Hugh Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, has called out the constant gay rumors that have surrounded their 24-year marriage.
The Aussie actress told comedian Anh Do on his program, Anh’s Brush With Fame, that the couple’s sexuality has been tabloid fodder since they married in 1996.
“I see these magazines and they’re so mean-spirited,” the 64-year-old said on the September 29 episode. “I hope people realize it’s all made up. Nicole [Kidman] and Keith [Urban] get divorced every week and I sit here and I’m like, ‘They’re perfectly happy.’ “The magazines just make up lies and they get away with it. It’s hurtful.”
Furness met Jackman in 1995 on the set of the Aussie prison series Correlli and they married one year later.
Somehow some critics weren’t buying their union and speculated whether Jackman was gay.
It’s a long-standing rumor that has followed them from Australia to the US, but Furness now takes the rumors in her stride.
“He’s been gay for so many years. I was gay too when I did my 1988 film Shame. They were shocked when I got married,” joked Furness, who shares two adopted children with the actor: Oscar, 20 and Ava, 15.
“It’s just wrong. It’s like someone saying to Elton John, ‘Oh, he’s straight’. I’m sure he’d be pi**ed! And so what! What are we discussing here?”
While the actress can joke about it now, the rumors about Jackman’s sexuality did understandably affect her at one point.
In a 2013 interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Jackman said that although the rumors didn’t bother him, it did take a toll on his wife.
“If I was [homosexual], I would be. I don’t think — to me, it’s not the most interesting thing about a person anyway, but I do get frustrated for Deb, because I see Deb go, ‘Ah, this is crazy,'” he said.
“On some level it’s a compliment, you know, because it only happens when you’ve got to a certain point in your career.”