[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 07:28 GMT 08:28 UK
Country star Urban has bike crash
Keith Urban
Urban married Hollywood star Nicole Kidman in 2006
Country music singer Keith Urban has crashed his motorcycle on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.

"I sped up, and in an effort to elude an oncoming car, which was making an illegal U-turn, saw no choice but to drop my bike," he said in a statement.

Urban added that his pursuer came to his assistance "without taking photos".

The New Zealand-born singer, who grew up in Australia, completed a three-month stint in rehabilitation for alcohol abuse earlier this year.

He checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, last October, less than four months after his wedding to actress Nicole Kidman.

While in the clinic he missed the release of his latest album, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, and was not present to accept his second male vocalist of the year honour at the Country Music Association Awards.

The singer put his accident down to "one person's desire to do his job and my desire to maintain my privacy."



SEE ALSO
Urban takes art namesake to court
07 Feb 07 |  Entertainment
Urban speaks of rehab 'challenge'
23 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Singer Urban ends rehab treatment
17 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Urban tribute at country awards
07 Nov 06 |  Entertainment
Singer Urban enters rehab clinic
22 Oct 06 |  Entertainment
Kidman marries singer Keith Urban
25 Jun 06 |  Entertainment

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific