Keith Urban Reveals Nicole Kidman Transformed Him From "Terrible at Relationships" to a Healthy Communicator
While Keith Urban's marriage with his wife Nicole Kidman may look effortless, it actually took the country crooner a major turnaround to get to this healthy place in his personal life. In a new video interview with Variety for their "Soundboard" feature, in support of the singer's latest album The Speed of Now, Part 1, Urban opens up about how Kidman helped him reinvent himself in relationships and overhaul his communication skills for the better.
In discussing the album's song "Say Something," Urban talks about how his father was not one to have open conversations with his family and a culture of silence around personal matters pervaded his household. Reflecting on co-writing the song, Urban explains how Kidman really helped him when it comes to healthy communication: "I pivoted [the song] to be more personal about the way I was raised and the fact that there's times I wish I said sorry to somebody before they drifted out of my life or 'I love you' to someone who passed away, and I never got the chance," he shares. "It took marrying Nic to learn all about that, learn about how to really communicate properly and speak and say things. I could write a good love song, but I was terrible at relationships, because I didn't really know… I'm glad that our [two daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret] are in a very different environment where we talk about things all the time."
With "Say Something" song lyrics including poignant lines like, "I'm waking up to the power of words and the weight of love / And yes I know, words ain't enough / But when the silence becomes so dangerous / We gotta say something, say something, say something, say something" and "But I don't wanna be like my father was / Scared to rock the boat, never speakin' up / I wanna live my truths wide open / Ooh, yeah-yeah-yeah," it clear these truths were hard-earned for the country star. We're glad he has had Kidman by his side since 2005 to help him get into a better emotional state.
Next time we listen to the moving song, it's safe to say we'll be thinking about the beautiful metamorphosis Urban was able to achieve thanks to his loving wife. Keep tugging at our heartstrings, Mr. Urban.