Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman Makes Him a ‘Better Man’

"If I'm a better man, it's because of her," said Keith Urban.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman Makes Him a ‘Better Man’
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After a decade together, Keith Urban still views his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, as the ultimate inspiration for his life and music.

“First and foremost, my marriage with Nic informs everything,” Urban recently told HITS magazine. “Nic is so unbelievably open; she doesn’t keep things in or bottle them up. She’s really a great communicator. Because of her, if I open up, every day, I’m listening and growing and learning. If I’m a better man, it’s because of her.”

Specks of his marriage are sprinkled throughout his music, including his new record Ripcord.

“A lot of those really simple, tough lines in ‘The Fighter’ are straight from early in my relationship with Nic,” he explained. “I had such a learning curve in our marriage! When she’d get scared, I’d think she was angry; then I’d get defensive, go tearing out the driveway at 90 miles an hour. And that’s when it all gets pear-shaped. What she needs, and it’s in the song, is for me to stay, to be close, to hear her. Get Closer; the album title alone was literally from this new awareness I had with this reality of how to react. When things are tough or upsetting, it’s about pulling her close. That’s what she needs, and I had to learn it.”

The couple celebrated their 10th anniversary on June 25 and are the proud parents to two daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.