KEITH FLEES AUS­TRALIA... WITH­OUT NI­COLE!

The crooner is mak­ing plans of his own – and his wife’s not in­vited

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Front Page -

Af­ter months of lock­down-in­duced ten­sion be­tween Ni­cole Kid­man and Keith Ur­ban, the cou­ple’s re­turn to Aus­tralia in July was sup­posed to mark a new chap­ter for the fa­mous pair.

But sadly, well-placed in­sid­ers tell Woman’s Day that the par­ents, who share daugh­ters Sun­day, 12 and Faith, nine, are once against butting heads, and it’s all down to Keith’s plan to leave Aus­tralia, and his fam­ily, for the US!

Last week, it was an­nounced that a mas­sive vir­tual mega-con­cert for the 10th an­niver­sary of the leg­endary iheartra­dio Mu­sic Fes­ti­val would take place in Septem­ber in Nashville, Ten­nessee, with the Some­body Like You singer, 52, among the top acts per­form­ing.

How­ever, our in­sider says the news of Keith’s sud­den plans to skip town just shortly af­ter they ar­rived in Aus­tralia has left Ni­cole blind­sided – and fu­ri­ous!

A TO­TAL SUR­PRISE

“It’s come as a shock to her as she was un­der the im­pres­sion they’d both be stay­ing in Aus­tralia for the fore­see­able fu­ture, es­pe­cially given the girls have been en­rolled in school,” dishes the source.

“Clearly, Keith has some­thing else in mind! It’s not like it’s easy to skip be­tween coun­tries with all this mad­ness go­ing on,” adds the source, who re­veals Keith is bank­ing on the Aus­tralian govern­ment let­ting him leave, since he can prove his home base and ca­reer is in Nashville.

The fam­ily-of-four re­cently re­lo­cated back Down Un­der af­ter the ac­tress, 53, an­nounced she would be pro­duc­ing her new minis­eries, Nine Per­fect Strangers, in By­ron Bay.

And while Ni­cole and her daugh­ters set up home in their South­ern High­lands es­tate for the fore­see­able fu­ture, Keith is said to be us­ing his new gig as a warn­ing to his wife!

“Keith took the gig as a way of show­ing Ni­cole he had to go back to Amer­ica. By com­mit­ting to such a huge job, she won’t be able to stop him from pack­ing his bags,” con­tin­ues the source. “Ni­cole never thought he’d com­mit to the iheart show, given it’s so far down the track, but he can’t imag­ine spend­ing months in Aus­tralia not work­ing on his mu­sic.”

Cer­tainly, the year has brought the cou­ple, who mar­ried in 2006, a new wave of chal­lenges, with Keith re­veal­ing he was strug­gling emo­tion­ally at the height of the virus lock­down in May be­cause he was forced to stop tour­ingg and iso­late.

Sources at the time told Woman’s Day that Ni­cole had grave fears for her hus­band, prompt­ing her to keep a close eye on him.

Tellingly, the cou­ple re­cently added a swanky $5 mil­lion New York City apart­ment to their prop­erty port­fo­lio, spark­ing ru­mours Keith could be mak­ing plans to use it as a bolt­hole while he’s in the US.

“Ni­cole has no in­ter­est in tak­ing her kids any­where near a built-up city like Man­hat­tan for quite some time un­til this pub­lic health disas­ter is sorted out,” ex­plains the source.

“So the ru­mour is this Tribeca place is a bach­e­lor pad for Keith to es­cape to when he needs to be on his own to write.”

Keith is head­lin­ing the con­cert along with Mi­ley Cyrus.

In­sid­ers say it’s the per­fect place for a solo Keith.

Ni­cole was shocked that Keith is head­ing back to the States.

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