End of an era: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness announce separation after 27 years


In a heart-wrenching announcement, Hollywood star Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have declared the end of their nearly three-decade-long love story. The couple, known for their enduring relationship, shared the news in a joint statement to People. They revealed their decision to separate while emphasizing their commitment to family and personal growth.

“We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage,” they said in their statement.

Jackman, 54, and Furness, 67, expressed that their journey is now taking a different path as they embark on individual growth. Despite this significant change, their family remains their highest priority. They assured that they approach this new chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.

“Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.”

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A Plea for Privacy and Understanding

The couple also requested understanding and respect for their privacy as they navigate this transition in their lives. The statement, signed “Deb and Hugh Jackman,” concluded with the declaration that this is the sole statement they will make on the matter.

“We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”

Jackman and Furness are both from Australia. They first crossed paths on the set of the Australian TV series “Correlli” in 1995. Their love story blossomed, leading to their wedding in 1996. The couple faced challenges in conceiving naturally and via IVF, eventually adopting two children, Oscar Maximilian Jackman and Ava Eliot Jackman.

“Our motivation behind adopting was, ‘Where is the need?’ What defines you as a human being is underneath all that,” Jackman previously explained.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness were inseparable

The enduring nature of Jackman and Furness’ marriage often garnered praise in an industry known for its transient relationship. The couple was frequently seen enjoying quality time together, engaging in activities that showcased their genuine connection.

“What defines you as a human being is underneath all that,” Jackman’s commitment to equality and love.

Throughout their journey, Jackman and Furness faced criticism. Primarily due to their 13-year age difference, with Jackman being the older spouse. However, they always maintained a united front, addressing societal judgments with humor and grace.

“She’s just like a little kid. I’m the [one saying], ‘Babe, this is not a legal parking spot,'” Jackman once humorously remarked.

Deborra-Lee Furness eloquently emphasized that labeling her as “lucky” for her marriage to Hugh Jackman was an oversimplification. She believed that destiny is created, not won, and emphasized the importance of understanding the challenges each person faces.

“When people look at my life, they don’t know the challenges [I face], just like I don’t know someone else’s [challenges],” Furness once shared.

As the world processes the news of Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’ separation, their love story remains a testament to enduring love, mutual respect, and the ability to weather life’s challenges together. While this chapter of their lives may be closing, the impact of their love and the lessons they’ve shared with the world will undoubtedly continue to resonate.

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