It was love at first sight for Nicole Kidman when she first met husband Keith Urban back in 2005. But for Urban, it took a little longer ― four months to be exact.
Kidman told the story of the fateful night she met the country singer more than a decade ago at G’Day USA ― a Los Angeles gala for Australians where they were both being honored ― on an episode of “Ellen” that aired Thursday. The pair even have a picture of their first encounter.
“We met that night. The craziest thing is to have a photo of when you first met,” she said. “Someone just took that photo and sent it to us. I remember thinking I had such a crush on him. And he wasn’t interested in me.”
An incredulous DeGeneres just couldn’t believe that. But Kidman insisted: “It’s true! He didn’t call me for four months.”
When pressed about why it took so long for Urban to pick up the phone, Kidman replied with a smile:
“There’s certain things ― and I think anyone in a marriage would agree with this ― you just don’t. You just leave that. We’re here now and it’s all good. We don’t need to hash up all that stuff.”
Based on an interview Urban did with Oprah Winfrey back in 2010, it seems that he was just intimidated by Kidman at first.
“I introduced myself and she was very pleasant and everything,” he said. “And there was that moment of waiting for the next thing to be said, which I didn’t know if I was bothering her or what was going on. So I just sort of said, ‘Well nice to meet you.’ And I walked away.”
“And then I thought, was I supposed to say more?” Urban continued. “A friend of mine said, ‘I think she wanted to talk to you.” Me? Why would she want to talk to me? So I went back over and apologized and we just started talking and really clicked.”
The couple, who are now parents to daughters Sunday and Faith, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in June. These days, Urban is undeniably smitten with his wife.
“Meeting [Nicole] and getting married wasn’t life-changing, it was life-beginning,” he said on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” in May. “It was literally, like, ‘Okay, life starts.’”
Watch the video above.