When Keith Urban, 39, took home the best male vocalist trophy at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on November 6 (Carrie Underwood took the female vocalist prize), pal Ronnie Dunn ran onstage to read a letter penned by the star: "I'm pained not being there with y'all tonight," it said.
Where was he, you ask?
T.H. Gossip has learned that, since he entered treatment for alcoholism on October 19, Nicole Kidman's husband of four months has been in an inpatient program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where celebs such as Johnny Cash and Anna Nicole Smith have gotten help.
THG NOTE: Whatever "help" Anna Nicole Smith got, it wasn't enough.
Keith is expected to be in rehab for 35-40 days, a source close to Kidman reports. During that time, he'll attend group therapy, lectures and spiritually focused programs (costs start at $21,000).
"They look forward to resuming their life together," says a source.