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Nicole Kidman is proof that life after Tom Cruise can be very good. (Take note, Katie Holmes!) She talked to Harper's Bazaar about being "deeply shy" when she was married to Cruise, during the period she calls her "fame by association."

Now Nicole is in a relationship where the fame is pretty much on equal level. She's an Oscar winning actress, but Keith Urban is a country singing superstar who will get even more visibility as a new judge on American Idol.

Keith and Nicole have been married for six years — and Nic sounds very happy with the woman her Down Under hubby helped bring out. "He just gave me confidence," she told the magazine, "through just being very kind to me and understanding me, opening me up to trying things, my sexuality, those sorts of things."

She gets pretty sexy in her new film, The Paperboy, co-starring John Cusack and Zac Efron. But she’s no stranger to getting freaky on screen. (Just ask anyone who saw her with Joaquin Phoenix in To Die For.)

Hopefully Nic can return the kindness and understanding to Keith, now that he's literally caught in the middle of the feud between Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. He's gonna need a safe haven!

Source: Harper's Bazaar

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