NICOLE KIDMAN said a fond farewell to country star Keith Urban in Washington DC last week (27OCT05) when she took him out for a romantic meal on the eve of his 38th birthday.

The two Aussies have been romantically linked in recent months, but have refused to talk about their relationship.

But that didn't stop Kidman from setting tongues wagging when she donned a sexy black evening gown to join Urban at the 1789 Restaurant in the US capital.

It was a goodbye of sorts - Urban, who has been seeing quite a lot of Kidman recently, kicked off his latest tour last night (03NOV05).