Hugh Jackman has spoken publicly for the first time about his separation from his wife of 27 years, Deborra-lee Furness. The couple’s joint statement announcing their decision to go their separate ways made headlines over the weekend. In response to a paparazzo’s question about the split, Jackman acknowledged that it’s a “difficult time.”
Hugh Jackman spoke out about his recent separation from his wife of 27 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.
When approached by a paparazzo in NYC, he stated they're going through a difficult time and chose not to delve deeper into the topic. pic.twitter.com/i9Q9OGAQet
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According to a report by TMZ, Hugh Jackman was spotted on the streets of New York City on Saturday when a paparazzo approached him to ask about his separation from Deborra-lee Furness. Jackman responded, “I don’t feel quite right talking about it on the street. But I appreciate your thoughts, man. It’s a difficult time.”
Hugh Jackman was seen wearing a dark T-shirt that highlighted his muscles, paired with black pants, black shoes, and sunglasses. After addressing the question about his separation, the actor was pressed by the cameraman about the status of his upcoming film, Deadpool 3, which is currently paused due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Jackman replied, “Well, I can’t really know … until I get back to work. As soon as possible, man,” before walking away.
The joint statement issued by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness announced their separation after nearly three decades of marriage. In their statement to People, they expressed gratitude for their time together and explained their decision to separate as a means of pursuing individual growth while emphasizing the importance of their family.
The statement read, “We have been blessed to share almost three decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting, and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth. Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness began their relationship after meeting on the set of the Australian TV series Corelli in 1995. They married the following year, on April 11, 1996, and adopted two children together, Oscar and Ava. The couple had attended the Met Gala together in May of the same year before announcing their separation.
As Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness navigate this new chapter in their lives, they have requested privacy and understanding from the public and the media.