Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been married for about 15 years, which, in Hollywood terms, is roughly equivalent to 50 years. But despite their long, dedicated relationship and successful careers in the spotlight, the two manage to keep their private life, well, very private. Still, whenever they do post about each other on social media or attend a red carpet event together, it’s pretty clear that they were made for each other. From their sweet first meeting to the struggles they’ve faced together, here’s what you need to know about Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s relationship.
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban first met in 2005 and quickly fell for each other.
- In June 2006, the two got married in a romantic ceremony in Australia.
- Just a few months after getting married, they went through a bit of a rough patch when Nicole had to set up an intervention for Keith.
- The couple has had two children, a daughter Nicole birthed in 2008 and a daughter Faith Margaret, who was born via surrogate in 2011.
January 15, 2005: First Meeting
About four years after divorcing Tom Cruise in 2001, Nicole met Keith at the 2005 G’Day USA gala. It was as close to love at first sight as it gets, but neither of them thought the other person was interested. In 2017, Nicole told Ellen DeGeneres, “I remember thinking, I had such a crush on him, and he wasn’t interested in me.”
Meanwhile, Keith explained his side on The Oprah Winfrey Show, saying, “I swear to you, she glided across the room, floated. I don’t know how she did it. It was out of this world and there was a split moment where she wasn’t with anybody, and I thought, ‘I’ll just go up and say hi.’” He went on to say they “really clicked” once they started talking, although Nicole maintains that he didn’t call her for four more months.
June 20, 2006: The Moment Nicole Knew He Was the One
By her 38th birthday in 2006, Nicole knew that she wanted to marry Keith. She told People that she figured it out when he surprised her on her birthday by standing on her stoop in New York at 5 a.m. holding gardenias. She said, “That is when I went, ‘This is the man I hope I get to marry.’” She went on to say that the two went on a trip to Woodstock, New York, adding, “It was pretty intense. I believed by that point he was the love of my life. Maybe that’s because I am deeply romantic, or I’m an actress, or I have strong faith as well, but I just believed, ‘Oh, okay, here he is.’”
June 25, 2006: Wedding in Australia
The two made things official when they tied the knot during a romantic wedding ceremony in Manly, Australia. The guest list included celebrities like Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann, and Naomi Watts, and Keith, Hugh Jackman, and Crowded Hour singer Neil Finn performed.
October 2006: First Big Hurdle
Their marriage was tested only a few months after their wedding ceremony when Nicole had to stage an intervention for Keith, who went on to get treatment for addiction and spent three months at an in-patient facility (he had already completed two stays in rehab before that). Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2016, Keith said, “I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage. It survived, but it’s a miracle it did.” He attributed his success in rehab to Nicole, saying, “For the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”
July 7, 2008: Sunday Rose Kidman Urban Is Born
The couple welcomed their first child into the world on July 7, 2008, a girl they named Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. It was their first child together, although Nicole previously adopted two children, Isabella Jane Cruise and Connor Cruise, with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
December 28, 2010: Faith Margaret Kidman Urban Is Born
In a 2011 statement, Nicole and Keith revealed they welcomed their second daughter, Faith Margeret Kidman Urban, saying, “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret.” The baby was born via surrogate, and Nicole later told Vogue she had previously struggled with infertility and wished she could have more children with Keith. 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.”
2014: Keith Is There for Nicole
In 2014, Nicole’s father passed away, and Nicole told Ellen DeGeneres that Keith was there to help her get through the loss. “He has been so good to me for nine years, but for the last sort of month—which has been a really tough time for me—when you have your partner who just literally carries you through a tough time, he’s been amazing to me,” she said. “To have my husband to step up in that way, it makes me cry. He’s amazing. I will keep him. I’ll do anything for that man.”
October 24, 2018: Secret to a Happy Marriage
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Nicole revealed that their secret to a happy marriage is to always make time for one another. She said that when she’s not working, she dedicates herself to her family, adding, “Keith and I are very good at immediately clicking off because we have a really good life in Nashville that’s very simple, quiet, and nourishing because we’ve made it like that.”
March 2019: A Song for Nicole
When it comes to being in a happy marriage, it probably doesn’t hurt to have some romance here and there...and Keith certainly knows how to keep things romantic, because what could be sweeter than having the person you love write a song for you? In an interview with iNews, Keith revealed that the lyrics in his 2018 song “Gemini” are about Nicole. “The song is actually about Nicole—and she loves it,” he said. “It’s a fun song. My co-writer Julia Michaels asked me to describe Nicole and that’s what came out.”
January 4, 2020: Wildfire Threat
According to Us Weekly, Nicole was visibly upset at a Golden Globes event in early January 2020 after learning that the Australian home that she shares with Urban was under threat of the rampant wildfires. She was holding back tears on the red carpet and was crying when she arrived. She later told Extra that their home was okay, and the couple donated $500,000 to relief efforts.
February 28, 2021: A Rare Family Appearance
During the virtual Golden Globes on February 28, 2021, Nicole and Keith made a rare appearance with their young daughters Sunday Rose, 12, and Faith Margaret, 10. The family-of-four appeared on the broadcast sitting on a couch inside their home as Nicole was nominated for her role in the HBO series The Undoing.