KEITH URBAN ADDRESSES FANS

Keith Urban broke his three-month silence Monday morning in a video posted on his official website, keithurban.net.

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In the video, taped on Friday, Keith said his recent 90-day stint in rehab for alcoholism was helped by wife Nicole Kidman, who “stayed extraordinarily strong and loving”—and by fans, who sent him cards, letters and e-mails. “I just didn’t expect that kind of support, I truly didn’t,” he said, “and it helped so much, especially through a lot of the lonely days, of which there was plenty.” Keith alluded to recently announced plans for a world tour to begin this spring. “Where I am right now is starting on that road to getting back to doing what I love, which is playing music,” he said. “I’m looking forward to coming to your town to see all you guys and thank you personally for all the support I’ve gotten.”

In the video, Keith also explained that there was no “big, cataclysmic event” that led him to check into the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs last Oct. 19 for a planned 30-day treatment. “What it was, was a lot of small things that were happening in my life,” he said, “a lot of small moments that were starting to accumulate, making my life unmanageable.” The treatment period, he said, stretched to 60 and then 90 days because of “what I was learning as I stayed in there. . . . With each week that passed, I found myself really learning to surrender.”

[Photo by Max Vadukal/Capitol]

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