Rumors About A Rocky Marriage Led Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban To Do Something Romantically Unexpected

Actress Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban were married in 2006. Not long after, it seemed as though their love was on the rocks. That is until Keith asked his wife to do something totally unexpected.

Through rehab, busy schedules, and raising a family together, keep reading to learn about the one thing that brought these two closer than ever.

Rumors Follow The Famous Couple

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Even though actress Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban have been married since 2006, the two stars can’t seem to get away from rumors surrounding their relationship. Gossip seems to follow the two, primarily regarding the health of their marriage.

In response to the swirling lies, the couple did something totally unexpected.

It Was Kind Of Love At First Sight

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Kidman and Urban met in 2005, during the annual G’Day LA event honoring Australians living in the United States. The actress fell for the singer right away but wasn’t sure how he felt about her.

During an interview on Ellen, Kidman said, “I’m like, ‘You didn’t love me at first sight, you didn’t notice me,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes I did, but I just didn’t let on.'”

They Fell Hard And Fast

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It took some time, but Kidman said that Urban wound up calling her four months after their initial meeting. They fell hard for one another and became engaged in the spring of 2006.

A lot of people thought the pair was moving too quickly and everything was going to fall apart. But they were set to prove those people wrong.

Kidman Likes Getting Married Then Getting To Know A Person

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In 2014, Kidman spoke to Elle magazine about the engagement and how it might have seemed quick to outsiders but, to her, it was the most natural thing in the world.

During the interview, she said, “I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other. I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it’s a more natural process.”

They Said “I Do” On June 25, 2006

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The rumors swirling around their engagement didn’t deter Kidman and Urban from getting married. On June 25, 2006, the two stars said “I do” in Sydney, Australia, in front of their friends and family.

But their honeymoon phase did not last long. Soon after their wedding, the couple faced difficult times.

Urban Went To A Rehabilitation Center

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Urban had been battling some personal addiction issues around the time of the marriage, something that became very prevalent once he married Kidman. In October of 2006, Urban admitted himself into the Betty Ford Center, a rehabilitation center that would help him with his issues.

Kidman was fully ready to support her husband.

Kidman Was There To Support Her Husband

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While many people thought Kidman was going to bail on her new marriage, she did the opposite. Kidman was fully devoted to making their marriage work. She even cut a promotional trip short to fly home and support her husband while he was at the center.

Even so, it was a difficult time for the couple.

It Was A Very Difficult Time For Both Of Them

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Kidman was there for Urban, but it wasn’t easy for either of them. During an interview with People magazine, Urban spoke of the time, saying, “You can choose life, or you can go the other way… It’s not a matter of all the intricate stuff in between. It’s just life or no life.”

“It was very, very hard to have to have her go through that.”

After 90 Days, Urban Checked Out

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It might have been a difficult time, but the two stars made it through. And 90 days after he first admitted himself into the rehabilitation center, Urban was able to check out.

Now, the two were about to move forward in their marriage, with Urban fully committed to his family.

They Welcomed Their First Daughter In 2008

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A lot of people thought those few months were going to be the downfall of the couple. They were away from each other, and Urban was battling some of his own demons. They got through it, though.

And, in 2008, they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. Then, in 2010, a second daughter joined the family, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban.

Kidman Gave Another Man A Kiss

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Everything seemed to be going well for the Kidman Urban family. That is until a little mishap at the Emmy Awards show in 2017.

Rumors began to swirl that their marriage was on the rocks after Kidman gave her Big Little Lies co-star Alexander Skarsgård a kiss on then lips.

An Insider Had A Thing Or Two To Say

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The kiss brought forth a bunch of insiders who had a thing or two to say about the kiss, especially how Urban felt about the action. One insider actually said Urban felt as though his wife was “disrespecting and humiliating him.”

Of course, Kidman had something to say to that insider.

It Was A Friendly Kiss That Meant Nothing

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During an interview on The Graham Norton Show, Kidman addressed the kiss. She said, “I’ve got an amazing, supportive, gorgeous husband who I love more than anything in the world. And I gave Alex a congratulatory kiss, and he’s like a mannequin.”

Apparently, the kiss was just friendly and meant nothing.

The Unexpected Twist: Renewing Their Wedding Vows

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Fans of the two stars were happy to hear that kiss was nothing more than a friendly congratulations. What they didn’t expect, though, was for the pair to go off and renew their wedding vows!

After a lot of speculation surrounding their marriage, it was the last thing anyone expected the couple to do.

