Hugh Jackman and Wife Deborra-lee Announce Separation

The couple has been married for 27 years.

ugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attends the 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City.
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Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Jackman are officially calling it quits after 27 years of marriage.

In an exclusive statement to People, the couple says, "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."

It continued: "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."

The couple also stated that this is the only statement either of them will make.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Australian director Deborra-Lee Furness attend "The Son" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 07, 2022 in Venice, Italy.

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The two met on the set of the Australian TV series Corelli in 1995 and fell hard,  getting married just a year later on  April 11, 1996. They share two kids, Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18. 

The couple recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary in April, with Hugh celebrating the milestone on his Instagram. "Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart." Additionally, the couple stepped out in July to attend the men's finals at Wimbledon

Sadly, 2023 is shaping up to be the year of celebrity break-ups: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas; Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello; Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez; Sophia Bush and Grant Hughes; and Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth have all separated this year. 

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