Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’ split reportedly came after she started sleeping during his show rehearsals and was a “long time coming”.
The ‘Wolverine’ actor, 54, and his 67-year-old partner, who wed in 1996 and have two adoptive kids – Oscar Maximilian Jackman, 23, and 18-year-old Ava Eliot Jackman – announced on Friday (15.09.23) in a joint statement they were breaking up, and told fans they felt “blessed” for the time they had together.
An insider told Page Six hours after the announcement the break-up had been a “long time coming”.
They added: “It happened a while ago. Friends and family knew about it.”
The source also said there may have been problems between the two for a while, most likely even before Hugh returned to Broadway in February 2022 to perform in ‘The Music Man’.
They went on: “Deb wasn’t at rehearsals very much. (and she) was even spotted snoozing during some of them.”
The insider added no third party was involved in the former couple’s split, but said they had been living like “roommates”.
Hugh and Deborra told People in their statement about splitting: “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.”
The pair signed off as “Deb and Hugh Jackman” and concluded: “This is the sole statement either of us will make.”
They met on the set of TV series ‘Correlli’ in their native Australia in 1995 and their marriage was thought to be one of the strongest in showbiz.
The former couple were regularly spotted out together, including on rides around New York City in scooters and swimming in the Hamptons.
One of ‘The Greatest Showman’ star Hugh’s last Instagram posts with his now-estranged wife was when they attended the Met Gala together in May.
It is unclear at the moment why they decided to split so soon after the getaway.
But they often faced trolling over their 13-year age-difference.
In 2014, Deborra said she felt it was an insult to tell her that she was “lucky” to be married to the younger actor.
She told Woman’s Weekly: “That to me is a putdown. (It’s) like you suggesting I won (a)… raffle. I think we create our own destiny.
“When people look at my life, they don’t know the challenges (I face), just like I don’t know someone else’s (challenges.)”