KEITH WALKS OUT ON NICOLE!
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s marriage suffers another crushing blow when he moves into a hotel
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban held hands nearly every step of the way as they made their way down the red carpet. They looked at each other adoringly as photographers snapped away. Later that night, while discussing her best actress Screen Actors Guild Award win for her work on Big Little Lies in the press room, Nicole gushed of Keith, “He’s my biggest supporter.”
That was on Jan. 21, the last time they were photographed together in nearly three months — and friends fear it could end up being the pair’s final public hurrah. In March, In Touch exclusively reported that Keith and Nicole, both 50, attended a five-day relationship counseling retreat at Marriage Quest in sleepy Cabot, Vt., in a last-ditch effort to address problems in their nearly 12-year marriage. But it didn’t go as well as they’d hoped. Now In Touch has learned that Keith has since moved out of the family home he shares with Nicole after a string of arguments. “He went to stay at a five-star hotel in LA,” says an insider. “He’s planning to hide out in Palm Springs next before performing at the Stage Coach country music festival in the California desert at the end of April, and after that he’ll move back to his LA hotel suite. He and Nicole are basically two passing ships.”
WARNING SIGNS Though Keith and Nicole — who have two daughters together, Sunday, 9, and Faith, 7 — always put up a united front in public, their marriage has been struggling in private for some time. Just four months after their 2006 wedding, Keith
went to rehab, putting them in what Nicole has called “a very, very, very bad, painful place.”
He got sober, but Nicole developed infidelity fears, says a source, leaving Keith “constantly defending himself against rumors of on-tour affairs with groupies and female singers.” In March, the insider says, the pair were “fighting constantly over Nicole’s incessant jealousy and need to control Keith on every level.”
SEEKING SUPPORT They’ve tried to keep their problems quiet, turning to trusted family and friends during this dark time. “Keith’s been leaning on his brother, Shane, who’s been an incredible support,” says the insider. “Their relationship has been fractured at times because Nicole has never been a huge fan of Shane’s, but Keith’s realized just how much he values him, as well as a group of close childhood friends he’s been talking to daily.”
Nicole’s been confiding in pal Naomi Watts, who knows firsthand about the pain of a broken longterm relationship (she split from Liev Schreiber in late 2016 after 11 years and two kids together). “Naomi’s been advising and supporting Nicole through everything,” says the insider. “This is a very difficult time for her.” ◼
SHOCKING MOVE Keith checked into an LA hotel instead of staying at his and Nicole’s $4.75 million Beverly Hills home, an insider tells In Touch.
BREAKING POINT “They have been putting a Band-aid over their problems for too long,” an insider says of the couple.