Keith Urban Opens Up About Past Battle With Alcoholism

by Samantha Whidden

Last week, country music superstar Keith Urban sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to open up about his past drug and alcohol abuse. 

“It took me a long time to get sober,” Keith Urban revealed to the media outlet. “Took me a long time to recognize my alcoholism. A long time because I didn’t drink like my dad. So I compared everything to him.”

Keith Urban further explained that he was finally able to make the right choice in his life that he wished his dad would have made. That choice was presented when his wife Nicole Kidman staged an intervention prior to his 40th birthday in 2006. He described the moment he had with his wife as being very personal. 

The country singer also noted that his experience with alcohol abuse is not an uncommon story. “You know, the career’s on fire. And the personal life is also on fire. Completely in the wrong way. That was the case for me. I was a real binge drinker.”

Keith Urban then revealed that he moved in with a guy who “freebased” cocaine in Nashville. “I’d never been around anything like that in Australia. Only pot smokers, you know, not much more. And suddenly I’m with a guy who is freebasing coke. That was a whole other world that I fell into really fast.”

Keith Urban goes on to add that he has been “working the program” for 15 years. He declared that he can actually quote full paragraphs in the Alcoholic Anonymous “bible,” known as “Big Book.”

“I love that the book starts out by saying, ‘We realize we know only a little,’” Urban concluded. “Wow, what an amazing statement. The opposite of so many other structures.” 

Keith Urban Reveals Why He Doesn’t Talk Much About Sobriety Publicly 

Also during his interview with Rolling Stone, Keith Urban said he has no qualms with anyone else who chooses to drink or use drugs. The country singer then admitted he doesn’t talk much about sobriety publicly because it’s a personal thing. “I don’t want anyone thinking that I have a negative opinion of drugs or alcohol,” Urban explained. He then said he wants people to come to his concerts and do whatever they want to do. 

“I don’t want people at my concert looking at the stage and thinking about sobriety,” Urban continued. “That would be a death of a gig for me. It’s not what I want.”

Urban then added that he’s not an AA meeting. He’s just on stage and just wants to play as well as sing. “We’re going to have a great time. We’re going t let go of everything and be in the moment.”