Hugh Jackman has broken his silence after announcing his split from his wife of 27 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.
The 54-year-old actor was out-and-about in New York yesterday when a TMZ paparazzi quizzed Hugh on 'what kind of individual growth he's pursuing next?'.
A clearly unimpressed Hugh responded: "It doesn't feel quite right talking about it on the street but I appreciate your thoughts man, thank you. It's a difficult time."
Hugh's appearance came amid reports that the Wolverine star has been left ‘devastated’ by the breakdown of his marriage.
A source close to the Australian actor told Page Six the star is “very sad’ after the couple announced they were going their separate ways.
Hugh and Deb's shock split
On Friday, fans of the beloved Australian couple were left in shock after they released a statement saying they were parting ways after 27 years together and two kids.
In a statement to People magazine on Friday, the pair 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," the statement continued. "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."
They signed the statement "Deb and Hugh Jackman," and noted, "This is the sole statement either of us will make."
The couple met in 1995 on the set of the TV show Correlli, and went on to have two children together via adoption.
'Morphed into roommates'
It reported that the pair had ‘morphed into roommates’ after COVID-19 lockdowns ‘put a strain on their relationship’, sources claimed.
A source told the Daily Mail the couple grew apart and things haven’t been the same ever since.
“They are forever linked, forever together with the children they have,” the inside said.
“But after the past few years, the love they had for each other turned more into a friendship which got broken during COVID, as the lockdown didn't help their marriage at all and really put a strain on their relationship.”
While the source said the former couple “worked on it”, they just “couldn’t get it back”.
'It happened a while ago'
Another source revealed to Page Six that the writing was on the wall for the couple and it was "a long time coming".
“It happened a while ago. Friends and family knew about it,” they said.
They added that Deb “wasn’t at rehearsals very much” in February 2022 for Hugh’s The Music Man and she was even spotted snoozing during some of them.
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