The world has been shocked by the separation of Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, with the two splitting after 27 years of marriage.
Releasing a statement to People over the weekend, the couple said their journey is "shifting" and that they had decided to separate to pursue their "individual growth".
"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."
While the split came as a huge surprise to many fans, it didn't take long for unnamed sources to jump forward to add context to why the two had decided to go their separate ways.
From Covid-19 lockdowns morphing them into "roommates" to others saying the writing had been on the wall for a while after Deb hadn't been seen at Hugh's rehearsals for The Music Man, speculation has been rife about what caused the two to split after such a long time.
Hugh and Deb split rumours 'stupid'
Australian entertainment guru Peter Ford had some insight into the breakup, saying he didn't buy into "any" of the rumours.
Expressing his shock, Ford said the Jackmans always seemed like such a devoted couple, but that 27 years in a marriage - let alone a 'showbusiness' marriage' - is a long time.
"I've heard all the rumours, I don't buy into any of those," Peter Ford told 6PR Breakfast with Millsy and Karl.
"27 years of marriage in a showbusiness marriage, that's a long time, that's like 186 years in real people's terms. It's not the most uncommon scenario for a couple in their 50s and 60s 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," Ford explained.
"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!"
The couple said in their original statement that they would make no further comments on their split at this time.
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