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Nicole Kidman Comes Home from Work with Bruises on Her Body and It Tears Keith Urban up Inside

For 11 years now, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have been together and the couple appears to be more in love than ever.

But as a musician and working actress, both of them stay incredibly busy. With Urban in the middle of touring and Kidman filming, “Untouchable,” it’s clear they both make extra effort to see each other when their schedules align.

However, in a recent interview with Vogue, Kidman opened up about the couple’s dynamic while she was filming her latest HBO series, “Big Little Lies.” It turns out that Urban was completely unsettled almost every evening when she came home from set.

The show is based on the New York Times No. 1 best-seller “Big Little Lies” — a “darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship,” according to HBO.

In the show, Kidman plays Celeste, a woman struggling with a volatile relationship with her husband, Perry. According to Vogue, her character even tells a therapist in an episode:

“It’s as if we turn each other on by rage.”

But with her aggressive, on-screen role came vigorous acting. She told Vogue about the condition she came home in:

“I didn’t realize how much of it penetrated me. I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil because I was being thrown around physically. I was really bruised.”

However, Kidman being bruised was not something her husband enjoyed seeing. In fact, she told Vogue that it crushed Urban to see her in a battered condition::

“At one point Keith was like ‘I’m going to take a photo of your back because it’s covered in deep, massive bruises.’ He was devastated seeing it … ”

Although Kidman did say that Urban was also proud of her and the passion she holds for her craft:

“But then he would say, ‘But I have an artist wife!’ He knows that’s how I work; I don’t even notice it half the time.”

As for Kidman’s bruises, they, of course, eventually faded. But she noted that psychologically, the role of Celeste was the furthest she’s ever gone:

“I loved playing her, because she was a beautifully written character with a director that totally wanted to go there. … That’s what we all seek as actors. But at the same time, when I walked away from it, I remember thinking that was the deepest I’ve gone in terms of finding and losing things.”

And according to Kidman, however deep she — as well as her co-star Alexander Skarsgård — went into playing out their abusive relationship really paid off:

“I’ve been reading articles that people have sent me that say they are glad this has started a discussion. You have domestic violence counselors who are analyzing the relationship and saying how authentic it is just because he’s capable of falling into his knees and crying and apologizing and saying he’s going to change. He’s a mix of control and possessiveness and shame and repentance. It’s a very dangerous and toxic relationship, but as they both like to say, ‘they love each other.’”

Since the show wrapped production, it’s easy to believe that Kidman was more than ready to get back to her real-life relationship with Urban, who believes that black and blue isn’t Kidman’s color.