The Hype

Word on the internet is that Hugh Jackman, 44, is gay. Don't worry about the fact he has one of the most loving and genuine marriages in Hollywood (and Australia) to wife Deborra Lee Furness, 57, or the fact that they have two gorgeous children (adopted after Deborra Lee sadly suffered two miscarriages) together.

While such persistent speculation has previously been ignored by the pair, Hugh has admitted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that such speculation is starting to affect his wife.

Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

"Just recently, it bugs her," he told the magazine of the gay rumours. "She goes: 'It's big. It's everywhere!"

The rumours, though, are just that, says 'X-Men' producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

"I have seen him with Deborra since the beginning of their trip to Hollywood, and I've been on five movie sets with him and have never seen him stray, have never seen him eye anyone," Donner tells THR. "I met him when he did Oklahoma! [at London's Royal National Theatre in 1999]. He was genuine, hugely talented. He was in love with his wife that day and still is."

Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra Lee Furness (R) on their wedding day. Credit: Shirrin Moore

The pair wed in 1996 after meeting on the set of Aussie TV show Corelli.

"I was single when I met her, and she was single," recalls Jackman, up for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Valjean in Les Miserables.

"I was happy being single. I was out of a difficult relationship I'd had through drama school, and it was tumultuous and hard. I'd been living off 120 bucks a week as a student until I was 26. Then, when I met Deb, it was 10 times better than my single life. She was very beautiful. She was unbelievably fun -- this energy, this spirit -- irrepressible. And she had a confidence in herself. I had a massive crush on her instantly."

He adds of his love: "She was sort of the opposite of me. I was very 'Even Steven,' and she was thrilling to me. I was always really attracted to that -- though at one point, as it was getting really serious, it terrified me."

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