Celebrity dad Hugh Jackman talks candidly about the struggle he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness went through to have children.
Hugh and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have been married for fifteen years and share two beautiful children, Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6. While out promoting his new movie “Real Steel”, the celebrity dad opened up about their painful path to parenthood. He shared with the Herald Sun about learning that they wouldn’t be able to conceive children on their own:
“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 – 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. We thought we’d have a kid or two biologically and then adopt. But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF, we went ahead with adoption.”
Hugh says that he does not think of his children as adopted:
“From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children. 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, 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.”
On having more children:
“We thought we’d have a number of kids. But travelling and being hands-on parents, which is what we try to be, isn’t easy. That conversation hasn’t been tabled for about 12 months, which is probably a good way of saying it’s not going to happen.”
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