Ni­cole’s fears for Keith


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Ni­cole Kid­man is bat­tling to stop hus­band Keith Ur­ban from spi­ralling into a shock drug re­lapse af­ter a string of dev­as­tat­ing events that have left him des­per­ately on edge.

The Aussie singer is be­lieved to be tak­ing the re­cent deaths of two close friends and fel­low coun­try mu­sic stars ‘very hard’, and af­ter not be­ing asked back on the TV show Amer­i­can Idol af­ter four years, he feels gut­ted.

While Keith put on a brave face at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val with wife Ni­cole Kid­man last week, he’s be­lieved to be bat­tling with the bad news behind closed doors – lead­ing to a wave of con­cern for his well­be­ing.

‘Ni­cole is be­side her­self with worry,’ says the source.

‘When Keith’s dad died last year, ev­ery­one was con­cerned for Keith – but he stayed strong and re­ally stayed on the straight and nar­row. But now that he’s been hit with so much sad­ness and dis­ap­point­ment in just one week, Ni­cole is wor­ried that it’s go­ing to push him over the edge.

‘Keith’s been very open about his past prob­lems with se­ri­ous drug and co­caine ad­dic­tion, and he wants to stay sober. But with so much neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing him, it’s un­der­stand­able that ev­ery­one is con­cerned that he may slip up.’

Keith’s world was turned up­side down with the re­cent deaths of his very good friends Troy Gen­try and Don Wil­liams, both on the same day.

Fel­low coun­try singer Troy died when a he­li­copter he was fly­ing in crashed on Septem­ber 8, lead­ing Keith, 49, to make a heart­felt state­ment about his close mate. Hours later on the very same day, it was re­vealed that leg­endary per­former Don – an idol and men­tor for Keith – sadly passed away fol­low­ing a short ill­ness, leav­ing Keith clearly dis­tressed.

‘I can­not put into words the depth of sad­ness I feel right

now,’ fa­ther-of-two Keith emo­tion­ally stated on so­cial me­dia about the loss.

It fol­lows on from the death of coun­try leg­end Glen Camp­bell last month, a friend so close that it lead mu­sic bible Rolling Stone to write that ‘few were af­fected so acutely by the loss as Keith Ur­ban’.

Then on Septem­ber 11, Keith re­vealed his lat­est heart­break – he hadn’t been asked to come back on Amer­i­can Idol when it re­turns to US screens next year. And it’s news that’s sure to leave a big hole in Keith’s heart.

‘It be­came some­thing more than I ex­pected,’ Keith re­cently re­vealed of the show. ‘There’s a gen­uinely fam­ily vibe on the show and I felt part of that im­me­di­ately... that’s what I’m go­ing to miss the most.’

Now Ni­cole, 50, is fear­ing the worst for Keith, who has al­ready done two stints in re­hab to treat his se­ri­ous drug ad­dic­tion – the first in 1998 and then again in 2006, just four months af­ter he and Ni­cole were mar­ried.

Be­fore his most re­cent re­hab visit, Keith re­vealed: ‘I deeply re­gret the hurt this has caused Ni­cole and the ones who love and sup­port me. One can never let one’s guard down on re­cov­ery, and I’m afraid that I have.’

Adds a source: ‘Ni­cole and Keith both know that his ad­dic­tion is­sues can rear their ugly head at any time and so she’s al­ways on the look­out for warn­ing signs.

‘Hav­ing four pieces of dev­as­tat­ing news within the one month is a def­i­nite con­cern, so she’s mon­i­tor­ing Keith very closely. She’s de­ter­mined to keep him sober and happy.’

‘I deeply re­gret the hurt this has caused Ni­cole... one can never let one’s guard down... I’m afraid that I have’

Ni­cole is wor­ried the singer’s so­bri­ety will slip af­ter the pass­ing of his two friends re­cently (right).

The Hol­ly­wood cou­ple put on a brave face in public at last week’s Toronto Film Fes­ti­val. SHAKY GROUND Keith was gut­ted not to be in­vited back to Amer­i­can Idol, here with fel­low judges Jen­nifer Lopez and Harry Con­nick Jr.

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