Kidman, Urban parents again

Nicole Kidman and New Zealand-born Keith Urban are parents again, revealing they welcomed baby daughter Faith Margaret into the world almost three weeks ago.

Kidman and Urban are Faith's biological parents.

She was born via a surrogate at the Centennial Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 28 under a veil of secrecy involving the Australian celebrity couple booking out the entire top floor of the hospital and secretly entering the facility via a staff-only service elevator.

"Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," Kidman and Urban said after celebrity website TMZ.com reported the birth.

"No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."

It is the couple's second child - Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose on July 7, 2008, in Nashville.

Kidman has two adopted children with former husband Tom Cruise, Isabella, 18, and Connor, 15, who live with Cruise in Los Angeles, but the teenagers are rarely seen in public with Kidman.

Kidman and Urban, who married in 2006, probably deserve this year's best actress and actor Academy Awards for keeping Faith a secret.

Kidman has been on the hustings in the US, Australia and Europe undertaking numerous interviews to promote her passion project, Rabbit Hole, a harrowing drama she produced and stars in as a mother dealing with the sudden death of a young son.

Urban has also sat through plenty of interviews.

The couple, both 43, walked what the Guinness Book of Records calls the longest red carpet in the world at Sunday's Golden Globes in Los Angeles and managed to keep Faith a secret.

Kidman missed out on the Golden Globe best dramatic actress award for Rabbit Hole, but ironically expectant mother Natalie Portman took the gold statue for her performance in Black Swan.

Kidman has hinted about her desire to have children and said in the latest issue of the the US edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine that Isabella and Connor did not regularly visit her in Nashville.

"No, they don't," Kidman said. "They're not crazy about Nashville. They're so grown up now. I mean, they're adults."

- AAP

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