Our favourite frolicker, Hugh Jackman (42), opened up to Australia’s Herald Sun about his and wife Deborra-Lee Furness’ “painful” journey through infertility to parenthood: “It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional.”
“I think any parent can relate,” he says. “Trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”
Although Hugh and Deborra always planned to adopt, they expected to have a couple of biological children first. “But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF,” he says, “we went ahead with adoption.”
And so they adopted Oscar (11) and Ava (6).
“From the moment we started the adoption process,” Hugh explains, “all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted — they’re our children.”
Hugh and Deborra have since embraced the whole process as part of their “destiny”: “Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children.”
“Now, as we go through life together,” Hugh adds, “sure there are challenges, but everyone’s in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it’s something we feel very deeply.”
Now tell me, Gorgeouses, could we love Hugh any more?
Photo: Fame Pictures
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