news | Celebrity | Entertainment | Music

Keith Urban Confesses: I Was “Enslaved” By Alcohol Until Nicole Kidman Saved Me

Nash Country Daily

There are a lot of celebrity couples that just seem like they were made for each other, but none of them measure up to actress Nicole Kidman and her country singer husband, Keith Urban.

Just like the rest of you, I was laughing along as Urban was surprised with a pair of American Music Awards back to back last year.

And just like his fans have come to expect, the singer delivered a heart-melting acceptance speech, thanking Kidman for her support.

But this week the country star revealed his life has not always been so happy, and that he once depended on his wife to rescue him from addiction.

Love At First Sight

AP

As two of the most famous Australians in Hollywood, it's no surprise that Urban and Kidman first crossed paths at an event honoring Australian entertainers.

The actress says she "literally stumbled into" Urban, and they felt a connection right away.

The relationship was the perfect chance for Kidman to start over after her messy divorce from Tom Cruise, and the pair began a whirlwind romance.

Trouble In Paradise

Less than a year after they met, Kidman and Urban were engaged, and began their new life together.

"Meeting her and getting married wasn't life-changing, it was life-beginning," the singer said about their wedding.

"It was literally, like, 'OK, life starts.'"

But just months into their relationship, Urban's inner demons almost tore the couple apart.

"I was enslaved"

Urban's longtime alcohol addiction plagued his marriage to Kidman from the very start.

The singer was balancing alcohol abuse with drugs like cocaine and ecstasy to stay high around the clock.

Cath Muscat

“I'd go to sleep, wake up a couple of hours later, go at it again, drinking to take the edge off," Urban recalls about his life before going sober.

"I knew I wasn't at my full potential, and that's what was starting to get to me. I was enslaved ... I was living a very, very small life."

12 Years Sober

What changed everything was an intervention by Kidman just four months into their marriage.

For the last 12 years, Urban's marriage has helped him stay on the straight and narrow, and the country star isn't afraid of giving his wife all the credit.

“I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression 'I was born into her,' and that's how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction."

The couple, along with their young children Faith and Sunday, keep each other strong.

But Urban isn't the only celebrity who needed a helping hand to beat his addiction.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their own struggles.

"I can't remember a day when I wasn't boozing"

While Kidman was a steady and reliable partner for her husband while he was grappling with addiction, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both faced their own demons.

Jolie admitted she tried "every drug in existence" during her teenage years, when she was living with depression and an eating disorder.

Georges Biard

Meanwhile, Pitt told GQ he couldn't "remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something."

While Pitt gave up "everything except boozing" for his family, he decided to cut out drinking too following his divorce from Jolie.

Family Trouble

Drew Barrymore, who famously started her acting career at only seven years old, later confessed she was drinking by nine and doing drugs by 10.

Barrymore blamed her troubled relationship with her mother for her substance abuse.

She eventually sobered up after moving in with musician David Crosby, who became a mentor to the young actress.

The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson also entered rehab in the '80s, and remembers confessing his addiction to his wife and daughter as "the most difficult moment of my life."

Thankfully Urban and Kidman have each other!

[H/T: Rollling Stone, Southern Living]