Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’ love over the years

The couple have separated after 27 years of marriage…

When Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness announced they were separating after 27 years of marriage on September 16, 2023, , it sent shockwaves through their fanbase.

They had been married for 27 years, after all.

After meeting on the set of the Australian miniseries Correlli in 1995, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness had quickly entered a relationship.

The couple then wed on April 11, 1996, in Toorak, Victoria. Of course, shortly after they tied the knot, Hugh’s career took off (namely thanks to Wolverine, The Boy from Oz and Kate & Leopold) and he was catapulted to international stardom.

And he always had Deborra lovingly by his side… Until now.

In a statement exclusively shared with PEOPLE, they said:

“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.

“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.

“This is the sole statement either of us will make.”

To commemorate the end of one of our favourite Hollywood couples, we’ve rounded up the sweetest moments Hugh and Deborra – who share two children together, Oscar and Ava Jackman – have shared over the years.


The 2023 Met Gala, held on May 1, 2023, was Hugh and Deborra’s second last public appearance before their split. The last was when they attended the Wimbledon men’s final together in July.

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On their 27th wedding anniversary, April 11, 2023, Hugh shared this image along with the following heartwarming caption:

“I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 YEARS!! I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humour, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart.”

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Hugh lovingly leaned in for a kiss during The Son red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in 2022.

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In honour of Deb’s birthday, on November 30, 2021, Hugh Jackman wrote alongside this image, “It’s my incredible wife’s birthday. Not sure if I can declare a public holiday!!!

“But feels like we should. Because there’s no one on this planet I know who celebrates every moment of every day like her. Deb, you are everything to me. I love you. Happy birthday!”

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At the 2019 Global Citizen Festival, Hugh and Deb shared a quick hug.

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The couple didn’t seem too perturbed at the Golden Globe Awards after party in 2018, even though Hugh lost out on the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award earlier that evening.

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Hugh and Deborra only had eyes for each other when they walked the red carpet at the 2013 Academy Awards.

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The couple shared a kiss after Hugh won the Special Tony Award at the 66th Annual Tony Awards held in 2012.


The Jackmans looked extremely happy when they attended the handprint and footprint ceremony honouring Hugh at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 21, 2009.


Hugh and Deb posed for this sweet picture at the Coyote Ugly premiere in 2000.


The couple were all smiles at the Club Sinatra Presentation, held on September 15, 1999.


Hugh and Deb attended the Variety Club Heart Awards on July 18, 1997, looking all loved up.


In 1996, after about a year of dating, Hugh and Deb got married.

We wish Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness all the best as they navigate the end of their relationship.

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