As posted about before, Nicole appeared on Oprah yesterday, as did her husband Keith Urban! Nicole looked gorgeous in a floaty beige dress and long red hair. It was, as always, a great interview, with Nicole sharing some adorable stories about her little girl Sunday, talking about her relationship with Keith, and about the process of Rabbit Hole. Nicole and Keith will also appear on one of Oprah’s upcoming episodes in Australia at the Sydney Opera House.
I’m now working on getting all the coverage together for you here, and to start with, below are a batch of articles featuring quotes and stories from the show. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the full show available anywhere yet, unless you want to try watching some of the poor quality/cropped/heavily watermarked clips (mainly Keith) on YouTube. I am looking out for a full video! In the meantime, Oprah has posted 2 clips on her website, and the one in which Nicole talks about Sunday is so cute! Oprah’s site doesn’t allow embedding, so you can watch them through the links below…
To follow later today/tomorrow will be exclusive HD screencaps, so stay tuned!
Keith Urban Thought Rehab Would “Destroy” Nicole Kidman Marriage
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were still newlyweds — married for about four months — when he checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in October 2006.
Urban, 43, worried that the time away would wreak havoc on their new union.
“[I thought], ‘Surely let’s give it a few years so we’ve got some solidity, because this kind of thing could tear us apart,’” the country singer said Monday on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “‘This could just destroy us.’”
But it was Kidman herself, plus a few close pals, who staged an intervention for Urban, who was hooked on cocaine and other substances.
“It was really a profound moment in so many ways,” the crooner said of the intervention. “The way in which Nic handled that moment was just perfect…Everything was just designed, I believe, for that moment to fuse us together.”
It was, in fact, Urban’s third time in rehab in 8 years. “I had to make a decision which road I was going to take, once and for all,” he said. “I’d been at that crossroads before and always taken the wrong road.”
What was different this time?
“Love,” he told Oprah Winfrey.
Urban left for rehab the same night as that intervention, he said. “I didn’t care about anything else.”
He gushed of his wife (and mother to daughter Sunday Rose, nearly 2): “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…[This is] the best place I’ve ever been.”
Actress Kidman also opened up on Oprah about their enduring romance. “I think marriage is about, every day, trying to make it better and working through things and when things are tough, saying, ‘I’m going to come to you and talk,’” the Rabbit Hole star mused. “We’re just very tight, and we stay really tight.”
Australian like her husband, Kidman has really taken to their new life in Nashville, Tenn. “Some people like the much higher sort of more glamorous lifestyle,” she said. For us, we just prefer a much quieter, private [life].”
Her favorite things to do with Sunday Rose, who they sometimes call “Sunny”: Sharing her cappuccino foam — and taking baths.
“I love her little shoulders, you know?” Kidman cooed. “She’s in the bath, and I see those tiny little shoulders. Oprah, don’t get me started!”
Keith Urban on Dealing with Addiction: Nicole Kidman Should’ve Just Walked
Keith Urban opened up about the love he shares with his wife Nicole Kidman, and how she stuck with him while he dealt with his addiction to alcohol.
“She should’ve just walked. … I’m just so glad she didn’t,” Keith told Oprah Winfrey of his wife. The country crooner said Kidman organized an intervention that was so filled with love that he wanted to enter rehab immediately. “I was like ‘put the cuffs on. Let’s go,’” Urban recalled.
The singer wrote a love letter to his wife and placed it in his new album Get Closer. In the note, Urban gushes over Kidman saying he was “brought to his knees by this love” and that he wants to “be a better man” for her. “No one will ever love you as much as I do,” the note reads.
Urban admitted that he was “a little bit intimidated” by his Oscar-winning wife when they first met in a greenroom. He said that when they started talking “it just clicked.” Kidman said they “met at a time in our life when we were ready for it.”
She said of her loving relationship with Urban, “Marriage is about everyday trying to make it better.” Urban’s new album is available wherever music is sold, while Kidman’s new movie ‘Rabbit Hole’ opens in limited theaters Dec. 17.
Nicole Kidman and Sunday Rose love to shop
NICOLE Kidman has told US talk show host Oprah Winfrey she loves shopping and sharing “cappuccinos” with her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Sunday Rose.
The Australia actress and her husband, country music singer Keith Urban, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the US yesterday as part of the lead-up to the talk show host’s trip to Australia in December.
The episode appears in Australia on Channel 10 tonight at 7.30pm.
