Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra Lee Furness, are one of the Hollywood couples who defied all stereotypes and stayed married for two decades. The couple met on the set of Australian TV show “Corelli” in 1995.
According to the interview with Today, Jackman knew within two weeks that he would spend the rest of his life with Furness. Luckily, she felt the same, and the couple got married a year later.
Although they are the norm for a happy marriage in Hollywood, they had to endure several rumors, usually unpleasant and unbelievable. One of them was speculation that Jackman was gay, which was immediately rebuffed by Furness. Read on to get more details.
“He would go out with Brad Pitt”
On the “Not an overnight successpodcast on Sunday, Furness addressed rumors that have resurfaced about her husband’s sexuality. She insisted it was a false rumor and that he had no reason to keep this part of his life a secret if that was the case.
“Hugh has been gay for anything, I mean hello guys – if he was gay, he could be gay. He didn’t have to hide in the closet anymore, and he would be dating Brad Pitt, or whatever. Not that Brad is gay, but you know what I mean!
Furness, who shares Oscar, 21, and Ava, 16, with the actor, continued: “[We] don’t read a lot of that stuff. It’s so silly, and then people perpetuate silly things, and it’s boring.
Besides being “silly and boring”, it constantly amazed her how magazines and publications could continually perpetuate a false narrative about her husband’s personal life.
“What they’re selling is schadenfreude. They sell misery. People have to want to believe that other people are miserable because it makes them feel better about themselves.
This isn’t the first time this rumor has surfaced.
Seven years ago, the ‘X-Men’ star told Australia’s ’60 Minutes’ that he was tired of speculation he was gay. On the contrary, he wished people would stop questioning his sexuality, adding that it was not the most exciting thing about anyone. He also added that this rumor annoys his wife, who finds it difficult to dismiss rumors of sexuality.
“Just lately it’s been bothering her,” Jackman said, citing things his wife picks up online. “She says, ‘That’s big. It’s everywhere!'”
On the other hand, his wife got a little visceral about the speculation, calling it “offensive”.
“If he was gay, okay, he would say he’s gay,” she told 60 Minutes. “It’s annoying because it’s not true.”
They recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary
The speculation comes after the couple celebrated their 26th birthday earlier this month. On their wedding anniversary, the 53-year-old actor took to his Instagram to pay an extraordinary tribute to his wife.
“Today I celebrate 26 years of marriage to my amazing wife. Every day is filled with laughter, joy and backgammon!! Deb, you light up my life. I love you with all my heart!” The ‘Les Miserables’ star captioned an image of them cuddling on the beach.
He also spoke to Today about how her relationship doesn’t feel like so much work. “It was one of the best things of my life.”
He added that his wife was the “lightest and most optimistic” person he had ever met in his life.
“Like, if you ever want to play, who’s the happiest person in the room? Deb wins.
During the pandemic, Jackman noted that the lockdown has strengthened their bond, adding that it has allowed him to get closer to his wife.
“We were just saying the other day – we’ve never spent so much time together. But having this time without either of us working, being with the family. We’ve had this opportunity to be together, and the results are there: closer.
Furness feels an incredible connection with her husband
On the other hand, the “Fire” alum spoke to We about the unique bond she has with her husband.
“I feel blessed to have experienced the feeling of having met my soul mate, whoever that is,” Furness said on Anh’s “Brush With Fame” in 2020.
She added that although her husband is not as funny as her, he still makes her laugh. “Not as funny as me, but he’s good. I give him all his best material!
The actress also revealed the secret to their long-standing relationship, which was “love.”
“When you love someone, you want the best for them. When you find a partner in crime that you share and grow together – and life is tough, as we know, not all is good – and when you have someone so supportive, you can stay naked. That’s who it is, and you’re loved; there’s nothing better.”