Noted song and dance man Hugh Jackman has been plagued by gay rumors even before he pas de bourree’d to a Tony as homosexual chorus boy Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. Now up for an Oscar for another musical, his wife of 16 years, Deborra Lee-Furness, is tired of that same old tune.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Despite these friends and a seemingly idyllic life, Jackman admits rumors about his sexuality have taken a greater toll than previously acknowledged, especially on his wife. “Just recently, it bugs her,” he says, blaming the Internet, which she frequents more than he does. (Jackman largely sticks to cricket sites and The Economist.) “She goes: ‘It’s big. It’s everywhere!’ “
“I have seen him with Deborra since the beginning of their trip to Hollywood, and I’ve been on five movie sets with him and have never seen him stray, have never seen him eye anyone” X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner told THR. “I met him when he did Oklahoma! [at London's Royal National Theatre in 1999]. He was genuine, hugely talented. He was in love with his wife that day and still is.”
No doubt helping to churn the rumor mill is the fact that Furness is 13 years Jackman’s senior, but when they first met “she was thrilling to me,” he said.
“Then, when I met Deb, it was 10 times better than my single life. She was very beautiful. She was unbelievably fun — this energy, this spirit — irrepressible. And she had a confidence in herself. I had a massive crush on her instantly.”
So there you have it. Hugh Jackman — actor, family man and acclaimed heterosexual. Let’s just hope that the union between him and his wife is as happy as that of the 20-year marriage of Kelly Preston and what’s-his-face.