The first time their eyes met, Hugh knew she was the one. Ever since, they have walked hand in hand, every step of the way.
This phenomenal actor may have not been a household name growing up but this Australian charm captured our hearts with movies like The Wolverine, The Greatest Showman, and Logan. Irrespective of age, we fell in love with this action hero who mesmerized us with his acting skills and charisma. It is no doubt that Hugh Jackman is a superhero for many of us, but he is the ultimate hero in the life of his partner and love, Deborra-Lee Furness. While the actor might look like a tough man, he is the absolute epitome of romance.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have one of the most enduring marriages in Hollywood. Hugh, who is still smitten by his wife, is a great example of what a partner should be. On the occasion of their 23rd anniversary, the actor posted a hilarious throwback photo of himself and his wife smeared with cake over their teeth. The actor wished his wife Happy anniversary with a hashtag "mydebs".
The Greatest Showman actor met the love of life Deborra long before he entered the glamorous Hollywood industry. He was in his early 20s when he landed his first gig on the Australian TV series Correlli. Deborra who was 13 years elder to him was a huge star at the time and starred in the series. “My first job out of drama school — it was a massive break for me. I was really scared,” told Hugh to People. Talking to People in 2017, Hugh remembers his first encounter with Deborra.
“Deb, she was a big star. I get picked up, and Deb is in the front seat of the car. I’ll never forget. 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,'” said Hugh to People.
The actor was instantaneously attracted to Deborra, but held himself back from opening up to her. Hugh who thought it was highly unprofessional kept his crush to himself and ignored Deb for a week. “Deb and I were already best friends, and I realized, I’ve got a crush on my leading lady. This is the thing you do not do. It’s unprofessional and embarrassing,” said Hugh.
However, after weeks of controlling his feelings, he decided to ask her out. Soon he invited her along with 20 other people for a dinner at his place. He recalled asking her to help him with the dessert. Debora who had noticed Hugh's week-long silence did not shy away from enquiring. “She said, ‘I noticed you haven’t talked to me in like a week, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘I got a crush on you. I’ll get over it, I’m sorry.’ She goes, ‘Oh? Because I’ve got a crush on you too.’ I never in a million years thought she reciprocated,” said Hugh.
The couple in love tried to keep their relationship private until they realized that people around them had already sensed the romantic relationship. Within a year, the couple got married and have been together ever since. Together they raise two kids, Oscar and Ava.
Despite the age difference, Hugh says that he is the adult in the relationship. "I’m literally the adult in the relationship. She’s just like a little kid. I’m the [one saying], ‘Babe, this is not a legal parking spot.’ ‘Oh, come on, Mr. Goody-Goody,’ “said Hugh. He says that he knew Deborra is the one from day one. "Until you feel that comfortable with your partner, you don't really know if you're right together. So literally from day one, Deb and I had that feeling. It was like a relief. I could just be myself. I am not saying we don't ever dress up or impress each other, but being comfortable is a key," he told Good House Keeping Website.
The actor who later became a known name in Hollywood said that feels lucky to have met his wife before his success. "I really think it helps that we were together before any of that," he said on the Today Show in 2018 quoted Hello. "So we've been on this unbelievable journey, places we never thought we'd go to and we've done it together."
Till date, the couple sticks to some rules that have contributed to the success of their relationship. The couple never spends more than two weeks apart and are beside each other most of the time, celebrating their love.