Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness broke up after 27 years of marriage. Here's a timeline of their relationship.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2023 Met Gala.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2023 Met Gala.Mike Coppola/Getty Images
  • Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman announced their separation after 27 years of marriage.

  • People first broke the news that the longtime couple had decided to split.

  • The couple, who married in 1996, share two children together.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman are separating after almost 30 years of marriage. People was first to report the news.

The couple shared a statement with the publication, writing: "We have been blessed to share almost 3 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 continued: "Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives."

The statement was signed "Deb and Hugh Jackman." The couple also indicated that this was the only time they would be speaking about the matter publicly.

Representatives for the Jackmans didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment. From their first interaction to today, here's a timeline of the pair's relationship.

The couple met in 1995 on the set of an Australian TV show

Hugh Jackman and his Deborra-Lee Furness standing on the red carpet in 1999 in Sydney, Australia.
Hugh Jackman and his Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Fox Studios Gala Opening in 1999 in Sydney, Australia.Patrick Riviere

The pair met on the set of the drama series "Correlli," People reported.

Jackman told the outlet there was an instant connection.

"I knew two weeks into meeting Deb that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives," Jackman told "Today" in 2018.

A few weeks after meeting her, Jackman told People he confessed his feelings for Furness. She reciprocated, and four months later, he asked her to marry him.

"Deb, she was a big star," Jackman told People in 2017. "I get picked up, and Deb is in the front seat of the car. I'll never forget. She took off her seatbelt and she turned around and put out her hand and took off her sunglasses and said, 'Hi, I'm Deborra-lee Furness, nice to meet you.' I remember thinking, 'I like this girl.'"

They got married in April 1996

On April 11, 1996, the couple tied the knot at a church outside of Melbourne, Australia, per People.

Two years ago, on their 25th wedding anniversary, Jackman shared a photo to Instagram captioned, "Being married to you Deb is as natural as breathing."

"From nearly the moment we met ... I knew our destiny was to be together," his post continued. "In our 25 years - our love has only grown deeper. The fun, excitement and adventure more exhilarating; the learning even greater. I'm forever grateful to share our love, our life - and, our family together. We've only just begun. Deb, I love you with all my heart!"

After experiencing difficulty having children, Jackman and Furness adopted two kids, Oscar and Ava

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In this handout photo provided by Disneyland, Actor Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra Lee Furness, and children Oscar Jackman and Ava Jackman pose with Mickey Mouse outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland on April 23, in Anaheim, Calif.Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

"We struggled, a couple miscarriages, IVF — it's not easy, particularly on Deb," Jackman told People in 2017.

They adopted their son, Oscar, in 2000. They adopted their daughter, Ava, in 2005. According to "Today," Oscar is 23, and Ava is 18.

"Our motivation behind adopting was, 'Where is the need?' " Jackman told People. "The biggest need is in mixed-race kids. I want to tell my kids that … it doesn't matter what sexual [orientation] you are, it doesn't matter what job you do, it doesn't matter whether your hair is straight or curly, if you're tall or short, man or woman, what race you are. What defines you as a human being is underneath all that."

The couple's last red-carpet appearance took place in May 2023

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2023 Met Gala.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2023 Met Gala.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The pair made their final showing at this year's Met Gala, where they arrived in coordinating black outfits.

Jackman wore a black tux, while Furness donned a floor-length gown with a mosaic pattern.

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