Keith Urban reveals his father is now in hospice care, has 'only got a few weeks'

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Keith Urban's Dad Is in Hospice Care, Has 'Only Got a Few Weeks Left'

Keith Urban is still reeling from the heartbreaking news that his father, Robert Urban, has been recently placed in hospice care.

The 48-year-old Australia native revealed the sad news to The Tennessean, and called his new exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame titled "Keith Urban So Far ...," "bittersweet," given his father's ailing health.

"He's probably only got a few weeks, if that," Urban said. "I've just been dealing with that the last couple of days. This has all come at a very strange time where it's typical of a career that has extreme highs and extreme lows all often at the exact same time. So [the exhibit] is bittersweet a little bit because [my dad] is the catalyst for all of this. My dad is the catalyst for me living in America."

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Urban credits a large part of his career to his father, who used to sew his stage outfits for him when he was still trying to make it in the music business.

"My dad particularly always thought it was important that I dressed like a performer," he explained. "A lot of these country music talent quests I did in Australia, they often had categories for best dressed male or best dressed female and I often won. Sometimes it was the only thing I won."

The country star also thanked his father for inspiring him as an artist, and shared a memorable moment from his childhood. Urban said his father loved country singer Don Williams, and recalled going to a record store in Australia with him to buy one of Williams' albums.

"I said, 'How do you know it's going to be good?'" Urban recalled. "He said, 'It's Don Williams.' It hit me in such a way that I thought, 'I want to make those kinds of records, that people know are going to be solid and they go out and get it.' I want to thank Dad for starting me on this journey."

Urban gushed about his dad on Instagram earlier this year, writing, "Being a Dad gives me a WHOLE new love and appreciation for my Dad -- and everything he's done for me. -- KU #withdad."

Last September, Urban was a constant support for his wife, Nicole Kidman, after her own father died unexpectedly. Dr. Anthony Kidman, a clinical psychologist at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, died in Singapore after a tragic accident in which he fell while visiting Nicole's sister, Antonia.

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CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 16: Honoree Nicole Kidman (L) and recording artist Keith Urban attend the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Women in Film)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'American Idol' XIV grand finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters.) Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
Keith Urban, left, and Nicole Kidman attend the 2015 G’DAY USA GALA at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
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Actress Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban hold hands as they pose for photographers upon arrival at the world premiere of the film Paddington in London, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Australian actress Nicole Kidman (L) and her husband musician Keith Urban (R) kiss as they pose for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of 'Paddington' in London on November 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Nicole Kidman and singer-songwriter Keith Urban attend the BMI 2014 Country Awards at BMI on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
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Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne /Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend the Premiere of 'Inside Llewyn Davis' at The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and musician Keith Urban arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Actress Nicole Kidman, left, and musician Keith Urban depart following the screening of The Paperboy at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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Nichole Kidman, left, is joined by husband Keith Urban before the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban sit in the stands of the Rod Laver Arena before the start of the Men's Singles fourth round match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)
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"He has been so good to me for nine years, but for the last month, which has been a really tough time for me ... he's been amazing," Kidman told Ellen DeGeneres last October about her husband. "To have my husband just step up that way ... it makes me cry. We all go through hard times in our lives, but to be literally carried by your partner, and physically, at times, because I was so devastated. I'll do anything for that man."

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ET caught up with the American Idol judge in July, when he dished on how he and Kidman have been able to make their nine-year marriage work, particularly after the summer of splits.

"It's our priority, you know?" Keith told ET at auditions for the coming season of American Idol. "It's what we love to do more than anything in the world."

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