‘Hey Rusty, she’s mine!’ Keith stakes his claim

Keith is see­ing red af­ter the ac­tor speaks out about his love for Nicole

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

He’s known for his good na­ture, but when it comes to love, coun­try crooner Keith Ur­ban is more than will­ing to put on his box­ing gloves to pro­tect his cor­ner. The 50-year-old fa­ther-of-two is fum­ing over Russell Crowe’s “in­fat­u­a­tion” with his wife Nicole Kid­man. Last week Woman’s Day re­ported on the close bond Rusty, 54, and Nic formed while shoot­ing their lat­est movie, Boy Erased, with the Gla­di­a­tor great gush­ing about his love for Nic in press in­ter­views. In one con­fes­sion, the Kiwi-born Os­car win­ner even said he’d al­ways fan­ta­sised about be­ing mar­ried to Nicole, while prais­ing her “com­pelling” per­son­al­ity and “seam­less” act­ing. Now, it ap­pears his con­fes­sions have stirred an an­gry re­ac­tion from Keith, who’s feel­ing un­easy about see­ing an­other man drool­ing over his wife of 12 years.

“Keith’s a mel­low, pa­tient guy and he’s happy for Nic and Russell to be friends, but some of the com­ments Russell’s been mak­ing have been way over the top,” a close in­sider tells Woman’s Day.

“In Keith’s mind there’s a line that can be crossed and he’d ap­pre­ci­ate it if Russell toned things down a notch or two.”

While Nicole’s been a dot­ing wife to Keith, she’s been noth­ing but pos­i­tive in her com­ments about her old friend Russell.

“Nicole is bub­bly and gra­cious around her co-stars, and Keith wouldn’t change that in a mil­lion years,” a source says.

“He knows he’s the luck­i­est man on earth to be mar­ried to Nicole and dad to their two chil­dren. He trusts Russell’s a gen­tle­man and knows he’d never do any­thing un­to­ward with Nic – or any mar­ried woman for that mat­ter. But he’s got a pro­tec­tive streak and wants him to cool it with the pub­lic dec­la­ra­tions of love.”

Russell says he is “spell­bound” by Nicole. Keith wants the ac­tor to tone things down.

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