In a shocking revelation that has sent ripples through Hollywood and beyond, beloved actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, have announced their decision to divorce after an enduring 27-year marriage. The news broke through various US media outlets and was confirmed by a statement from the couple themselves.
The couple’s love story began on the set of the Australian television show “Correlli” back in 1995, when Furness was an established actress and Jackman was a fresh graduate from drama school. Their bond blossomed, leading to a fairy-tale wedding in April 1996, marking the start of a journey that would see them adopt two children, now aged 23 and 18.
In an emotional joint statement to celebrity magazine People, the couple reflected on their nearly three decades of togetherness: “Our journey now is shifting, and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.” Despite this significant life change, they emphasized that their family remains their highest priority, highlighting their enduring love and commitment to their children.
“We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness,” their statement continued, underscoring their desire for privacy during this sensitive time. “We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”
Jackman, renowned for his iconic portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise and his roles in hit films like “The Greatest Showman” and “Les Misérables,” has been candid about his deep affection for Furness throughout their marriage. On their 27th wedding anniversary last April, he took to social media to declare his love, reminiscing about their beautiful journey together.
“I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 YEARS!!” he wrote. “I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage, and loyalty are an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart.”
Their relationship has been an enduring and heartwarming narrative, marked by numerous public displays of affection and admiration. In 2021, on their silver wedding anniversary, Jackman described their marriage as “natural as breathing,” a testament to the deep connection they shared.
Photographed together at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London just this past July, Jackman and Furness appeared united as they watched Carlos Alcaraz play Novak Djokovic, giving no indication of the storm that was brewing behind closed doors.
Aside from their personal challenges, Jackman has faced his own health battles, including several procedures to remove skin cancer since his first diagnosis in 2013. In April, he informed his fans on social media that he had received the all-clear following his most recent tests.
As this power couple embarks on a new chapter in their lives, their fans and the public at large can only respect their wish for privacy and extend their well wishes for Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness as they navigate this challenging transition.