Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness Break Up After 27 Years of Marriage

Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness have separated after nearly three decades of marriage: "Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth."

By Kisha Forde Sep 15, 2023 5:49 PMTags
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Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness are calling it quits.

The former couple, who wed in 1996 a year after they met on the set of an Australian TV series, shared that they have decided to separate after 27 years of marriage.

"We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage," the pair told People in a Sept. 15 joint statement. "Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth."

Hugh and Deborra, who are parents to kids Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18, added, "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."

Their decades-long love story began after meeting on the set of Cornelli, where the pair experienced what they called an instant connection.

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"I feel blessed that I experienced that I feel like I met my soulmate," Deborra said during a September 2020 episode of Anh's Brush With Fame, "whatever that is."
She added, "When you find a partner in crime that you share and you grow together—and life is tough, as we know it, it's not all good—and when you have someone there that is so supportive…you can really stand buck naked. You have to."

As for Hugh, he knew it was love at first sight, as well.

"My first job out of drama school—it was a massive break for me," the Emmy winner told Jess Cagle on People TV in 2017. "I was really scared. Deb, she was a big star. I get picked up, and Deb is in the front seat of the car. I'll never forget. She took off her seatbelt and she turned around and put out her hand and took off her sunglasses and said, 'Hi, I'm Deborra-Lee Furness, nice to meet you.' I remember thinking, 'I like this girl.'"

As in really like, the Tony winner realizing their potential well before his future wife.

"I knew very early," he said during a 2018 episode of the Aussies in Hollywood podcast. "I knew before Deb knew, even when she tried to break up with me, I knew. I managed to talk her out of it, thank God. I'm a very indecisive person, you know this about me, Deb really knows this about me. I can count on one hand the amount of times in my life anything has felt that clear to me. I just knew 100 percent."

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That adoration stayed strong for decades, Hugh penning a heartwarming tribute to his wife in 2021 for their 25th wedding anniversary.

"Being married to you Deb is as natural as breathing," the X-Men star wrote in an Instagram post at the time. "From nearly the moment we met ... I knew our destiny was to be together. In our 25 years - our love has only grown deeper. The fun, excitement and adventure more exhilarating; the learning even greater."

"I'm forever grateful to share our love, our life - and, our family together," he added. "We've only just begun."

Scroll on to see the couple over the years.

A Couple of Kids

Look at these bright-eyed soul mates in 1997, about a year after they tied the knot.

Instant Attraction

The Sydney-born actors first met in 1995 on the set of the Australian TV series Correlli.

Corelli's Most Wanted

After a few drinks one night, Hugh admitted to his sexy blond co-star that he was crushing on her—as was the rest of the crew.

True Love

To his pleasant surprise, Deborra returned the sentiment. Somehow, we are not surprised.

Can't Keep His Hands to Himself

Can someone say "body language"?

Sweet Cheeks

Not long after their 10th wedding anniversary, the Australian stars were still hot for each other.

Black Tie Preferred

The Wolverine star gushes about his wife every chance he gets.

Lovely Family

The couple love to spend quality time with daughter Ava Eliot and son Oscar Maximillian—and Hugh's been known to even pull wingman duty for his son as he gold older.

The Night They MET

The classy couple are dressed to the nines at the 2014 Met Gala.

Still Soaring

Deborra is Hugh's date at the Eddie the Eagle premiere in Sydney.

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