Ni­cole Kid­man and Keith Ur­ban’s mar­riage suf­fers an­other crush­ing blow when he moves into a hotel

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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.

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