Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman faced the first test of their marriage when soon after their June 2006 nuptials she staged an intervention after he broke his sobriety.
“I was very, very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I had a tight group of friends around me for the intervention. And off I went,” Urban told the recent issue of Rolling Stone about entering rehab at the Betty Ford Center in October of that year.
“I didn’t give a s*** about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that, the Grammy Award-winning artist and “American Idol” told the magazine.
Urban’s struggles with drugs and alcohol dates back to the 90s during his stint with the band The Ranch. “I liked to get crazy after the gig and when I would do lots of drugs is when I was home off the road,” he told Rolling Stone. “If we were home for five days, I’d be f***ed up most of the time.”
The 46-year-old Aussie went to rehab for the first time in 1998. Eight years sober, he fell off the wagon when his new bride was away filming in Kosovo.
“I would find myself feeling very alone, very lost, and vulnerable to my old ways,” he said in the interview.
Now, the pair, who have two daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, never spend more than five days apart and speak several times a day.
“I have a wife who is just from another planet. She is so celestial,” Urban gushed. “I felt like I was just sitting dormant, and she came along and I came to life. I was born into her, so who I am now was waiting the whole time.”