Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’ relationship was reportedly “strained” by the COVID pandemic and writers strike in Hollywood, culminating in the announcement of their separation after almost three decades together.
The Australian couple announced in a joint statement on Saturday morning AEST they had parted ways to pursue “individual growth”.
“We have been blessed to share almost three 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,” the statement read.
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They had been together for 27 years and, in that time, adopted two children who are both now adults.
Their separation was first reported by People magazine.
In the statement, the couple said no further comment would be offered on the circumstances behind their decision to split.
But a source told the US Daily Mail their relationship had been strained during COVID-19 lockdowns.
“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,” the anonymous source said.
“They worked on it and couldn’t get it back.”
The source added that the writer’s strike in Hollywood hadn’t “helped one bit”.
The couple met in 1995 on the set of an Australian television show where both were actors.
Deborra-Lee Furness at the time was the more established of the two.
They married in 1996 and had two children: Oscar, now 23, and Ava, now 18.
Jackman also ascended to become a major star in Hollywood and on Broadway.
In April, Jackman celebrated their 27th anniversary with a tribute on Instagram.
“I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life,” he wrote.
“Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humour, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me.”
The couple have been red carpet mainstays for years, posing together at the Oscars, at Broadway events and at the Met Gala, including the most recent edition in May.
They attended Wimbledon together in July.
Furness, 67, is an advocate for orphans and adoption, especially in her native Australia, and one of the founding members of National Adoption Awareness Week.
Jackman, 54, who played the superhero Wolverine in several movies, is reprising the role in Deadpool 3, which is on hold due to the actors strike.