Urban Can’t Live Without Kidman

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According to an insider, the renewal was pretty vital to the couple’s relationship. During an interview with Ins Touch Weekly, the insider said, “[Urban] has realized that he can’t live without Nicole and has asked her to renew their vows.”

They went on to say that Kidman thought it was a great idea.

It Was A Very Intimate Ceremony

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Unlike their wedding, Kidman and Urban wanted their vow renewal to be a small and intimate ceremony. Only their closest friends and family were going to be invited. It was something they wanted to do for themselves.

According to the insider, “t’s going to be very low-key and very romantic.”

They Were Ready To Move Forward

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For Kidman and Urban, renewing their vows was their way of wiping the slate clean. They wanted to put all of their relationship issues behind them, including all of the gossip and rumors.

They were ready to move forward, and this was the perfect way to symbolize their love for one another.

It Was A Strange Initial Meeting

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It was a very unexpected turn of events. But Kidman and Urban had a strong love for one another and wanted to put the rumors to rest and move on with their marriage.

According to Kidman, it hasn’t been easy. Their initial meeting was during a strange time in both of their lives.

A Mixture Of Frightened And Brave

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During an interview with Vanity Fair, Kidman explained how she met Urban at a strange time in their lives. She said, “I think we were two lonely people.”

“I would probably say that two very lonely people managed to meet at a time when they could open themselves to each other. We were a mixture of frightened and brave.”

Urban Thinks Something Is Bringing Them Together

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Urban even discussed being brave with his wife while speaking to representatives from People magazine. During the interview, the singer said, “She said early on that she wanted to be brave with me.”

“I feel there was something else at work, bringing us together and then just continuing to watch over us.”

The Whole Family Attended the Golden Globes, Virtually

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After renewing their vows, Kidman and Urban decided that they were going to take the time to work on their family.

In fact, Kidman decided her entire family was going to be on the Zoom call when she was called for her Best Actress nomination at the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony.

A Public Family Appearance Was Very Rare

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While Kidman didn’t win the Golden Globe, people were amazed to see her, Urban, and their two daughters on screen. The two stars were typically very private when it came to their children; Sunday and Faith were rarely seen in public!

According to Kidman, her family means the world to her.

Kidman Didn’t Think They’d Have Kids Together

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During an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Kidman spoke of having children with Urban, something she didn’t think was going to be possible. She said, “To have met Keith just before I turned 40 and to be able to have Sunny and Fifi with him, what a beautiful, unexpected turn of events for me.”

“I wanted it, and I dreamed of it, but I had no idea if it was actually going to happen.”

Kidman Wishes They Met Sooner

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Speaking of having children, Kidman discussed during an interview with Vogue magazine her wish to have met Urban sooner. She said, “I wish 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.”

Kidman’s Happy Place Is With Her Family

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Kidman loves being with her family and is a huge homebody, preferring to stay with her family than go out with friends during the weekends. During an interview with InStyle magazine, the actress said, ” I want to be with my children and my husband.”

“I’m an introvert, so my nature is very quiet, and I prefer being home.”

They Don’t Want To Be Helicopter Parents

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The actress loves being a parent with Urban, but there are some fine lines they have to set to keep their daughters grounded. During an interview with Loose Women, Kidman was asked what their parenting style entails.

She said, “I think it’s keeping their confidence and their self-esteem intact. And still guiding them, not being overbearing, trying not to ‘helicopter parent.'”

She Loves Watching Her Daughters Grow

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Even though parenting isn’t an easy job, especially with her busy schedule, Kidman wouldn’t change it for the world. She loves being a parent.

During an interview, she spoke of parenting her daughters, saying, “It’s a joy, it’s a joy having these beautiful little women that are growing up, and I’m discovering them day by day. I love it.”

The Girls Are Following In Their Mother’s Footsteps

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Kidman and Urban enjoy watching their daughters discover the art of acting, which they have both taken to. The young girls are following in their mother’s footsteps and have begun appearing on some of her shows as extras.

Both Sunday and Faith even appeared on the critically acclaimed series Big Little Lies.

Kidman Loves Bringing Her Daughters To Work

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During an interview on Good Morning America, Kidman explained how she loved her daughters going to work with her and how they’re getting interested in the industry.

She said, “There’s something wonderful about bringing your children to work, and them seeing what you do, and them being a part of it, and being interested and curious and feeling like it’s theirs as well.”

The Family Is In A Very Good Place

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After everything Kidman and Urban had been through, renewing their wedding vows has launched them into a whole new depth of their relationship. Raising their children and being a close family comes first.

They finally put the rumors and gossip behind them and have moved on with their marriage with their two daughters.