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Keith Urban served as emotional sponsor for recovering alcoholic Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert is singing the praises of fellow country music star Keith Urban after he supported his friend while he struggled with sobriety.

The You Don't Know Her Like I Do hitmaker was having a hard time giving up alcohol, and he found Urban, who is seven years sober himself, keen to help.


Although the two were only acquaintances at the time, Gilbert tells Country Countdown USA that Urban took it upon himself to reach out to the younger singer.


Gilbert reveals, "Keith's actually been a really good dude to me. When I was making changes in my life, I was down and out, I was even in the hospital, and he showed up and spent several hours with me one day out of nowhere, just encouraging me, because I had a lot of worries about doing my job.


"Looking back, I was thinking, since I was 15 years old, I'd been sneaking beers, I hadn't been sober for a lot of these things; I was nervous about writing, performing, and doing my job like I used to."


He continues, "Keith told me, 'Man it's a whole new world. It's different but you're gonna have a lot more fun with it'. He was just uplifting and reassuring. He's one of those guys when you meet him, you know he has a good soul. He has an awesome heart and is an awesome dude.


"That was a pretty impressive thing to me. You meet people in the business, and wonder how compassionate they are. But he showed up out of the blue, and I hardly knew the guy. I'll never forget that as long as I live, and I'm indebted to him now."