One of Australia’s leading showbiz insiders has slammed ‘stupid’ rumours surrounding Hugh Jackman‘s split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
Speaking to 6PR Breakfast with Millsy and Karl, reporter Peter Ford dismissed the wild theories circulating about the couple’s split and shared his opinion on one of the sad reasons they’ve parted ways.
‘Twenty-seven years of marriage in a showbusiness marriage, that’s a long time, that’s like 186 years in real people’s terms,’ he said.
‘It’s not the most uncommon scenario for a couple in their fifties and sixties that once the kids are off their hands, they decide the glue that held this together isn’t there anymore and we’re going to go our separate paths.’
He added: ‘Some of the stuff I read over the weekend is just too stupid.
‘I keep reading this story where someone said “the cracks were beginning to show” when Deborra-Lee was never at rehearsals for The Music Man. Why would she be? She wasn’t in it!’
One of Australia’s leading showbiz insiders has slammed ‘stupid’ rumours surrounding Hugh Jackman’s split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness. The couple are pictured in April
Reporter Peter Ford dismissed the wild theories circulating about the couple’s split and shared his opinion on the real reason they’ve parted ways
Ford blasted ‘idiots’ in the media for spreading rumours about the A-listers, before sharing some unique insights into Jackman’s mindset.
The veteran reporter claimed to have worked out at the same gym as Jackman many years ago, and said that he often saw the Wolverine star at The Melbourne Theosophical Society.
‘He was always doing courses there on Buddhism and spiritualism and meditation, so he’s always been in search for something,’ said Ford.
Jackman and wife Furness shocked the world on Friday when they announced their decision to split after 27 years of marriage.
‘He was always doing courses there on Buddhism and spiritualism and meditation, so he’s always been in search for something,’ Ford said of Jackman, hinting that there may be a more mystic reason behind the couple’s split
‘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,’ the couple said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
‘Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness,’ it continued.
‘We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.’
The former couple signed the statement as ‘Deb and Hugh Jackman,’ adding: ‘This is the sole statement either of us will make.’
The Australian couple share two children together; Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.
Jackman and wife Furness shocked the world on Friday when they announced their decision to split after 27 years of marriage
At 67, the Australian blonde is 13 years older Hugh, 54, and they’ve previously stated that they have never spent more than two weeks apart since their 1996 wedding.
This April marked the pair’s 27th wedding anniversary and the Wolverine star posted a gushing tribute to his wife.
‘I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years! I love you so much,’ the actor gushed to his 79.1M social media followers.
‘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.’
While he is undoubtedly more well known than his wife, Deborra-Lee had already shot 20 movies by the time she and Jackman met while costarring as a prison psychologist and a brain-damaged convict in ABC TV’s 10-episode series Correlli in 1995.
In 2000, The Music Man thespian and Furness adopted son Oscar Maximilian, 23, in 2005, they adopted now 18-year-old daughter Ava Eliot.
This April marked the pair’s 27th wedding anniversary and the Wolverine star posted a gushing tribute to his wife (including this recent photo of the pair)
‘I think honesty and intimacy and making time [are the secret to a long and happy marriage]. You can’t just assume that things will just tick along okay. You have to make time,’ Hugh told Smooth Radio in February.
Deborra-Lee most recently played Jill Bailey alongside Eric Bana in Robert Connolly’s sequel Force of Nature: The Dry 2, which was released in Australian and New Zealand theaters on August 24.
Hugh has never been shy about speaking on his marriage, and praised Deborra-Lee when promoting his hit film The Greatest Showman in 2017.
At 67, the Australian blonde is 13 years older Hugh, but they’ve never spent more than two weeks apart since their 1996 wedding. Pictured in 1997
It was only weeks after they began dating that Hugh asked Deborra-Lee to marry him, and the couple wed in 1996
In an interview, he called Deborra-Lee his ‘best friend’ and main source of support in both his career, and personal life.
Hugh said of his partner: ‘I’m married to the greatest woman alive. She’s amazing. We’re best friends, and we share everything. She’s smart.’
Talking about how they never spend longer than two weeks apart, he explained that it was because they wish to ‘share everything’ together.
He continued: ‘We always said we’d never spend more than 2 weeks apart. Sometimes life and work does get crazy.
‘But we met on my first job when she was already a big star, I was a nobody. So we have shared everything, all the ups and downs, and always will.’