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Keith Urban Opens Up About His Darkest Days

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
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When Keith Urban hit Nashville, he was a guitarist that could sing a little with the band The Ranch. The group originally recorded ‘Some Days You Gotta Dance’ and when The Dixie Chicks heard their version, they knew they needed to record it and that the song needed just one thing to make it complete…Urban.

“I got on a bit of a three-day bender and couldn’t come to the session and had to call them and tell them I’m going to be a bit late,” the Australian native told Rolling Stone Magazine. ”Then I would call them and say I’m going to be a bit later. And then I would call them and be a bit later. And I completely missed the session. I lived like a street away. It was ridiculous. I could have walked there with my guitar in hand and I couldn’t make it. I remember just feeling so ashamed and disgusted at myself. I finally [showed up] the next day.”

Despite his procrastination, Urban did end up on the finished record. He then went to rehab in 1998, and had to try playing shows sober. Eight years later, Urban would end up back in rehab thanks to an intervention staged by his wife, actress Nicole Kidman. Amongst the strangest memories of that time is winning the CMA for Male Vocalist of the Year. A staffer told him about it, but he didn’t get to accept the award in person. ”It was a really profound moment in so many ways. The way in which Nic handled the moment was just perfect,” he told Oprah Winfrey.

While he feared his time in rehab would wreak havoc on his new marriage, he said the intervention brought the couple even closer together. “Everything was designed, I believe, for that moment to fuse us together,” says Urban, who had been no stranger to rehab before the 2006 trip, as it was his the third time in a facility over that eight year period. He said he knew it was time to turn his life around for good. “I had to make a decision which road I was going to take, once and for all,” he said on the talk show. “I’d been at that crossroads before and always taken the wrong road.”

Urban told Winfrey that the third time became the charm for one simple reason…”love” “To see love in action to that degree … I’d never experienced anything like that,” he said of Kidman’s intervention. ”I look back now and realize Nic has taught me so much and brought so much into my life and opened my eyes in so many ways,” he added. “[This is] the best place I’ve ever been.”

Urban recently wrapped up season 13 of American Idol. He didn’t keep his fans waiting long, proudly announcing he will be returning for the 14th season of the hit program along with co-panelist harry Connick, Jr. The verdict is still out regarding the return of third Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.

Urban Back For Season 14

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