Deborra-Lee Furness, the former wife of Hugh Jackman, recently made her first public appearance since their unexpected separation. The 67-year-old actress unexpectedly found herself on the line during a live radio interview with Australian radio DJs Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson.
The radio hosts were taken aback when Deborra-Lee answered their call, initially believing it to be a mistake. Kyle Sandilands quickly clarified the situation, saying, “We have actually called you by mistake, it’s ridiculous. Seriously, this isn’t a stitch-up.” He continued by expressing their affection for her, saying, “We didn’t mean to actually call you. But now you’re here, we won’t go into it. We love you, we hope you’re well.”
In response, Deborra-Lee graciously acknowledged their mistake, saying, “Thank you guys, I really appreciate it. You’re really sweet.” Kyle also reassured her, acknowledging the sensitivity of the situation, saying, “I just feel it’s too soon. I don’t want to get involved in anything. But we love you, and you ring us when you want to chat.”
With gratitude, Hugh’s former wife responded, “Thank you, guys. I really, really appreciate it,” before ending the call.
The news of Deborra-Lee and Hugh’s separation had shocked their fans, given their 27-year-long marriage. In a statement provided to US publication People, the couple shared, “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.”
They emphasized their commitment to their family, saying, “Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.” The statement, signed as “Deb and Hugh Jackman,” concluded with the assurance that it would be their only statement on the matter.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness had originally met on the set of the Australian TV show “Correlli” in 1995. Their enduring love story led them to marriage on April 11, 1996, and they shared their lives as a couple for nearly three decades. Throughout their marriage, they adopted two children named Oscar and Ava.
The public remains supportive of both Hugh and Deborra-Lee as they navigate this significant life transition while expressing gratitude for the years they spent together in love and commitment.