The pics don’t get any better - but they do get fewer and fewer and farther between.
Each of them spends time with their parents...separately.
Keith starts lying in interviews, specifically in regard to OIAL - it’s not about her, it’s about her, it’s about couples, it’s about her...it was written in 05, it was written after the Oscars...
Keith continues to look miserable, starts gaining a lot of weight, dead eyes, temperament changes, becomes abrupt during interviews, no sense of humor.
The couple is hardly seen together despite the fact that they are now newlyweds. In fact, Nicole is hardly ever seen in her “home” in Nashville.
She begins jetting off to London, etc. for more film work...film work, which she claimed, she would take a break from if she ever found true love again and got married.
Keith’s shows become less and less interactive. The interaction with the band is awkward, interaction with fans is almost non-existent...except for a few occasions when he decides to be flirty...remember the pics of the girl he practically fondled? Of course, when he does interact with fans, the missus is no where to be found.
Keith does his Atlanta show. Saturday night proves to be one of the worst shows he has ever done. He is heard screaming and yelling during a rehearsal/sound check, takes the stage very late with no explanation or apology given. He looks fat, sweaty, dead, no emotion when performing, like he cannot wait to get off the stage. Sunday night is a better show but no one knows who this guy is and where the real Keith went. Later, he claims nerves as an excuse...nerves? Hasn’t he been performing for over 20 years?
He does two specials for CMT. The Keith doing the interviews looks like a Keith that would rather be anywhere else. Depression has obviously been running rampant. Something is definitely wrong.
Still no mum & dad.
Nicole continues to be anywhere but where Keith is.
Reports of Keith seen drinking in various bars both alone & with others (Beck) start surfacing on skeptics’ boards and the like but curiously, never make the tabs...until after the fact.
A 23-year-old "model" talks to the tabs. Claims she ran into him in October and that they had a relationship throughout 04-05, which continued up until he got married. She has pics and details of an intimate nature.
No denial from Keith, Nicole, or Camp Urban.
Keith checks into rehab...less than three months after the wedding.
The first week Keith is in rehab, Nicole is in LA - going to movies, yoga classes, having drinking parties with Naomi, her family flies in to comfort her.
The tabs get pics of Keith and Nicole on the grounds of BFC...unprecedented. The Keith in these pics looks pathetic. The Nicole in these pics looks barely tolerant of the husband she claims to be standing by.
Nicole visits Keith a whopping three times during his stay. Attends one support group meeting.
During this time, Tom & Katie get married. This becomes the REAL wedding of 2006.
Still no mum & dad.
Christmas comes and rumors of Keith getting out run rampant...the day after Christmas, Keith jets of to Oz, upon his arrival, yelling is heard from inside the Sydney home. The first thing the couple does is attend a movie screening for a photo op...not spending quality time together away from the spotlight.
Mum & Dad finally make an appearance but it is a very brief one. When asked by a reporter if they are happy that Keith and Nicole are “back together” there is an eerie silence.
Word comes out later that Keith spent his Oz stay at the hotel where mum & dad were - NK spent it in the Sydney home.
Days later, the couple stages another photo op at a carnival. NK seems oblivious to paps taking their pics but later, when driving home, makes a point to pull over and scream profanities at paps following them.
Since his release from rehab, the two have been together exactly twice. And still no one steps foot in the “home” in Nashville.
And again, no visits with her kids.
Keith is finally able to promote his album and start performing but the Keith on stage is still not the Keith people came to know and love. No one knows where the real Keith is.
Keith still looks fat, miserable...eyes are still dead. Performances are still not up to par and interviews are guarded.
Again, no mum & dad.
And, no Nicole in Germany, Canada, NYC...
Not even a photo op for V-Day?
After being in rehab for three months...wouldn’t you make a point to spend as much quality time with your husband as possible?
And that brings us to the Today show...the slip about it being “home” that drove him into rehab. Which he attempts to cover by abruptly changing the subject.
He can tattoo her name on his body and say how extraordinary she is all he wants.
As much as I vacillate about what is going on with these two, I have to say, actions truly do speak louder than words.
I think Keith is being stubborn and refuses to throw in the towel and NK knows it.
That quote about "once the ring is on, I'm gonna stay"...that is not how people in love describe their dedication to their spouse. He sounds obligated, not in love.
I also believe NK is through with him...I think the "model" thing and rehab was not what she was counting on at all...but the timing is wrong...she can't dump him yet.
Keith should have been the happiest he has ever been after that wedding. No way does a happy person drink themselves into rehab.
And, even so, now that he is out, things should seem to be getting better. He doesn't look any better to me. He looks as miserable as he was before rehab. And, instead of drunk or high, he now seems medicated.