Stone, Urban admitted that he'd caused a rift in his new marriage. He said it was a miracle it had survived, and that was due to the success of his treatment.
The star also credited his then-new wife for helping him get better. He noted how due to her, for the first time in his life, he was finally able to shake off the shackles of his addiction.
Urban confessed to the publication that he came out of rehabilitation with a renewed dedication to his sobriety because of his wife. He explained how he'd felt "spiritually awoken" with Kidman.
The country star said the expression he used to describe what he meant was that he "was born into her." Later in their marriage, Urban was able to take the lead and support his wife when she needed him the most.
LEANING ON HER HUSBAND FOR SUPPORT
In September 2014, Kidman lost her father, Antony, and confessed that she was healing through her grief with her ''amazing'' husband's help. The actress noted how good Urban had been for the past nine years but that he'd carried her during the last month.
He [Keith Urban] would look at it and think he didn’t know what he’d say if she [Nicole Kidman] answered.
She admitted that the singer had stepped up after her loss, making her cry. Kidman said being physically carried by her partner because of how devastated she was, made her feel like she could do anything for him.
KEITH SAID MEETING NICOLE WAS LIKE A "CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS"
In July 2018, Urban opened up about why he didn't call Kidman back in 2005. While being interviewed by Andrew Denton, the famous country musician explained:
"I thought she was way out of my league. Of course” and “I'd never have thought she’d see anything in a guy like me.”
He said never in his wildest imaginations did he think someone like the actress could be interested in him. Kidman's husband said that when he met the "The Stepford Wives" star, he wasn't in a healthy space and didn't have the confidence to act.
Urban got the "Cold Mountain" actress's number after someone gave it to him, and he kept it in his pocket for a while. He would look at it and think he didn't know what he'd say if she answered.
The couple is now parents to two children - Sunday Rose and Faith Margeret. After being together in a happy marriage for 15 years, Kidman said the secret to their long-term relationship was always making time for one another.