Hugh Jackman is one of Hollywood’s most doting dads, but the Les Miserables star has revealed that he and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness endured tremendous heartbreak before becoming parents.
In an interview with Katie Couric, Hugh (44) revealed Deborra-Lee (57) suffered multiple miscarriages and several rounds of gruelling IVF treatment in an attempt to become parents. “We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I’ll never forget it, the miscarriage thing,” says Hugh.
The star added that although the topic of miscarriage is often considered a taboo, it’s good to discuss it openly.
“It happens to one in three pregnancies. But it’s very, very rarely talked about. It’s almost secretive, so I hope Deb doesn’t mind me bringing it up now,” he says. “It’s a good thing to talk about it. It’s more common and it is tough. There’s a grieving that you have to go through.”
Hugh and Deborra-Lee are parents to Oscar (12) and Ava (7), who they adopted. “The moment Oscar was born, all the heartache just melted away,” says Hugh, who revealed that they always planned to adopt regardless. “Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen but biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us.”