A new theory has come to light about the timing of Hugh Jackman and Deborah-Lee Furness’ split after 27 years of marriage.
US broadcaster Cooper Lawrence shared her theory during an interview with Sunrise on Monday morning.
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Jackman and Furness have two children, Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18, who they welcomed via adoption and Lawrence claimed their ages could have been a factor in the timing of the shock announcement.
“I think [Jackman and Furness] were waiting until the kids were old enough that they could have an amicable split and not worry about child custody or how much everybody is going to pay each other,” she told hosts Natalie Barr and Matt Shirvington.
Lawrence said that child custody battles were what made high-profile divorces “messy”.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Jackman announced their separation on Saturday. Credit: AP
“They don’t have to worry about that because the kids are older, so now they can just split their multi-millions and all their properties, which is a lot.”
The couple have properties in New York, Sydney and The Hamptons.
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Lawrence said that rumours of a split began swirling on “the Broadway scene” after the couple sold their three-storey New York apartment.
“For a while on the Broadway scene there was a rumour there might be something going on in that marriage and people were like, ‘This is kind of odd,’ but as soon as they sold their three-floor apartment… and downsized and then shipped a bunch of furniture home to Sydney, it was like ‘What’s really going on here?’” she said.
Cooper Lawrence talks with Sunrise about the Jackman separation. Credit: Seven
While celebrity splits are nothing new, Jackman and Furness’ separation appears to have hit fans harder than some.
“Every time there was a think piece about Hollywood couples that made us believe in love, (Jackman and Furness) were always at the top of the list,” Lawrence explained.
“They are always talking about each other and they were the ‘it couple’ for anybody that’s a little older than their younger spouse.
“They were role models for everything in relationships.”
The pair at the X2: X-Men United movie premier in April 2003. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Jackman broke his silence on his marriage split a day after the separation statement was made public.
The Australian actor told photographers while out in New York City on September 16 that “it’s a difficult time,” as seen in footage obtained by TMZ.
“I appreciate your thoughts, thank you,” he added.
The couple announced the separation in a joint statement.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. Credit: Instagram/Hugh Jackman
“We have been blessed to share almost three decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage,” Jackman and Furness told People on Saturday.
“Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.
“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.”
Their statement was signed, “Deb and Hugh Jackman,” and concluded, “This is the sole statement either of us will make.”
Following the announcement, a report surfaced the relationship was “strained” by the COVID pandemic and the current writers’ strike in Hollywood, which has put filming of his Deadpool 3 project on hold.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness share two children. Credit: Stefania D’Alessandro/WireImage
“After the past few years, the love they had for each other turned more into a friendship which got broken during COVID, as the lockdown didn’t help their marriage at all and really put a strain on their relationship,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“They worked on it and couldn’t get it back.”
The source added that the writers’ strike in Hollywood hadn’t “helped one bit”.
The couple first met on the set of Australian TV drama Corelli in 1995, and the chemistry was said to be instant.
Jackman and Furness went on to marry in April 1996.
The young family visiting Disneyland, posing with Mickey Mouse outside Sleeping Beauty Castle. Credit: Handout/Getty Images
The couple have been red carpet mainstays for years, posing together at the Oscars, at Broadway events and at the Met Gala, including the most recent edition in May.
They attended Wimbledon together in July.
Furness, 67, is an advocate for orphans and adoption, especially in her native Australia, and one of the founding members of National Adoption Awareness Week.
Jackman, who played the superhero Wolverine in several movies, is reprising the role in Deadpool 3, which is on hold due to the actors’ strike.
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