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Deborra-lee Furness breaks silence on divorce from Hugh Jackman

The pair were married for 27 years.
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It was the news that shocked showbiz – one of the most enduring, publicly devoted couples of Hollywood had called it quits. 

Beloved Aussies Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness announced on September 15, 2023, that they were separating after 27 years of marriage. 

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Just over four months later, Deborra-Lee has broken her silence on her new life as a single 68-year-old.

“It’s kind of exciting,” the mother of two said to The Advertiser as she reflected upon starting anew. 

“You know what, change, transition, evolution is a little frightening, and we are all a bit scared of it, but I think it is probably our greatest gift.”

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Deborra-Lee has described single life as “exciting.” (Credit: Getty)

Despite her recent comments, it seems like Deborra-Lee is on friendly terms with her ex-husband after the pair were spotted together at The Polo Bar, Ralph Lauren’s New York restaurant alongside their two children; 23-year-old Oscar and 18-year-old Ava for Hugh’s 55th birthday in October 2023.

A source close to the pair dished more details on the ex’s reunion, telling Page Six at the time that it was a “very happy time,” and a “good birthday.”

“It was a lovely evening,” a rep for Hugh later told the publication. 

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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness at this year’s Met Gala. (Credit: Getty)

The following day Hugh took to Instagram to thank friends and family for the birthday wishes.

Sharing a picture from the night before, he wrote: “Thank you ALL for the birthday love!!! I’m reading your messages, seeing the special videos and experiencing all the feels.”

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Hugh Jackman celebrating his 55th birthday. (Credit: Instagram)

“We have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth,” the ex-couple shared in a shock joint announcement in late 2023.

“We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.”

Speaking exclusively to New Idea, one of Hugh’s best friends for more than three decades said, “I do think their relationship changed over the years. It was passionate at the start but then kids life and everything else happens.”

Fortunately, with their children now adults – they’ve spared themselves any custody trauma. 

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Hugh Jackman and his wife at the time Deborra-lee Furness leave the party after the wedding of actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban in Sydney, 2006. (Credit: Getty)

And as the friend reveals, while things may be tough, there’s reason to be hopeful for them both.

“People keep saying it’s sad, but if it’s the right thing for the both of them then it’s not sad at all,” they shared with New Idea exclusively.

“Hugh did, and does, adore Deb, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay together forever.”

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The pair were spotted at the Wimbledon Men’s Final. (Credit: Getty)

And while there’s no talk of any other parties being involved at present, there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be in the future, they explain: “If they aren’t happy together then why not try find happiness with someone else?”

One thing is clear, the reason for the split is not due to Hugh’s rise to megastardom. 

The friend adds, “He’s honestly never changed, despite all that money and fame. He’s so not grand, his closest mates are still the same close mates he knew 30 years ago.”

So will the split spell a bright new chapter? They explained, “I just hope Hugh finds happiness.”

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