Keith Urban photo courtesy Australian Women's Weekly
This will probably come as a shock to many people, but Keith Urban recently stated that he loves his wife, Nicole Kidman, more than his two daughters.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Back a few years ago I remember a story went around that really seemed to anger people for reasons I couldn't quite understand. This lady wrote a story for the New York Times about love, sex, and having kids. In the story, the writer, Ayelet Waldman, had made the statement that she loved her husband more than her kids. Those were apparently fighting words because much of the western world became disgusted and didn't understand how a mother could make such a statement.
I personally completely understood what she was saying and didn't think there was anything wrong with her feelings, but I was one of the few it seemed. The writer had stated that she wasn't in love with her kids but was with her husband. She loved them all but in different ways. It seemed a rational, normal thought to me, but boy was the world of mommies outraged.
It was amusing. I think the writer may have even gotten an Oprah appearance out of it, although I can't be sure.
Now it will be interesting to see if the world has changed at all in the last seven years because Keith Urban recently made a very similar statement to Australian Women's Weekly about how he loves his wife more than his cutie-pie daughters Faith and Sunday.
"We're very, very tight as a family unit and the children are our life, but I know the order of my love," the country music star tells the April issue The Australian Women's Weekly. "It's my wife and then my daughters. I just think it's really important for the kids."
"There are too many parents who start to lose the plot a little and start to give all their love to the kids, and then the partner starts to go without. And then everybody loses. As a kid, all I needed to know was that my parents were solid. Kids shouldn't feel like they are being favoured. It's a dangerous place."
So do you think this will this turn into a sexist thing where people will be more accepting of the fact that a man admits that his wife comes first in his love line or do you think people will be just as outraged by this statement as they were by the admission of the writer in 2005?
It'll be interesting to see.
Just for the record, I still completely understand where this sentiment comes from and think children whose parents are still devoted to each other even after children invade their lives are lucky little people.