Keith Urban Opens Up About Alcohol & Drug Addiction in New Interview


Anyone who’s watched Keith Urban on “American Idol” knows that crying comes easy to him. So it’s no surprise to find out that he actually likes to pour on the waterworks now and again.

“When I haven’t cried in a while, I can tell I get pent-up,” he tells “Rolling Stone.” “Then maybe once a month I have a good cry, one big avalanche of a torrential downpour, and I feel amazing for weeks afterward. The streets are cleaned, the skies are blue, there’s no humidity and it’s beautiful.”

Keith also opens up to the magazine about his alcohol and drug problems in the nineties, sharing that he was a big fan of coke and ecstasy. “They were my thing,” he says. “I loved them.”

Keith made no secret of the fact that his wife Nicole Kidman saved him when she staged an intervention in 2006. He is dedicated to staying sober, but he still feels guilty about what he put Nic through. “I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage,” he says. “It survived, but it’s a miracle it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”

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