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Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee Furness | Source: Getty Images
Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee Furness | Source: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman’s Wife, 67, ‘Gets Better with Age’ While Deemed Old — Their ‘Sham’ Marriage Prevails after 27 Years

Vanessa Seifert
Apr 14, 2023
09:45 A.M.
  • Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness recently celebrated their 27th anniversary.
  • Despite their long-lasting marriage, some have labeled the union a "sham."
  • Jackman was also thought to be gay.
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Australian actor Hugh Jackman is famously known for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" film franchise and is one of the actors with the longest-standing career with Marvel.

But before Jackman made it big, his life was difficult and lonely until he met his wife of 27 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, an Australian actress.

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Furness in New York in 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Furness in New York in 2003 | Source: Getty Images

The couple recently celebrated their 27th anniversary, and Jackman shared the milestone on Instagram with a sweet, heartfelt message.

Celebrating 27 Years Despite "Sham" Marriage

After 27 years of marriage, Jackman still has only good things to say about his wife and still looks forward to spending the rest of his life with her.

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Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

The actor wrote, "I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage, and loyalty are incredible gifts to me. I love you with all my heart."

Jackman first met Furness on the set of the Australian TV show "Corelli" and immediately knew she was the one for him. Three weeks into their relationship, Furness tried to break up with him, but the actor managed to talk her out of it, which he is still very thankful for.

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Jackman admitted that he was not the most decisive person and can count a few times he's been sure about something, and choosing Furness as his life partner was one of the rare instances.

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

Although Jackman's marriage has stayed strong for over two decades, it has also received a lot of criticism. The actor's union has been labeled a "sham," suspecting him to be gay.

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One tweet expressed dismay, accusing Jackman of being a "closet case who won't come out" and using his "sham marriage" to conceal his true identity.

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Furness in New York in 2011 | Source: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra Furness in New York in 2011 | Source: Getty Images

Despite the hate directed at their relationship, the couple has managed to cancel out the noise and focus on growing a stronger connection.

Their Unique Love Story

When Jackman met Furness, they were both single. The actor had just gotten out of a relationship he had sustained throughout drama school. On the other hand, Furness had a career that had already kicked off, but she was living a single life she did not want to complicate with something serious.

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Things had been bleak for Jackman, who was living on $120 a week. Despite the challenging aspects of his life, he felt much better when Furness came along. He recalled:

"She was very beautiful. She was unbelievably fun — this energy, this spirit — irrepressible. And she had a confidence in herself. I had a massive crush on her instantly."

Jackman was attracted to how different his wife was from him; he described himself as an "Even Steven," while she was more outgoing.

On their 25th anniversary, Jackman shared another sweet message about his wife. He said being married to Furness felt "as natural as breathing."

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2008 | Source: Getty images

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He expressed that their marriage had only improved and strengthened throughout the years, and he appreciated the adventure and lessons from his time with his wife and the family they had created.

Although the couple has ignored the noise about Jakcman's sexuality, they have been aware of the negative comments about their marriage and admitted that it sometimes bothers them.

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah-Lee Furness in New York in 2009| Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah-Lee Furness in New York in 2009| Source: Getty images

The "Shame" actress was shocked at the remarks about her husband, but mostly she thought it was sad that people gossiped about someone they did not know.

During an interview on the "Not an Overnight Success" podcast, the Australian actress spoke more about the rumors about her husband. She said if Jackman were gay, he would live free out of the closet and date someone he liked. Furness found the whole narrative to be "silly" and "boring."

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Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2015 | Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in Australia in 2015 | Source: Getty images

Jackman also addressed claims about his sexuality on "60 Minutes Australia" and said, "If I was gay, I would be," and that he found a person's sexuality to be the least exciting thing about them.

The bashing has not only been pointed at Jackman but at his wife too, who was deemed Jackman's "ugly old wife," suggesting the actor could do better.

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Comments about Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness | Source: Facebook.com/Starts at 60

Comments about Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness | Source: Facebook.com/Starts at 60

However, a fan was quick to defend Furness, claiming she "seems to get better with age" and praising her union with Jackman for lasting 27 years.

Deb's Rules When She Met Hugh

One of the reasons Furness has loved her husband for almost three decades was his humor, but she did not think he was funnier than her. The actress believed she was the one that gave him the best material.

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in New York in 2005 | Source: Getty images

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness in New York in 2005 | Source: Getty images

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Aside from sharing laughter, the foundation of their long-lasting marriage is love. Furness said, "When you love someone, you want the best for them." Jackman, on the other hand, believes their key is honesty.

As two actors who know the intensity of the industry, the actor revealed they came up with a few rules for their marriage. They agreed to not be apart for more than two weeks and not to go to bed mad at each other, even if it meant staying up all night to resolve the issue.

Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their children, Oscar and Ava, in California in 2009 | Source: Getty Imagesin

Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their children, Oscar and Ava, in California in 2009 | Source: Getty Imagesin

The "Logan" star also felt it crucial to be able to express anything to his partner, no matter how embarrassing it may seem.

Opening up about their problems with fertility, the actor said he had always wanted to adopt, but he and Furness still tried to conceive naturally.

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When it didn't work, they tried IVF, which resulted in a few miscarriages. Eventually, their heartache was consoled when they welcomed their two children, Oscar and Ava, through adoption.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in New York City in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness in New York City in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Family is an important part of the Jackmans. For Furness, having a family means safety, and she loves to remind her loved ones how precious they are.

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