Country crooner Keith Urban opened up about when he first met his wife Nicole Kidman and how he thought 'she way out of his league'.
In a candid chat with Interview's Andrew Denton, the 50-year-old admitted why he took four months to call the actress despite her giving him her number.
They first a 2005 G'Day USA gala, and while Nicole let Keith know she was keen right from the start, Keith stalled.
"I thought she was way out of my league. I'm a kid from Brissy and somewhere along the line I ended up meeting Nic. Not in a million years did I think I would end up with her," Keith admitted.
"When I met her there was just this aura that seemed so out of reach," Keith Urban continued.
He also spoke about the time he finally managed to pluck up the courage to call his now-wife, Nicole Kidman.
"It was a conspiracy of angels. Friends of hers and mine kept on encouraging it. And we gravitated towards each other very quickly.
"I had her phone number for a while and I was thinking if I call her she's going to answer, what do I say. But I was in a place, a not very healthy place in my life. I never thought she would be ever interested in me. But one day I plucked up the courage, I called her she answered and we talked and talked and talked and it was effortlessly. It was like we grew up side by side," Keith admitted.
The pair have been happily married for 12 years now and share two beautiful daughters, 10-year-old Sunday Rose and seven-year-old Faith Margaret.
The musician checked into rehab twice in the years prior to his nuptials, but when Nicole staged an intervention four months after they said "I do" in 2006, the star left home on a three month journey to sobriety.
"I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage," he recalled.
"It survived, but it's a miracle it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression 'I was born into her,' and that's how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction."
In 2007 Urban told People more about the experience, "It was like, 'If I don't choose this moment to do the right thing and do something that's going to give me life, all of the things I'm scared of losing, I'm going to lose anyway."
"Definitely we both met each other exactly at the right time," he said. "She said early on that she wanted to be brave with me. I feel there was something else at work, bringing us together and then just continuing to watch over us."
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Australian Women's WeeklyFeb 14, 2019