Keith Urban reveals the secret to his 14-year marriage to Nicole Kidman

‘No one knows me like she does’: Keith Urban reveals the secret to his 14-year marriage to Nicole Kidman – and why he’s confident they’ll never grow apart

They are one of Hollywood’s strongest couples.

And Keith Urban has revealed the secret to his 14-year marriage to Nicole Kidman, telling Woman’s Day he ‘tends’ to their love like a garden.

‘I do the same things I did at the beginning when we started dating,’ he said.

Horticultural metaphor: Keith Urban (left) has revealed the secret to his 14-year marriage to Nicole Kidman (right), telling Woman’s Day he ‘tends’ to their relationship like a garden

Speaking metaphorically, he explained: ‘It’s tending to the garden. If you don’t do the work, the garden starts to grow over, and then you complain that the garden is not very interesting and you look for another garden. I maintain this garden.’

The country music star, 52, added: ‘Nicole is also my best friend. I’ve never had anyone on the planet who knows me as well as she does.’ 

While Keith admits that his relationship – like maintaining a garden – takes work, he has also said that marriage is easy because he and Nicole ‘just love being together’.

‘We’re best friends and we love doing everything together – we’re the priority,’ he told 2Day FM in September 2016. ‘Everything else comes after that.’ 

Wise words: Speaking metaphorically, Keith explained: If you don't do the work, the garden starts to grow over, and then you complain that the garden is not very interesting and you look for another garden. I maintain this garden'. Pictured at the Oscars in LA on March 5, 2006

Wise words: Speaking metaphorically, Keith explained: If you don’t do the work, the garden starts to grow over, and then you complain that the garden is not very interesting and you look for another garden. I maintain this garden’. Pictured at the Oscars in LA on March 5, 2006

Nicole, 53, said in February 2017 that she and Keith had defied the odds because of their mutual sense of gratitude and ‘desire to protect and help each other’.

‘Keith and I always say that we are just so lucky to have each other,’ the Oscar winner told News.com.au. 

‘In this world, to be able to come back to that love and that strength is so nourishing and powerful.’

Hollywood success story: Nicole said in February 2017 that she and Keith had defied the odds because of their mutual sense of gratitude and 'desire to protect and help each other'. Pictured at the CMA Awards in Nashville on November 13, 2019

Hollywood success story: Nicole said in February 2017 that she and Keith had defied the odds because of their mutual sense of gratitude and ‘desire to protect and help each other’. Pictured at the CMA Awards in Nashville on November 13, 2019

A year later, in June 2018, the Big Little Lies star told Parade magazine that the secret to their long-lasting marriage was verbal communication.

She told Parade magazine: ‘We’ve never texted. We talk all the time and we FaceTime but we just don’t text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative at times.

‘And I’ve had the thing where I re-read texts and I’m like, “What does that mean?” and then read it to somebody and go, “Can you interpret that?”… I don’t want that between my lover and I.’ 

Staying in touch: In June 2018, Nicole told Parade magazine that the secret to their long-lasting marriage was verbal communication. 'We've never texted. We talk all the time and we FaceTime but we just don't text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative,' she said

Staying in touch: In June 2018, Nicole told Parade magazine that the secret to their long-lasting marriage was verbal communication. ‘We’ve never texted. We talk all the time and we FaceTime but we just don’t text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative,’ she said

She added that she and Keith always preferred calling each other: ‘We just do voice to voice, or skin to skin, as we always say.’ 

The couple married in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 2006, a year after meeting at the G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles. They share two daughters, Sunday and Faith.

Prior to her relationship with Keith, Nicole was married to Tom Cruise for 11 years.

Blast from the past: Prior to her relationship with Keith, Nicole was married to Tom Cruise (left) for 11 years. Pictured at the Mission: Impossible 2 premiere in Hollywood on May 18, 2000

Blast from the past: Prior to her relationship with Keith, Nicole was married to Tom Cruise (left) for 11 years. Pictured at the Mission: Impossible 2 premiere in Hollywood on May 18, 2000

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