Keith Urban ‘nervous’ to call Nicole Kidman after first meeting

Keith Urban says he felt “nervous” ahead of calling Nicole Kidman following their first meeting in 2005.

Urban recalled the beginning of their relationship at the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala in honour of his wife held overnight at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

“I was trying to play it cool, but inside I felt like I’d snuck into the royal ball simply because Nic had such a truly otherworldly aura about her,” Urban, 56 told the crowd.

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The country singer and Kidman, 56, famously met at the G’Day LA event in California in January 2005.

“I felt a bit like I was meeting a real-life princess,” he continued. “And despite all of that, I did manage to get her phone number on a tiny piece of paper.”

Urban said he carried his future wife’s number in his pocket for a week as he tried to build up the courage to call her.

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“I was scared. I was nervous to call her,” he said. “I did, as you probably figured out, pluck up the courage to finally call her.”

Urban said in one phone call Kidman transformed from “this mystic creature” into a “wide-eyed, giddy girl from the Sydney suburbs” who is “utterly Aussie through and through.”

Kidman wiped away tears as her husband spoke at the event.

The couple celebrates their 18th wedding anniversary on June 25.

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“Everyone’s speaking here tonight is going to talk about Nic’s talent, and I could easily do that myself,” Urban continued. “I mean, she truly is one of the greats, as Russell Crowe said, and tonight proves that I’m not just a biased husband.”

He spoke of his wife’s “heart and her spirit,” recalling her unwavering support during his stint in rehab for alcohol addiction four months after their nuptials.

”I had no idea what was going to happen to us,” he said.

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“And if you want to see what love in action really looks like, give that a whirl,” he said. “Nic pushed through every negative voice, I’m sure even some of her own. And she chose love. And here we are tonight, 18 years later.”

Kidman was joined by her daughters, family and friends at the event honouring her many achievements throughout her decades-long career.

The actor spoke of her children Sunday Rose, 15, and Faith Margaret, 13, who also attended the event, telling PEOPLE: “They are here to support me, and they’re very, very supportive and incredibly loving.”

In her acceptance speech, Kidman reportedly acknowledged her husband and daughters, saying: “And then right there is the love of my life, and the loves of my life.”

“Deeply moved by all of the support around the world that I’ve been seeing and hearing. Thank you to all of you and to the @AmericanFilmInstitute for including me in this illustrious group of honorees – now let’s have some fun!” she said.

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