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Silent treatment strengthened my marriage, says Nicole Kidman

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"Profound" ... Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

"Profound" ... Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Photo: Getty

Actress Nicole Kidman broke down in tears when she heard husband Keith Urban's voice for the first time following his throat surgery.

Urban, who is currently working as a mentor on the Nine Network's The Voice, went under the knife in November to remove a polyp on his vocal cords and he was subsequently placed on voice rest for several weeks and told to stay silent as part of his recovery.

The country star has since made his singing comeback and Kidman has now opened up about the medical drama, joking their house was a lot quieter.

"Three weeks of no sound - no laughing, no coughing, no sneezing, nothing. He could write things down, and he would scribble away," she's told W Magazine.

Kidman reveals the two still argued, adding: "You can still fight when someone can't talk. When he disagreed with me, he would write, 'This is unacceptable.'"

And she admits the silent treatment strengthened their marriage.

"All of those things make you closer. It was sort of profound to go without his voice, and then to finally hear his voice. What if he sounded different? I was there for his first words, and then we cried. How many people experience their husband's first words? If that doesn't bring you closer, you're not breathing."

Kidman, who is promoting HBO's telemovie Hemingway & Gellhorn, about modern history's greatest husband and wife war correspondents, has also spoken about Urban's desire to protect her.

"My husband says I'm raw. He thinks the world is not a great place for me because he fears that I'll be hurt. He says, That's my job: I'll protect you," she's told the magazine.

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86 comments

  • barf

    Commenter
    robble
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    Australia
    Date and time
    April 17, 2012, 11:02AM
    • indeed.
      I hope you had a large enough receptacle to hold all the barf so none of it went on the floor.

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      tomasina
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      Syd.
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 11:21AM
    • Couldn't agree more.

      Commenter
      Pete
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 11:30AM
    • "Like"

      Commenter
      Just sayin'
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 12:08PM
    • by the bucketload.

      Commenter
      DMH
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 12:42PM
    • We could fill the Sydney Harbour with chunder after this

      Commenter
      Evan
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 1:26PM
    • ...and Port Phillip Bay.

      Commenter
      Bennopia
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 2:38PM
    • He'll protect her? With his handbag?

      Anyway what's the bet the story is bogus.

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      Davo
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 4:42PM
    • It's so important to hear Nicole's thoughts on a wide range of topics or else how will we know what is important?

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      StBob
      Location
      Hollywoouldnt
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 6:16PM
  • Why is it considered disgusting that a person expresses the solidity of a relationship they have with another? I think it's really nice to see two people caring for each other so much. It sure is a nice change to all the crap that seems to go on in other celebrity relationships.

    Commenter
    Liv
    Date and time
    April 17, 2012, 11:40AM

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