Inside Karl Urban’s Love Life: From Ex-Wife Natalie Wihongi to Parenting Struggles

By RahulPublished on: June 16, 2024 Updated on: June 17, 2024
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Karl Urban’s previous marriage to Natalie Wihongi, a talented makeup artist from New Zealand, is a fascinating chapter in his life that often gets overshadowed by his Hollywood fame. Natalie wasn’t just his partner; she was Karl’s rock.

Back in 2010, during an interview with Women’s Health Mag, the New Zealander acknowledged how lucky he was to have such a supportive life partner and that he wouldn’t have been able to climb the success ladder without her.

Being able to confide in someone who is patient with you, who understands and supports you. I don’t believe I could work as effectively at what I do without the support of my wife.

Being an actor often means long shoots in faraway places, and for Karl, this meant a lot of time away from home. But Natalie handled it like a champ, managing the household and keeping the family grounded while Karl was off fighting orcs.

Karl Urban and Natalie Wihongi in a side by side picture
Karl’s ex, Natalie is a make-up artist.

Even though they ended their marriage in 2014, they remain on good terms. Their joint statement said, “We are committed to maintaining our family relationship, working together to ensure that our children are affected as little as possible.”

He Has Few Regrets About Not Being Able to Spend Time with his Sons

Karl’s got a pretty sweet gig, saving the world on-screen and all, but if there’s one thing that gets to him, it’s not being able to hang out with his two sons, Hunter, 23, and Indiana, 19, as much as he’d like. Sure, fighting superheroes and orcs is cool, but missing out on family time? Not so much.

Fun Fact: He named his youngest son Indiana as a nod to the eponymous Indiana Jones franchise, his all-time favorite movie.

He’s been pretty open about how tough it is to balance his blockbuster schedule with being a dad, especially after divorce from his ex-wife. He once told TheGuardian, “I feel incredibly blessed and grateful for this amazing career and all the opportunity that comes with it. But there is a sacrifice. I have missed countless birthdays of my boys; funerals of friends. And season three was the first time in my career that I had seven months away from my family. That was hard.”

Imagine being stuck on the other side of the world, filming The Boys in Toronto, while your kids are growing up back in New Zealand. That’s the kind of stuff that keeps Karl up at night. He jokes about the “bigger the kids, the bigger the problems” line, but deep down, he knows he’s missing some key moments.

Karl Urban's children with his ex-wife
He is a father of two sons, Hunter (Left) and Indiana (right).

Karl’s role as Billy Butcher in The Boys interestingly parallels his real-life parenting struggles. Butcher’s character also faces challenges with a makeshift family, dealing with the conflict between his violent mission and the softer side of being a protector and father figure.

Spoiler Alert: In the third season, Butcher gets superpowers and grapples with the cost of power, which Karl likens to the pain of balancing intense career demands with family life.

Despite these challenges, Karl finds joy in watching his sons grow and find their own paths. He believes in giving them the space to make their own decisions while being there to support them through their journey. “Everybody, ultimately, has to make that journey for themselves and stand on their own two feet. At some point, the umbilical cord gets cut,” he reflects.

And they have certainly grown out of the nest having graduated high school. Hunter, the oldest, completed high school at Kristin School and went on to study at Western Springs College. Indiana, following in his brother’s footsteps, has also graduated from high school and is pursuing his own interests.

He Is Incredibly Uptight About His Private Life

Karl might be all over our screens, but when it comes to his personal life, he’s got a pretty firm stance on keeping things private. He’s not one to bask in the limelight off-set, and he’s definitely not into the whole fan club thing. In fact, Karl’s all about drawing a clear line between his work and his personal world.

In a 1998 interview with Whoosh!, he talked about how he appreciates the fans and their support, but he’s not super comfortable with the idea of his life being under a microscope. “I value my own privacy for as long as I can possibly have it,” he said. Although he understands why some of his peers are okay with fan clubs, he’d rather people focus on his characters than on him.

The 52 year-old actor is not exactly thrilled about the whole pedestal thing either. He’s had moments where fans at conventions have asked if they could hug him or touch him, and he’s had to remind them, “Hey, I’m just a regular person.” For him, it’s all about maintaining that normalcy. “I’m just a normal guy. I eat and sleep and do other things just like everybody else,” he’s said.

Urban is just as private when it comes to his love life. He never openly revealed he was dating actress Katee Sackhoff. The public only found out they had broken up when Karl corrected an article about him and Katee, a whole year after their split.

Karl Urban in twitter
Karl tweeted that he and his girlfriend Katee have broken-up.

His firm stance on privacy means that no one really knows if he’s dating someone currently or not. He’s definitely keeping that part of his life under wraps.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.