The heart­bro­ken coun­try star re­veals his sad­dest se­cret to stunned fans

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Usu­ally chirpy and full of en­ergy on stage, Keith Ur­ban shocked ador­ing fans at the Coun­try Mu­sic Awards when he broke down in tears.

“I wish my dad was alive to see this,” Keith said as he ac­cepted the pres­ti­gious En­ter­tainer of the Year award on Novem­ber 17. “But I think he’s watch­ing over me tonight. I am very grate­ful that I get to do what I do.”

Keith’s emo­tional and touch­ing tribute came just weeks from the third an­niver­sary of his dad Robert’s pass­ing from a long bat­tle with cancer on De­cem­ber 5, 2015. At the time, Keith said his fa­ther was “fi­nally at peace”.

The fa­ther-of-two also gave a nod to his wife of 12 years, Nicole Kid­man, 51, who was beam­ing at her hus­band in the au­di­ence. Their two daugh­ters Sun­day, 10, and Faith, seven, were watch­ing Dad from their Nashville home.

“Our girls at home, Feef and Munchkin, I love you. Thank you for sup­port­ing Daddy and lov­ing me through all of what I do. Same with you, baby girl,” he said, as he pointed to Nicole, “You make it all worth­while.”

Of the poignant or­deal, sources close to 51-year-old Keith tell Woman’s Day his break­down has “been on the cards” for months.

“Keith’s an emo­tional guy and this year has been big for him,” spills our source.

“Both he and Nicole have en­joyed im­mense suc­cess in terms of their ca­reers in 2018, but they’ve worked in­cred­i­bly hard for it. It has had its side ef­fects though – they’ve been like pass­ing ships in the night. He’s missed her ter­ri­bly and was feel­ing some­what emo­tional about hav­ing her by his side for such an im­por­tant oc­ca­sion.”


The source adds, “As time passes, he misses his dad more than ever. When times were rough, Bob was his con­fi­dant, and Keith des­per­ately wishes he was still around to share in his suc­cess.”

An in­sider close to the coun­try crooner says his so­bri­ety has im­pacted on how he deals with his emo­tions.

“Don’t for­get, for years he used booze and drugs to numb any real feel­ings, and with­out that crutch, he feels both happy and neg­a­tive thoughts a thou­sand times more strongly than non-ad­dicts,” says a source.

“Far from it be­ing a bad thing, Nicole loves his soft side and was so proud when he showed his true self as he ac­cepted his award. She loves it when fans get to see the man she sees.”

‘Nicole loves it when fans get to see the man she sees’

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