Kidman and Urban will head to Sydney to meet up with Winfrey and her 300 guests during the Australian trip next month. Two episodes of the Oprah show will be taped at the Opera House on December 14.
Speaking to Winfrey about their family life, the actress said she and Urban either call their toddler by her full name Sunday Rose or Sunny.
She says their favourite mother-daughter activities include shopping and drinking what Sunday Rose believes are cappuccinos.
“I have a cappuccino, and she has what she thinks is a cappuccino, and it’s just froth,” Kidman told Winfrey during the show.
“But I do get embarrassed because she’s like, ‘one cappuccino’, and I’m like, ‘no, no, she doesn’t drink coffee’.”
The Oscar-winner offers Winfrey some suggestions on things to do while visiting Australia – including taking a trip to Sydney’s famous Bondi beach.
“(While filming) Moulin Rouge, I would go to Bondi (beach), go for a swim, have some breakfast and then go to work. And that’s pretty good,” she says.
“But there’s more to Sydney than the beaches. It’s a very warm town. It’s not huge, (but) there are many places to go.”
Urban spoke about his battles with alcohol and drug addiction, telling Winfrey that his love for Kidman helped him overcome his problems.
The singer said he had tried to go into rehabilitation before, but what was different this time around was the “love” he had in his life.
He said Kidman and a few close friends staged an intervention a few months after they got married.
“It was really a profound moment in so many ways,” he told Winfrey.
“Then, the way in which Nic handled that moment was just perfect. Everything was just designed, I believe, for that moment to fuse us together.”
Meanwhile, NSW Premier Kristina Kenneally has rejected suggestions Winfrey will be treated like a head of state during her visit.
Ms Keneally says she has not received advice that Winfrey will be afforded such security.
“We have no advice to suggest that at all, from the federal police,” she told reporters today.
“And certainly from a NSW police perspective, our job is … to ensure public safety and good order when there is a major event on, we do that very successfully, that’s why we are the best major events and festivals city in the world.”
In Kidman’s own interview with Winfrey, the Oscar-winner described her relationship with Urban as “really tight.”
“I think marriage is about, every day, trying to make it better and working through things and when things are tough, saying, ‘I’m going to come to you and talk,’” she said.
The episodes will air in the US early next year as part of Winfrey’s farewell season. While hyping up her hometown yesterday, Kidman curiously suggested that Sydney was free from traffic and public transport problems.
“You’re going to get a big greeting, it’s a very warm town, it’s very friendly,” she said.
Keith Urban appeared charmingly shy when he walked out onto the stage of the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ for the November 29 episode. But he opened up to the talk show queen about very personal events of the past four years — during which he married actress Nicole Kidman, won his battle with substance abuse and welcomed his first child. Keith, who was joined by his lovely wife on the ‘Oprah’ set, talked about how intervention worked, how daughter Sunday Rose touches his heart, and how his new album ‘Get Closer’ is a love letter to Nicole. Here are some highlights from the show:
Keith on the root cause of his alcohol and cocaine addictions: “Ultimately, for me, it was love. [That's the thing that I was missing in my life -- love for myself.] I look back now and realize that … Nic has brought so much into my life. Early in our relationship, we were sitting on a park bench and I said to her — and I don’t know where this came from — I said, ‘How is your heart?’ And she said, ‘It is open.’ Oh my gosh. It instantly made me ask myself, ‘Is mine? Is my heart open? Or is it 80 percent open, but I’ve got a little exit strategy? If I do, then why is that?’”
On why the latest rehab worked: “That was my third time [in rehab] in eight years. I did everything differently this time. I just went off the rails. I knew I needed help and I needed a new direction in my life, and I cannot do this anymore.”
On what he would have done if Nicole had left him to deal with his addictions on his own: “I’m just so glad she didn’t. She made the decision to turn around and initiate this intervention. The love in that room was just right, and I said, ‘Let’s put the cuff on and go.’ It was Nicole and a small group of people I’m close to in Nashville. You can’t do this for somebody. I couldn’t do this just for her …To see love in action to that degree in that way, I had never experienced love in that way. [I canceled a scheduled concert] and left that night. The rest is very personal.”
On meeting Nicole for the first time, backstage at a ‘G’Day LA’ event: “I swear to you, she glided across the room … like floated. I don’t know how she did it. It’s like she’s standing there, and she didn’t walk. It was out of this world … I plucked up the courage to go and [say hello], very nervously, and trying to be all cool. [I] introduced myself and she was very pleasant and everything, and there was that moment of waiting for the next thing to be said — of which I didn’t know if I was bothering her or what was going on — so I just sort of said, ‘Well, nice to meet you’ and I just walked away! … [Later] I went back over and apologized, and we started talking and just really clicked.”
