When Keith Urban showed up at SXSW in Austin, Texas on Friday (March 16), the audience learned more about the Aussie singer than just his music. Urban took the stage as featured speaker at SXSW Music session “Creation and Connection” before performing at Stubb’s BBQ.
The 50-year-old singer talked about everything from Johnny Cash and his love of Bluegrass to social media and sobriety. One tidbit that stood out was that Keith revealed he wasn’t good at relationships before he met his wife of 11 years, Nicole Kidman.
“Before I met Nic and got married, I sucked at relationships. I couldn’t give myself to a relationship. But I’d write songs about love and relationships,” Urban said according to Billboard. “I remember writing ‘Somebody Like You’ and I remember playing it for my girlfriend at the time and she just looked at me and said, ‘You’re a f*****g hypocrite.’ And I couldn’t argue. I realized I was writing from the place of the person I wanted to be. It was only a song, but my real life was a disaster. The only thing that’s changed in my life is that I’ve more so become the person I was trying to be.”
Urban and Kidman met in January 2005 at a Hollywood event honoring Australians. The two were later married on married on June 25, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. In 2008 Kidman gave birth to their first daughter Sunday Rose and their second daughter, Faith Margaret, arrived in 2010.
Earlier this year, Urban announced his 58-city Graffiti U tour with Tennessee native Kelsea Ballerini. Kicking off on June 15 in St. Louis, Missouri, the tour will take the duo through Pittsburgh, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Urban’s tenth studio album, also called Graffiti U, is due out later this year.
“It’s going to be coming out this year, very soon, I hope,” he said. “I’m getting very close to finishing.”