In a surprising turn of events, Deborra-Lee Furness, 67, has broken her silence following the recent announcement of her split from husband Hugh Jackman, 54, after 27 years of marriage. The couple had officially confirmed their separation earlier this month, but had remained tight-lipped about the details. However, an accidental phone call by two Australian presenters provided an opportunity for Furness to address the news publicly for the first time.
The incident occurred when radio duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson unknowingly dialed Furness’ number during their show. Sensing their mistake, Sandilands quickly reassured Furness, saying, “We have actually called you by mistake, it’s ridiculous. Seriously, this isn’t a stitch-up.” Henderson chimed in, “We didn’t mean to actually call you. But now you’re here, we won’t go into it. We love you, we hope you’re well.”
Showing her graciousness, Furness replied, “Thank you guys, I really appreciate it. You’re really sweet.” Sandilands, however, expressed his reservations about the situation, stating, “I just feel it’s too soon. I don’t want to get involved in anything. But we love you, and you ring us when you want to chat.” Furness, filled with gratitude, responded, “Thank you, guys. I really, really appreciate it,” before ending the call.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness had been married since 1996 and have two adopted children—a 23-year-old son named Oscar and an 18-year-old daughter named Ava. The couple, who first met on the set of an Australian TV show in 1995 and tied the knot a year later, shared a statement with People magazine on September 15, 2023, disclosing their decision to separate.
“We have been blessed to share almost three 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,” the statement read. It further emphasized that their family remains their highest priority and asked for understanding and respect for their privacy during this transitional phase.
The joint statement, signed by both Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, concluded by stating that it would be the only official statement they would be making on the matter.