Keith Urban Recalls Being ‘Nervous’ to Call Nicole Kidman After They Met


Keith City is reminding everybody that he acquired it proper on the subject of his longtime love for Nicole Kidman.

In the course of the nation crooner’s emotional speech honoring his spouse on the star-studded forty ninth AFI Life Achievement Award Gala on Saturday, April 27, City recalled why he was too “nervous” to make a transfer after they first met.

“I used to be attempting to play it cool, however inside I felt like I would snuck into the royal ball just because Nic had such a really otherworldly aura about her,” stated City, 56, remembering when he met Kidman, additionally 56, in January 2005 at a G’Day LA occasion in California.

Nicole Kidman cries throughout Keith City’s speech on April 27.

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“I felt a bit like I used to be assembly a real-life princess,” City added. “And regardless of all of that, I did handle to get her telephone quantity on a tiny piece of paper.”

City carried her quantity in his pocket for every week, often pulling it out to attempt to muster sufficient braveness to name her. 

“I used to be scared. I used to be nervous to name her,” he continued throughout his speech at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. “I did, as you most likely found out, pluck up the braveness to lastly name her.”

The decision went nicely, with the once-nervous City recalling how “this mystic creature” turned out to be “only a wide-eyed, giddy lady from the Sydney suburbs” who’s “totally Aussie by means of and thru,” though she was born in Honolulu. 

The AFI tribute to Kidman, which additionally marked the primary public purple carpet occasion for her and City’s teenage daughters, included different speeches from celeb pals akin to Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts and Zac Efron.

Keith City and Nicole Kidman with their daughters Sunday Rose and Religion Margaret and their niece Sybella Hawley.

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“Everybody’s talking right here tonight goes to speak about Nic’s expertise, and I may simply do this myself,” City stated. “I imply, she actually is among the greats, as Russell Crowe stated, and tonight proves that I’m not only a biased husband.” 

The proud husband went on to debate how Kidman beloved him even when he went to rehab for substance abuse shortly after they acquired married. 

“I do wish to take a possibility to speak about Nic’s coronary heart and her spirit. We acquired married in June, 2006 and barely 4 months into our marriage, my addictions that I’d performed actually nothing about, blew our marriage to smithereens,” City admitted. “And I went into the Betty Ford Middle for 3 months. 4 months into a wedding I’m in rehab for 3 months. I had no thought what was going to occur to us.”

Keith City and Nicole Kidman pose on April 27.

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The story introduced Kidman to tears as she listened within the viewers, alongside her Huge Little Lies costars — Meryl Streep and Witherspoon — and Morgan Freeman, who labored together with her on Lioness.

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“And if you wish to see what love in motion actually seems to be like, give {that a} whirl,” he stated. “Nic pushed by means of each unfavorable voice, I’m certain even a few of her personal. And she or he selected love. And right here we’re tonight, 18 years later.”

Not lengthy after rehab, City launched a tune about Kidman known as “Acquired It Proper This Time,” that includes the heartfelt lyrics, “She believes in me like I’ve been attempting to do, I’m seeing issues I’ve by no means seen earlier than. Ever since she got here into my life, I’ve been a greater man.”


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