Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness responds to rumours he is gay

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Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness has spoken out about “mean-spirited” rumours that the X-Men star is gay.

Actor and producer Furness, 64, has been married to the 51-year-old actor for 24 years and they have two children together.

Furness was asked about the long-running rumours about Jackman’s sexuality on Australian chat show Anh's Brush With Fame.

She said: “They are just so mean-spirited. I hope people realise it's all made up. It’s just wrong.

“He’s been gay so many years. I was gay too. You know when I did Shame? I was gay. They were shocked when I got married.

Hugh Jackman, left, and Deborra-lee Furness arrive at the Governors Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have been married for 24 years. (AP)

"And so what? What are we discussing here? Is he a vegetarian? Is he gay?"

Furness added: “It’s just wrong. It’s like someone saying to Elton John: ‘He’s straight.’ I’m sure he’d be p***ed.”

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Jackman said in an interview in 2018 that he believed the rumours stemmed from his Tony-winning Broadway performance in musical The Boy From Oz as Peter Allen, Liza Minnelli’s first husband, who later came out as gay.

From left to right, Oscar Jackman, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, Ava Jackman, and actor Hugh Jackman pose together at Hugh Jackman's star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness and their children Oscar and Ava in 2012. (AP)

He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 that the rumours had started to upset his wife.

Jackman admitted: “Just recently, it bugs her. She goes: ‘It's big. It's everywhere.’”

But in 2018 he told a US radio station: "Some dudes do get upset, some dudes say 'Don't say I'm gay' but I am good.”

The couple met on the set of the Australian television show Correlli in 1995, and were married a year later.

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They are parents to adopted children Oscar, 20, and Ava, 15.

Deborra-lee Furness, left, and Hugh Jackman attend the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Deborra-lee Furness says she feels very lucky to be married to Hugh Jackman. (AP)

Jackman said of their first meeting: “We just had this amazing connection. And I feel blessed that I experienced… that I feel like I met my soulmate, whatever that is.”

And Furness said she feels very “lucky” to be married to the Greatest Showman star.

She said: “Lucky? Like I won a chook [chicken] raffle... It’s because he’s the stud muffin. But that’s showbiz and Hollywood and the brand of Hugh Jackman.”