Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Jackman have decided to end their marriage after 27 years and two children.
“We have been blessed to share almost 3 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,” they said in a joint statement. Their separation was first reported by People Magazine.
They emphasized that this statement would be the only one regarding their breakup. They added that their family remains their top priority and they will approach “this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.”
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Jackman Announce Split
A representative for the couple confirmed the statement to The Associated Press on Friday.
The pair met in 1995 on the set of an Australian television show where both were actors. At the time, Deborra-lee Furness was the more established of the two. They married in 1996 and had two children: Oscar, now 23, and Ava, now 18. Jackman subsequently rose to major stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway.
For years, the couple has been a staple on the red carpet, posing together at the Oscars, Broadway events, and the Met Gala, including its most recent edition in May. They attended Wimbledon together in July.
In April, Jackman celebrated their 27th anniversary with a tribute on Instagram.
“I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life,” he wrote. “Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage, and loyalty is an incredible gift to me.”
Furness, 67, is an advocate for orphans and adoption, especially in her native Australia, and one of the founding members of National Adoption Awareness Week.
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Jackman, 54, known for his role as the superhero Wolverine, is set to reprise the character in “Deadpool 3,” which is currently on hold due to the actor’s strike.
With information from People