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Keith Urban Enters Rehab

10/20/2006 4:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It appeared his life was picture perfect, but now Keith Urban says he's been battling alcohol abuse and has entered a treatment rehabilitation center.

According to a statement issued by Urban's publicist, the country singer checked himself in last night with Nicole Kidman, his wife of four months, by his side.

Urban says, "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me." He adds, "One can never let one's guard down on recovery and I'm afraid that I have."

Urban's statement ends with this message: "With the strength and unwavering support I am blessed to have from my wife, family and friends, I am determined and resolved to a positive outcome."

This is not Urban's first stint in rehab. The singer sought help in late 1998 for drug and alcohol abuse. Urban, who has admitted to free basing cocaine, once told USA Weekend Magazine "I had this house in Nashville where I used to do drugs. ... I remember one night crawling around on my hands and knees, looking for these little rocks at five in the morning."

All immediate appearances by Urban have been postponed.


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I only hope Keith gets the help he needs. At least he admitted he had a problem and wants to get clean. I also feel sorry for Nicole.

Having Tom pull the rug out from under her, I think she deserves much better. I hope her and Keith can work this out together. She deserves the best after Tom.

Good Luck Keith in your recovery and Nicole, fight for your man.

2889 days ago


I think keith is great, an amazing singer and song writer, and hes is a genius on the guitar, I wish him well, and hope he gets the help he parents struggled with alcohol thier entire lives..its a tough demon to conquer.. I hope his marriage survives..

2889 days ago

just keeping it real    

#48 Right on..... I am so sick of all these fake stars when my friends mention any of them I say PLEASE WHO CARES about any of them WACKOS and I mean all of them they really all make me sick. I live by Wilminghton NC. they have a movie studio my friends that had maybe not big roles in movies but had some role said the big time movie stars are so rude and think there sh--t don't stink. they say they are so FAKE and I feel bad for you all that worship them I have better things to do in my life then worry or talk about all these CRAZY ASS PEOPLE..... DON'T CARE.....

2889 days ago


#61 - Cheryl,
You said, " I have better things to do in my life then worry or talk about all these CRAZY ASS PEOPLE..... DON'T CARE....."

If you don't REALLY care, then why are you posting on this site. Get your sorry ass off this board.

2889 days ago

White Girl    

Liar, Liar
Pants are on fire
like the rest of us
"You LIVE for this Sh*it!"
To paraphrase Homer Simpson:
"Celebrities lead such intresting lives..."

2889 days ago


Drugs and alcohol doesn't discriminate against anyone. Rich, famous, poor, black, white and so on. It is very sad that some people don't realize (or don't tell the truth) how hard an addiction can be. And I might add that addiction isn't just about drugs and alcohol. One can be addicted to anything. I honestly believe that we all have addictions whether we admit it or not.
Good luck Keith and Nichole!

2889 days ago


Come on Keith, STAY STRONG! You can overcome this. Your Golden Road CD was the inspiration to me for so many of the same reasons. Life is hard but it can be so good too and you proved that to me. For all you've done for me, a heartfelt thank you! I'm keeping you in my prayers and thoughts. You can do it by the grace of God. We are all pulling for you! Besides, I want to see a Keith Jr AND I want to see you in concert again. Your November 2005 Amherst MA show was totally awesome! A memory I'll never ever forget :)

2889 days ago


i think it`s bizarre they got married just 4 months ago? alcohal is something you can do publicly,so nic must have known he was a wreck.doesn`t say much for her ,must be very disapointing maybe with time on her hands she can get with sara e`s hubby

2889 days ago


I guess he has hopes that this will shut up that Porn Star who sold her story to the rag mags about how she had a "sex act" performed on her at his bachelor party.

Well I hope he is able to make a go of rehab this time.

2889 days ago


It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can be so hostile and put others down, when they themselves cannot even spell or construct a simple sentence. Keith is not a robot, he is a person and people make mistakes. How many "regular" people do you know who have been to rehab? I know plenty. And most of them have been more than once, because that's what it takes. Thank god for this option, because where would we be if we couldn't get help. So, all of you "perfect" people out there, keep up the good work!!!!

2889 days ago


No. 11 These scubbags never surprise me. Whic one are you referring to?
Holier than thou, I totally agree with that.
She had to know about him alcohol and a drug addict for years before she ever met him Another 6 weeks, we will hear their marriage is over.

2889 days ago


Nicole must either be nuts for "bad boys", a total bitch or on the road to becoming Whitney Houston. She cannot be as stupid as her decision making....or maybe she is. Gawd, I hope not for then another woman I respected goes down in flames just because she's feels a man is mandatory to happiness. Geez...get a dog!

2889 days ago


After all Tom 's better than Keith!!!!!!!!!! No alcohol nor happy Tom with your kids! oh Nic do you remember , honey?: you have 2 children! Oh sorry Nicole , I well 're too busy! SELFISH SELFISH SELFISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2889 days ago

Bill M    

I'm not going to be an an apologist for Keith Urban, and he's responsible for his actions. Having said that, many people don't know that relapse is very common
among addicts. So much so that many facilities have strategies to deal with this issue.

I know of friends and family who have had several relapses before they could stay in recovery. Many folks (I did, too) believe that going to a rehab facility is a one time trip to staying on the wagon. That's not the case for many people.

2888 days ago


Once you are an alcoholic you always will be one. He will have to deal with this the rest of his life. He should never ever pick up a drink again. Not even to toast anyone. That is all it takes to fall of the wagon. It destroys lives. I wish him and Nicole well.

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