Hugh Jackman: Gay rumors not true but still affecting family life

Hugh Jackman: Gay rumors not true but still affecting family life

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Feb 14, 2013 at 1:06 AM PST
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"Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman denies gay rumors and says his wife gets disturbed whenever she hears people talk about him being a gay.

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the actor opened up over how gay rumors, though untrue, are affecting his 16-year marriage to Deborra-Lee Furness. The "Les Miserables" star said that dealing with such rumors is especially difficult for Furness, who keeps on asking him why magazines and TV shows are always talking about it when there is no truth to it at all.

Jackman, unlike other stars, does not spend weeks or months away from family for shooting purposes. The first time he was away from Furness was during the filming of “Les Mis,” for which he has been nominated an Oscar for the Best Actor. Together, Jackman and Furness are parents to Oscar, 12 and Ava, seven.

Jackman's "X-Men" producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, has also denied the rumors.

"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 told 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."

Jackman and Furness, who is 13 years older than him, first met on the set of "Correlli," a prison-set TV series.

After 16 years of marriage, Jackman still remembers how meeting Furness was ten times better than his 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 said.

When asked whether the actor will continue the "X-Men" series after just finishing its sixth installment, Jackman did not give a clear answer, saying that he wants to spend some time with his family, especially his son, who has dyslexia.

Jackman has turned down several roles in the past, such as playing James Bond, because he felt the role would box him too much in the action category and playing Richard Gere's role in 2002’s “Chicago,” because he was too young to walk in the legend’s shoes.

The actor also revealed in the interview that News Corp director, Rupert Murdoch is such a close friend of his that he once asked Jackman to become his daughter’s godfather.

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Hugh Jackman says gay rumors not true but still affecting family life (Reuters)
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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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