Actor Hugh Jackman is separating from wife Deborra-Lee after being married for 27 years and sharing two children.
In an exclusive statement sent to People Magazine, the couple shared that this was the sole statement they were making together on the topic, requesting to be granted privacy at this time.
“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 ‘X-men’ actor met his wife in 1995 on the set of Australian television series ‘Corelli’ when he was fresh out of drama school, and Deborra was an already established star.
“Deb, she was a big star…I get picked up, and Deb is in the front seat of the car. I’ll never forget,” Hugh told PEOPLE in 2017 about their first meeting. “She took off her seatbelt and she turned around and put out her hand and took off her sunglasses and said, ‘Hi, I’m Deborra-lee Furness, nice to meet you.’ I remember thinking, ‘I like this girl.'”
According to Page Six, insiders have said the split was a long time coming, saying friends and family members weren’t surprised by the announcement.
Deborrah wasn’t spotted at any of her husband’s recent rehearsals, the insiders shared, “nd was even spotted snoozing during some of them.”
The insider added there wasn’t any third party involvement, and the couple had simply morphed into “roommates”.