Keith Urban Says He Doesn’t Like to Talk About His Addiction Battle, Was “Frustrated” During Pandemic

Keith Urban: "I was on the couch in my sweatpants waiting for the whole thing to blow over so we can get back to work again"

Keith Urban has never hidden his battle with addiction, but he recently explained he doesn’t want to talk about it, either.

“I don’t talk a lot about it because I love my audience being able to just come and have a great time,” Urban told The Times. “I’ve nothing against drugs or alcohol. Everyone does what they want to do to have a great time. I just realized I’m allergic to it. Someone said, ‘You have an allergy? What happens when you drink?’ And I said, ‘I break out in cuffs.’”

The singer has been candid about his struggle with cocaine and alcohol throughout his career. Urban has been to rehab a few times, including his well-documented stint at Betty Ford in the months following his marriage to Nicole Kidman. Urban told Rolling Stone he was “terrified” and knew he had to do something.

“We had just gotten married, and this entity in my life is coming just to crush and kill everything that I’ve got,” he said. “Everything that’s good. And I was making (a) record during that whole period, trying desperately to keep that entity out of my life. And I was struggling with my voice; I was just struggling with everything.”

He told The Times he knew he had to “find a different way to be in the world.”

“I’m glad it didn’t change anything about my music,” he said. “I wrote plenty of hit songs while drunk. I wrote plenty sober. I feel lucky it hasn’t defined my creativity.”

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