The music history books are filled with stories of the tragic
endings of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Keith Moon, Sid Vicious
and Amy Winehouse. Just a short time ago fans, family and friends
were worried that American Idol judge and country music legend
Keith Urban was headed the way of other troubled musicians with
his addiction to cocaine and alcohol. But the country singer is
now in his seventh year in sobriety. After several attempts at
rehab, just what is the secret to him beating his addiction?
Keith is very open about crediting the support of his wife Nicole
Kidman for helping him battle his personal demons. The couple
met in 2005 and secretly dated before tying the knot in the summer
of 2006. Just four months into their marriage, a worried Kidman
with the help of family and friends staged an intervention to
persuade the country star to return to rehab.
Despite his fear that a stay in rehab may cause him to lose his
new wife and end his new marriage, Urban recognized he had gone
off the rails and went straight into a 90 day stay at the Betty
Ford Clinic, cancelling commitments and part of a scheduled tour
but he hasn't looked back since.
Faith During Sunday ...
He is quoted as saying that after that rehab stay, this time
sobriety feels different thanks to the love and support he received
and is still enjoying from his wife and two daughters, Sunday
Rose aged four and Faith Margaret who is almost two. It hasn't
all been plain sailing with both Urban and Kidman juggling to
maintain their very successful careers with family life and conception
problems when trying for a second child, meaning that they had
Faith born via a surrogate.
However Urban is seen as being a very hands-on dad, taking a
great satisfaction from fatherhood. He admits he leads a healthier
lifestyle than ever before, with the physical demands of gigs
helping him to keep in a fit enough condition to thoroughly enjoy
playtime with the girls. Although his gig schedule does sometimes
cause him a lack of sleep with having active children who can
be up and ready to play at 6am.
Bourbon Cowboy ...
Keith Urban has sold over 12 million copies of his albums and
he dedicated one album to his wife with an open letter of thanks
for the love she has helped him to experience and reciprocate,
their family and that she makes him to improve himself. Urban
recognizes that you cannot change for a person but admits feeling
the degree of love and support was something he had never experienced
before and it was that which filled the hole he previously filled
by cocaine, drugs and alcohol.
Urban and Kidman live with their children in Nashville, where
they can enjoy a quieter life with the relatively normal tasks
of grocery shopping, play dates, church and hiking, away from
the glitz, glamor and paparazzi of a Hollywood lifestyle. The
couple has chosen a private and more peaceful existence to appreciate
their family unit.