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Nicole Kidman opens up on husband’s alcoholism: ‘You can’t save somebody, but you can love them’

In a candid interview, Nicole reveals her struggle to support her husband, Keith Urban, to stay sober.
Nicole Kidman Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman has given a rare insight into her husband Keith Urban’s struggle with alcoholism, in a recent interview with Jess Cagle.

The Australian actress, who has been married to singer Keith for 10 years, revealed how she supported her husband – despite him checking into rehab just months after tying the knot.

“Get help, put your hand up, reach out…there is absolutely help out there,” Nicole told The Jess Cagle Interview.

She added that the most important thing to realise when you are the supporter is that “you can’t save somebody,” something Nicole admits she struggled with, because she felt like she should be able to take care of him.

Watch: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s cute duet.

“As much as I thought I could do all the work for him…at some point, you just have to say, ‘I love you, and I’m here when you decide to do the work and if you don’t, then that’s it’.”

“You cannot save a human being, they have to save themselves. But you can love them and give them enormous support.”

This was a rare moment of honesty for Nicole, who has often chosen to keep schtum on her husband’s sobriety struggle.

But Keith on the other hand has spoken openly about his wife’s ongoing support, telling People in 2007, “Nicole listened to her heart and did what she felt was the right thing to do. To see that kind of love in action, that’s very moving and deeply inspiring and just makes me want to be a better man.”

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