On their daughter, Sunday Rose, and how she has changed his life: “The selflessness that comes with [the love for a child and] that beautiful realization brought me more out of myself and aware of other people, be it my wife or our daughter. I talk to Nic about that, my heart just hurts [with love].”
On his new album, ‘Get Closer’: “It is the most enjoyable album I ever made. Everything just lined up. I was faced with a decision about four years ago when my life had gotten completely unmanageable. I had to make a decision which way to take. I thought, ‘I really want to be courageous and adventuresome. Let’s take the road less traveled this time.’”
Nicole on moving to Nashville for Keith: “Suddenly, I was able to be taken to Tennessee, which was perfect for me because I can go out, I can hike … I can just go down to Green Hills and Whole Foods … It’s a very, very easy existence for us. Some people like the much higher sort of more glamorous lifestyle. For us, we just prefer a much quieter, private [life].”
Nicole on the love letter Keith wrote to her in his new album’s liner notes: “He has got a way with words. The thing that really touches me is that he says, ‘Let me put it into action.’
Secrecy surrounds visit by the US queen of chat
”I’VE always wanted to go, you know,” Oprah Winfrey told Nicole Kidman. ”And you know I like to do things in a big way.”
Kidman, replying on behalf of all Australians, said: ”They’re very excited you’re coming. You’re going to get a big greeting.”
Last night Channel Ten broadcast a special preview edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote the talk-show queen’s much-anticipated arrival in Australia next Tuesday.
The show featured interviews with Kidman and her husband, the singer Keith Urban.
Winfrey, media mogul and billionaire, is often described as one of the world’s most influential people. She is also one of the few in the world identifiable by her first name.
She is coming to Australia to film three episodes of her famous show. Details of the visit are closely guarded. Just days before Hugh Jackman is due to appear on the Australian shows, the star has absolutely no idea what he will be talking about.
Jackman, along with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Kidman and Urban, is among hundreds of Australians involved in the production who have been intentionally left in the dark to ensure no details of the much-hyped shows are released.
”He won’t know what it will be about until pretty much a day or two before he goes on … he does not know any more than anyone else,” his Sydney publicist, Victoria Buchan, said yesterday.
With the sort of secrecy usually reserved for a visit by a US president, the Queen of American talk and her minions have been scouring Australia for months looking at potential filming locations, guests and stories. Senior management from the luxury Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island have been meeting Winfrey’s ”people” at her Chicago company, Harpo Productions, about hosting her entourage.
Rumours have reached fever pitch on the island, where locals are predicting Oprah will arrive on either December 8 or 9, take over the entire resort and possibly stay for two nights before flying to another mystery destination. Then they are expected to move on to Sydney to tape two shows at the Opera House on December 14.
Harpo Productions is also planning a third program, which will feature vignettes from Oprah and her entourage’s various outings in Australia, including a secret ”outback location”.
Each of her 300 guests from America has been armed with a video camera to capture the trip.
Last month at the historic Queensland Mount Mulligan cattle station, three hours north-west of Cairns, film crews from the Sydney company Freehand Productions, hired by Harpo, were shooting footage from helicopters showing life in rugged outback Australia.
A NSW Police Force spokesman said Winfrey would not rely on its officers for her personal security in Sydney. The chat show host will bring her own bodyguards. Police will manage traffic and crowd control.
Nicole Kidman Offers Oprah Aussie Travel Tips
Nicole Kidman offered Oprah Winfrey her advice for travelling to Australia.
Nicole appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with husband Keith Urban and revealed she will show the US talk show queen around Sydney.
The Aussie couple also revealed another winning audience member will accompany them on the trip.
Nicole, 43, told Oprah she is travelling with Keith to her hometown Sydney to meet up with Oprah and 300 lucky audience members at the Sydney Opera House.
During her first trip to Australia, Nicole suggested that Oprah spend a day at the beach.
‘While filming Moulin Rouge, I would go to Bondi Beach, go for a swim, have some breakfast, and then go to work,’ she said.
Oprah’s Australian adventures air January 17 in the US.
Australia star Nicole – who was formerly married to Tom Cruise – also got on the couch.
She told Oprah their relationship works because: “We’re just very tight, and we stay really tight.”
The couple’s appearance ended with Keith performing the new single he wrote for Nicole, Put You in a Song, while she clapped and blushed sweetly from the audience.