Ni­cole & Keith THEY'RE OVER!

Af­ter months of mar­riage trou­bles, the su­per­star cou­ple are call­ing it a day

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Con­stant fight­ing, mar­riage coun­selling, re­la­tion­ship boot camp, se­cret meet­ings with a di­vorce lawyer... Ni­cole Kid­man and Keith Ur­ban’s re­la­tion­ship has been slowly un­rav­el­ling for months. Now Woman’s Day has learned that af­ter 85 days apart and end­less at­tempts to save their mar­riage, the su­per­star cou­ple are pre­par­ing to of­fi­cially an­nounce their split in the com­ing weeks.

In­sid­ers say, with their once un­break­able union in tat­ters, they’re get­ting set to fight for the cus­tody of their two daugh­ters, nine-year-old Sun­day and seven-year-old Faith.

“It’s heart­break­ing, but it’s been a long time com­ing,” an in­sider re­veals of the un­happy split. “Things have got­ten pro­gres­sively bad be­tween them and they haven’t been out to­gether since Jan­uary, which is a big deal for them.”

Af­ter a five-day re­la­tion­ship boot camp in the US failed to o help them work through their eir is­sues, sources have re­vealed d the ac­tress and her coun­try singer ger hus­band, both 50, agreed a trial sep­a­ra­tion was the last chance nce to see if they could re­pair their al­most 12-year mar­riage – but ut sadly, it hasn’t worked.

“They thought hav­ing some me time apart to re­ally eval­u­ate their mar­riage was the best way to han­dle this, but the truth is, the spark isn’t there any more or re and they’ve both re­alised it’s s no good pre­tend­ing,” the in­sider re­veals.

Re­ports out of the US say Keith is now bas­ing him­self in a ho­tel in Los An­ge­les when he’s not on tour, hav­ing moved out of the fam­ily home the cou­ple shared in Nashville.

At the time Woman’s Day went to print, the coun­try star was on the bill to per­form m at the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas just days ys later. Amid end­less re­ports out of the US about the state of the cou­ple’s mar­riage, it was thought he and Ni­cole might step out to­gether on the red car­pet in a bid to keep up ap­pear­ances un­til they’re ready to go pub­lic with their split.

But be­hind closed doors – and as they start afresh with­out each other – Nic and Keith have be­come used to lead­ing sep­a­rate lives, our in­sid­ers tell us, de­spite gush­ing in the past about how they never go “more than a hand­ful of days” with­out see­ing each other.


“They seem to be a lot hap­pier do­ing their own thing,” the in­sider says. “He’s do­ing shows around the States and she’s in Mon­terey [Cal­i­for­nia] with the kids, shoot­ing the sec­ond sea­son of Big Lit­tle Lies. She seems to be do­ing OK.”

That’s partly thanks to her strong sup­port net­work. et­work. In­sid­ers say Ni­cole ole has been lean­ing on co-stars and close friends s Reese Wither­spoon and d Laura Dern dur­ing down­time on the set, with the source ex­plain­ing, “Ni­cole’s sur­rounded by su­per-strong women who have all been through dif­fi­cult times them­selves – she’s lean­ing on them for ad­vice and sup­port dur­ing her split.”


Ni­cole’s mum Janelle and her younger sis­ter An­to­nia are also thought to have rushed to her side in her time of need, while her fel­low Aussie Naomi Watts has been an­other of Ni­cole’s clos­est con­fi­dantes. Aside from Nic and her be­ing great friends for more than 30 years, Naomi also knows all about un­ex­pect­edly nav­i­gat­ing the sin­gle life af­ter her 11-year re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Liev Schreiber ended in 2016. “Naomi has taken on the role of Ni­cole’s ‘di­vorce guru’ and has been help­ing her pre­pare her­self emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally for a di­vorce,” an­other in­sider tells Woman’s Day. “Not only has Naomi been on call 24/7 for Ni­cole if she needs to talk, she’s also been of­fer­ing ad­vice on how to pre­pare the chil­dren for an im­pend­ing split and the best

‘The spark isn’t there any more and it’s no good pre­tend­ing’

ther­a­pists to see. She even sent a me­di­a­tion and di­vorce ad­viser to meet with Ni­cole.”

And af­ter work­ing out an am­i­ca­ble cus­tody ar­range­ment with Liev for their two sons, Sasha, 10, and Kai, nine, Naomi, 49, also has some pearls of wis­dom when it comes to Nic and Keith re­main­ing on good terms.

“She’s ad­vised Ni­cole to keep things as am­i­ca­ble as pos­si­ble first and fore­most for the sake of the girls, and to try and sep­a­rate her­self and her emo­tions from the lo­gis­tics of the split it­self to make sure things don’t be­come more bit­ter than they al­ready are,” the source adds.

How­ever, Keith might not be too happy to learn that Ni­cole will also be spend­ing time with an­other big-name ac­tor on the Big Lit­tle Lies set – Alexan­der Skars­gard. Ni­cole and Alex, 41, shared some very steamy scenes in the first sea­son, and while his char­ac­ter was killed off, there’s been re­ports about him re­turn­ing to the show to film flash­back scenes. The ac­tor only fu­elled the ru­mours when he quipped, “I don’t even know if I’m re­ally dead or not.”


What­ever the case, their flirty friend­ship is cer­tainly said to have grated on Keith.

“Keith was al­ways jeal­ous of Ni­cole’s close friend­ship with Alex, and that kiss at the Em­mys right in front of him sent him over the edge,” says the source. “But she and Alex get on so well – they feed off each other’s en­ergy.”

Ni­cole is set to fight Keith (in­set) for cus­tody of their girls Sun­day (left) and Faith.

Mum Janelle, sis­ter An­to­nia and best friend Naomi Watts are all sup­port­ing Nic in her hour of need.

85DAYS APART! The cou­ple were last spot­ted to­gether at the SAG Awards on Jan­uary 21.

Keith has moved out and is liv­ing in a ho­tel.

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