Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban put on an emotional public display during their red carpet appearance at Cannes, with the actress shocking fans as she burst into tears in front of the world’s cameras.
Heartbreaking new photos show how the Oscar winner openly cried at the premiere of The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, sparking a wave of concern.
While country legend Keith did his best to console his wife of 10 years, Nicole wound up running from the red carpet and her husband as she struggled to compose herself.
‘Everyone was so shocked by Keith and Nicole in Cannes,’ says an onlooker.
‘One minute they were really affectionate, the next Nicole was flushed and clearly upset. When she burst into tears and walked away, everyone was very concerned.
‘She’s usually so composed on the red carpet. To see her and Keith hugging one minute and struggling the next was a shock.’
Now a source tells New Idea they wonder if long separations throughout 2016 – with Nicole’s heavy filming schedule and Keith’s Ripcord world tour taking them to opposite ends of the globe – have taken their toll on the adored couple.
During Nicole’s shocking outburst, the 49-year-old can be seen tearing up, her face red with emotion, before clutching at Keith for support.
When she becomes too overcome and starts to leave the red carpet, Keith can be seen desperately clutching at her to keep her by his side.
While Keith was left alone to handle the fallout, Nicole later returned to co-star Colin Farrell’s side – where she seemed anxious and clingy.
‘She was wringing her hands and seemed very nervous,’ says the onlooker. ‘The tension from earlier was clearly on her mind.’
Last year, 49-year-old Keith admitted that the couple, who have two daughters, Sunday, eight, and Faith, six, had struggled with communication problems in their marriage.
‘I had such a learning curve in our marriage! When she’d get scared, I’d think she was angry – then I’d get defensive, go tearing out the driveway at 90 miles an hour,’ he told Hits magazine. ‘And that’s
when it all gets pear-shaped.’
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