The acclaimed actress and rocker have shared the personal reason for their return with their two daughters.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have returned to Australia to spend some much-needed time with their mums.

Kidman’s mother Janelle, 81, reportedly has been unwell for much of this year, while Urban’s is now also an octogenarian.

“My mum just turned 80 and Nic’s mum … who knows how many Christmases we get with anybody ever, but particularly with our mums,” Urban told New Idea.

“(We) really cherish that chance to spend Chrissy with (our mums) and our family in Australia.”

Both Kidman and Urban lost their fathers, Anthony Kidman and Bob Urban, in the past 10 years.

“They feel blessed to have a chance to be all together again,” an insider told the publication.

“It’s been too long since they were all together.”

The couple spent some time in Australia early in 2022 while Urban filmed Channel 7’s The Voice Australia.

Soon after arriving in Sydney on Sunday with their daughters Sunday, 14, and Faith, 12, the couple headed to Janelle Kidman’s house on the city’s north shore.

They posed for photos outside the Kidman family home, armed with a bag full of goodies from a local supermarket – including the trusted Arnotts Family Favourites assorted biscuits, poking out from the top of a black shopping bag.

They were later spotted getting into a rented Audi 4WD before heading to the family home.

Speaking on the podcast Fresh Air in January, Kidman said the family was “taking care” of Janelle.

“We’re down here primarily to take care of my mother and to have her surrounded by her grandchildren,” Kidman said.

Despite her mum not being well, Kidman managed to take her to a Matisse exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

“So luckily … we were able to take her into the gallery after hours and show her the Matisse exhibit, which, coming from a mother who’s raised me in the arts, it was soothing balm,” she said.


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Kidman added she was being given a precious chance to see the world as her mother sees it.

“I’m at the place where … my mum is giving me the chance to view the world through an 81-year-old woman’s eyes,” she said.

“That is so beneficial right now, because she’s so cognisant.

“She has every brain faculty available, so she hasn’t lost anything.

“She hasn’t lost any memory, which is fascinating, and she’s extremely bright.

“She’s giving me access, because she’s also very direct and very honest, and so I’m getting access to the world through her eyes, my mother’s eyes.”

Her mum was by her side at the Sydney premiere of Being the Ricardos, in which Kidman plays legend Lucille Ball.

Kidman won a Golden Globe for the role and was also nominated for an Academy Award.

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