On October 12, 2022, Hugh Jackman became 54 years old. When he and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, were married, they had already decided that they wanted children. However, after many months of attempting to conceive a child but being unsuccessful, they made the decision to become parents via adoption.
The romance between Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, who is now his wife, has elements of a timeless talebook romance. They first became acquainted with one another while working on the Australian television series “Corelli,” in which Jackman played a prisoner and Furness worked as a prison psychologist.
While Jackman had only finished his training at a theater school, Furness had already established herself as a major celebrity. However, when the handsome actor from “The Wolverine” first lay eyes on the stunning actress, it was love at first sight for both of them.
Unfortunately, Furness was not in the market for a romantic relationship at that time. She had vowed to herself that she would never date an actor or anybody younger than 30 years old. Jackman did not fulfill all of her requirements. He was an actor and he was 26 years old.
Because of the overwhelming warmth that existed between them from the beginning, Jackman made the decision to pursue Furness and hosted a dinner party at his home for a group of their friends. During their time together, Jackman admitted to having a crush on the actress, and Furness sealed the deal by saying that she felt the same way about him.
Their subsequent courtship quickly became public knowledge at work, and on April 11, 1996, eleven months after their first date, they finally tied the knot. While Jackman was 27, Furness had already reached the age of 40. They were both aware that they wanted children, and as soon as they tied the knot, they began making plans to establish a family of their own.
They came to the conclusion that they could not naturally have children and concluded that adoption would be their best choice moving forward. Jackman, who is 54 years old and a Hollywood icon, has lately discussed what it’s like to be a parent to two children while still having a successful career.
Jackman said that when his children were younger, he would try to keep his struggles a secret from them and would not let them see him when he was having a difficult time or going through a difficult moment in his life.
However, he has lately altered his approach to what he shares with his children and says that he sees how relieved they are when he tells them what is going on in his life rather than protecting them from it. Recently, he has changed his approach to what he discusses with his children.
Jackman also said that he wished to urge other parents to do the same thing, citing the fact that mental health is essential all across the globe and should be discussed more often.
The newlyweds were content in their marriage and expressed excitement about starting a family together. And because of Furness’s age, they immediately started making an effort. They intended to have two children of their own before expanding their family via adoption. Sadly, they found out very quickly that they were unable to conceive naturally, and to quote one of the actors from “Logan,”
“Trying to have children is a fantastic experience; yet, when you have the impression that it’s not going to happen for you, there’s a certain worry that comes along with it.”
He emphasized how difficult it was to work with their feelings after discovering that they were unable to conceive naturally, despite the fact that they had devoted a lot of time and effort into attempting to have a child.
After that, the couple decided to try having a child via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Despite this, Furness had a number of unsuccessful pregnancies, and after some time they made the decision to take a hiatus from trying again.
Due to the fact that miscarriages are not a subject that is often discussed, the actor said that they went through the grief process in private. However, he encourages individuals to speak out more about it since he believes that it occurs more often than people know.
Despite the fact that the couple had planned to have their own biological children, they ultimately decided that adoption was the best choice for them. However, after a number of unsuccessful efforts at conceiving naturally and with the use of IVF, they came to the conclusion that it was time to investigate alternative possibilities. Jackman is reminded of what he said to Furness:
“Adoption was always going to be part of our plans; let’s go ahead and adopt now.”
Jackman and Furness lifted themselves up, despite the challenges they faced, and began the process of adopting a child. According to Jackman, as soon as the procedure got underway, all of their nervousness disappeared. They believed that being adoptive parents was predetermined for them and that it was always in the cards for them to do so.
Their first adoption was an open adoption, which meant that they were already familiar with the child’s biological family and maintained open lines of contact with them. However, the adoption process for their second child was private. They do not now consider their two children to be adopted into their family.
The Children of Furness and Jackman
Oscar Maximillian, who has Croatian and Bosnian lineage, and Ava Eliot, who has Mexican origins, are the two gorgeous children that the actor of “The Son” and his wife, who is also an actress, adopted. Oscar, who was born in 2000, is the family’s first kid and is responsible for bringing the stars happiness and pleasure after a string of setbacks.
Since Oscar came into their life, the small child and his dad have enjoyed an unbreakable relationship, and it continues becoming stronger as Oscar gets older. Since Oscar came into their lives, the stars have been a family.
The elated parent said that he acts as his son’s wingman, assisting him in chatting up attractive women by informing them that his son portrays Wolverine in the X-Men movies.
Ava is the same way, and she and the actor have a unique connection to one another. However, you must not get the two confused. She is unmoved by his renown and famous status, and she has even barred him from attending her dancing lessons since he was the center of attention for all of the other students.
The actor who appeared in “Missing Link” said that adopting children of mixed race has always been a top priority for him since that is where the demand is. When they first began thinking about adoption, he said, they searched about and spoke to individuals in their community. He went on to Explain:
“A lot of people go into [adoption thinking] it’s incredibly important to them for the child to look like them, and honestly, for Deb and I, it simply never even was a problem,” the author says. “A lot of people go into [adoption thinking] it’s really essential for them for the kid to look like them.”
The actor and his wife have found that while being parents has not been a walk in the park, the experience as a whole has been enlightening and satisfying for them. The actress who appeared in “Angel Baby” said that she is much more intelligent than she had previously believed because of her children.
The adventure that is parenthood has been exciting for Furness, and along the road, she has realized that her children never fail to point out her shortcomings. They encourage her to constantly take an introspective look at herself and strive to become a better person.
Furness also highlighted that her home has become a cultural centre as a result of her adoption of children from a variety of backgrounds. They have learnt to accept their individuality and integrate aspects of each culture into their day-to-day lives, despite the fact that her heritage, combined with that of her children and her husband, who is of Australian origin, is quite a lot.
They went out and got their kid a Croatian and Bosnian cookbook, which he carried about with him everywhere he went when he was younger and was quite proud of. As a result of the fact that their daughter is Mexican, the whole family has been to the nation in order to better understand the culture.
Jackman had a difficult time in the beginning adapting to his new role as a parent of children in their teenage years, and the dialogues that ensued were not always pleasant. On the other hand, after a significant amount of readjustment, Jackman says:
“We went from saying, ‘Hey, guys, these are the rules, we don’t do that,’ to having to explain them reasons why we don’t do that,” she said.
The actor loves his time with his children more now that they can watch movies together rather of having to alternate between viewing children’s movies one after another. Everything has been put into perspective for him by keeping his attention on the children and ensuring their safety, and he notes that being a parent has taught him a great deal.