After almost three decades of marriage, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have announced their separation. The couple shared the news in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, saying: “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 also emphasized that their family is their highest priority and asked for privacy as they navigate this transition.
The Australian couple, who share two children, Oscar and Ava, have been married for 27 years. Despite their age difference (Furness is 13 years older than Jackman), they have never spent more than two weeks apart since their 1996 wedding. In fact, just this past April, the Wolverine star posted a gushing tribute to his wife on social media in honor of their 27th wedding anniversary.
Fans of the couple have expressed their sadness over the news, with many taking to social media to share their support. One Twitter user wrote, “I’m heartbroken. I thought they were one of the few couples that would make it.” Another added, “This is so sad. They seemed like such a strong couple.”
While it’s always sad to see a long-term relationship come to an end, it’s important to remember that sometimes people grow apart and need to pursue their individual paths. As the couple stated in their announcement, they are moving forward “with gratitude, love, and kindness.”
Fans react to the devastating news
The statement was signed “Deb and Hugh Jackman,” and they made it clear that it would be the only statement they would make on the matter.
One Twitter user wrote, “I’m so sad to hear this news. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have always been one of my favorite celebrity couples. I wish them both all the best as they navigate this new chapter in their lives.”
Another fan tweeted, “I’m heartbroken for Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. They seemed like such a happy couple. I hope they can both find happiness and peace during this difficult time.”