Keith Urban Explains Bizarre Opera Incident Where a Man ‘Whacked’ Nicole Kidman With a Program

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman went to an Opera performance in Australia last month where there was an altercation with another audience member and Nicole.

Keith shared the story on Friday’s Kyle and Jackie O Showper the TODAY show saying, “We didn’t know you’re not supposed to stand in the opera. We’re sitting down, we’re with Nic’s mom and we’re clapping. It was a bloody great performance, it was so good, and I’m looking around, and we’re cheering and cheering, everybody’s cheering, and I look around and I see a few people standing, and a few more, and I went, ‘Oh, bloody hell, I’m getting up.

“And I stood up, and then this guy behind me just like whacked, not me, Nic. Just like really hit her with a program.”

Keith said Nicole exclaimed, “That guy just hit me!” and he joked “violence at the opera ensued, It was a bit of a pickle that I was in because you’re a husband and you want to defend your wife, but I’m like what the hell.  It took a lot of restraint.” ” 

“I think I just looked at him I said, ‘It’s a standing ovation,’ like I didn’t know I’m not allowed to (do it),” he said. “At the same time, I get it. I get that there’s this thing going on where there’s a traditional thing that says you don’t do that. I respect that.”


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