When Keith Urban arrived without his wife, Nicole Kidman, in Caloundra, Australia, for the funeral of his father, rumors swirled that their marriage was on the rocks.

Wearing dark shades and a black suit, a grief-stricken Keith visited with family and helped deliver the Dec. 17 eulogy for Robert “Bob” Urban, before heading back to Nicole and their daughters, Sunday, 7, and Faith, 5, in London.

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Nicole and Keith in September 2015.

And while one insider tells Closer that Keith, 48, “would have liked to have had his wife by his side” at his father’s funeral, he was understanding about her absence.

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Nicole, 48, is busy filming How to Talk to Girls at Parties in London, and production would have shut down if she took time off, putting a big strain on the indie movie’s small budget. “She is committed to her work,” says a friend, who notes that her family moved to London, where Nicole also starred in the play Photograph 51. “Keith loves that about her. He is very forgiving.”

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