In an all-candlelight ceremony just after sundown, Urban and Kidman wed at Sydney, Australia's Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on St. Patrick's Estate at Manly. Guests at the black-tie event include Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Rupert Murdoch, while Kidman's sister Antonia and Urban's brother Shane serve as maid of honor and best man. "It was the most emotional and beautiful ceremony," a guest tells PEOPLE. "Nicole looks ethereal with her veil floating, like a vision in white. Keith cried when he looked at her."
A Sobering Decision
With Kidman at his side, Urban admits himself into rehab. "One can never let one's guard down in recovery," he says in a written statement. "And I'm afraid I have." "He's a strong and amazing person," Urban's friend Anastasia Brown tells PEOPLE. "So he's dealing with this challenge just as he does with everything in life – with grace, strength and integrity." In January, he is released from rehab and returns to Kidman.
Urban's latest album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing is released and the song "Once in a Lifetime" is nominated for a Grammy. Another track, "Got It Right This Time," features the following lyrics, presumably about Kidman: "She believes in me like I've been tryin' to do/I'm seein' things I've never seen before/Ever since she came into my life I've been a better man/Yeah, after all the crazy days I made it through."
Urban: "I Was Going to Lose it All"
As he begins another leg of his U.S. tour and releases his first greatest hits album, Urban opens up to PEOPLE about his road back after rehab and the devotion of his wife. "Nicole listened to her heart and did what she felt was the right thing to do," he says of Kidman who stuck by his side. "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." In the new year, Kidman's rep announces that the couple is expecting their first child together.
Nicole & Keith Welcome Sunday
After years of struggling to have a baby, Kidman gives birth to her and Urban's first child together, a daughter they name Sunday Rose. "We feel immensely blessed and grateful to be given this beautiful baby girl," the couple says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. "She's an absolute delight."
Urban scores his first No. 1 album with Defying Gravity, his sixth studio effort, which also earns him two consecutive Grammy wins in 2009 and 2010 for best male country vocal performance for "Sweet Thing" and "'Til Summer Comes Around". "I felt a lot of clarity in making this record," Urban tells Billboard.
Gotta Have 'Faith'
Urban and Kidman welcome their second daughter together, Faith Margaret, via surrogate. "Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the couple says in a statement. "No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."
The country singer joins Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the judges' panel for the 12th season of American Idol. "It's really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family," Urban says. "I'm looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants."
BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Cath Muscat/ZUMA; Icon/Fame; amazon.com; amazon.com; Lionel Hahn/Abaca; Michael Becker/FOX
- Keith Urban
- Date of Birth
- October 26, 1967
- Birth Place
- Whangarei, New Zealand
Nicole Kidman, wife (2005 to present)
Niki Taylor, ex-girlfriend (2002 to 2004)
Laura Sigler, ex-girlfriend (1992 to 2002, engaged)
Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, daughter (7/7/2008)
Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, daughter (12/28/10)