We thought we would time travel a bit, so let’s look to September 2008 and Vein Magazine.
It’s the right time to be us
In January when it was announced that Nicole Urban and Keith Kidman were expecting their first natural child, many wondered why Mrs. Urban, 41, waited until her fifth decade to get pregnant. This question in polite society should never be asked, and we never will. We were quite pleased when we were asked by Ms. Urban's publicist, Katherine Doldrum, if we would be interested in interviewing the new parents after the birth of their daughter this past June. After the six week blackout following the birth, we flew across the country to the Kidmans’ new home in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. The home, originally built in 1968 by famed architect I.M. Egotistic, is a modern structure in the tissue box design scheme. As we entered the living room it struck us how terribly precise and elegant the room was - with bright red walls and tan furniture the room is void of personal belongings. As we look at the over two hundred mirrors placed all about the room we are reminded of a sophisticated nightclub in the heyday of disco.
The surprise for us was the lack of a musical anything in the room. We waited for almost an hour and then with a flourish the Kidmans and their fifteen staff members appeared. Both Keith and Nicole were dressed in casual work out gear and Nicole had her hair in pig tails with cute red flower bows at the end. The couple carried water in bottles, as did their employees, but we were not offered anything to drink. We agreed beforehand that we could only talk about their new family and nothing from the past.
VM- Thank you for meeting with us. There has been a lot written about this baby and this birth. Why did you agree to talk to us today?
NU- Well it’s obvious. The connections were connecting and the time for a well… I just think that when you reach a point…
KK- It was just the vibe and the time to connect.
VM - What is it like to be parents?
KK- Extraordinary. I wake up each day and look in one of these mirrors and say out loud ‘I am someone’s father!’ It’s quite a bit of a humanitarian effort.
NU- I think it’s a role I was born to play.
VM - Can you talk about the birth?
NU- It was difficult and extremely sexy and very singular…the power I held was power I had never had before.
KK- It was something (at this point Keith is looking around the room and looking at the floor) so many have done yet, no one like me.
VM- Why did you have the child in Los Angeles?
NU- There was never any question. This is our home. Our people are there, and others.
KK- We are gypsies at heart and our rainbow is always coming together in LA.
VM- Why not in Australia?
KK- Well, we were there and now we are here.
NU- I guess that we wanted the birth to be about us and while I love Australia and I even have a movie by that title being released in November at a cinema near you, my parents and my sister I felt would be a distraction.
VM - Why not Nashville?
KK- Well, we were there now we are here.
NU- That was never a choice; we love the city; spent some time there during the gestation but in the end it is a city of shadows for me that I just didn't want my beautiful new child being born in.
VM- What was the birth like?
KK- It was massive; just life affirming and sustaining.
NU- That’s a personal question – we are too private.
VM – Keith, we noticed there are no musical instruments or anything musical in your home.
KK- Well, that’s the past; that’s my past. (at this point Keith tears up and starts weeping)
NU- We talked while in Tahiti and we both felt that music was a hobby for Keith not really anything solid. Since he left that he has become more devoted to me, to our union. The music was a distraction from what is important. I just, well, we just felt that since I didn't understand it, music wasn't that cohesive to our goals.
VM - Your goals?
NU - Yes we are a complete family unit, and we will present ourselves as such. When I make a movie, we make that movie, and Keith sees how blissful that is. I can't see life without that devotion.
VM- How is the day to day care of the baby going?
NU- I hear it’s a struggle but we all vent and I make sure we are all a team. The baby is well cared for. She is from heaven and the gods and we are lucky to be in her light. My parents and sister are helpful and we are so close. I had other children but not like this.
KK- (sniffling and wiping his eyes) She is precious and small and mine. She is my child and when I have seen her she seems so aware of this time, this place. She is very in the moment.
VM - What is your favorite memory of the baby so far?
NU - When she heard my voice and smiled that was our connection.
KK - During one of the hours I was able to be in the nursery the nurse held her up and she smiled at me.
NU- Darling, that was gas.
KK- No, sweetheart, she was told by Nurse Gulch ‘that is your father’. She knew.
NU -Thank you for coming today, but I have my spin yoga class.
KK - I am watching a movie of my 2005 concert from Red Rocks.
VM- Well thank you both for sharing this time with us.
NU- Yes, I guess we will have photos for your article (she gets ups and leaves).
KK - Hey baby, that’s a great skirt you have on. Would you like to stay have a drink and watch a movie with me?
VM- Well, um I …
KK- C'mon darlin’, I can show you the house maybe even show you the great tub I have in my wing…
KK- Yeah, c'mon, let’s go!
NU- KEITH! Damn it. Go back to your wing and don’t forget about calling your mother. I am sorry he has these funny moments and people didn't really understand his humor. Thank you again.
We never did see the baby.