Hugh Jackman admits his wife is bothered by rumors that he’s gay

Hugh Jackman has a new cover story and profile in The Hollywood Reporter. I was surprised and delighted to learn a few new things about one of my favorite male celebrities. The last big interview we covered with him was on 60 minutes, and he covers some of the same ground here, but in a slightly different way. When you consider Hugh’s low key Oscar campaign and compare it to his co-star Anne Hathaway’s ubiquitous “be everywhere, talk to everyone” approach, or even Ben Affleck’s constant “happy family” photo ops, you have a new appreciation for what a classy guy he is, and how he doesn’t seek the spotlight. It might not pay off for him in a couple of weeks though, odds are that the Best Actor statue will go to Daniel Day Lewis, considering how he’s pretty much swept this awards season. (And you don’t see DDL doing any press, do you?) I hope I’m wrong as I’d really like to see Hugh take home his industry’s highest honor. Here are the highlights from his interview, with more at the source:

He worked with Tony Robbins to prepare for Les Mis
Robbins suggested the strapping 6-foot-3 superstar name the secure and insecure sides of his personality. “Frank was the more confident, and Charles was the other,” says Jackman.

“I always thought strength came from getting rid of that fear,” he adds. “And Tony said: ‘Charles is your sensitivity. Charles makes you question. Charles makes you work harder. When you walk on set, thank Charles for everything.’ ” He pauses. “Tony really transformed my life.”

He meditates for 30 minutes, twice a day
Today, he is not particularly religious and says he never prays, though he believes in some form of God and afterlife and meditates twice daily for 30 minutes. “It is about quieting that part of the brain and just seeing and being,” he explains.

On realizing his mother was never coming back
Open and immensely likable, he describes being 8 years old when his mother, Grace, abandoned him and his four elder siblings, leaving them in Sydney with their father, Christopher. His mother’s departure never was fully explained to him, and indeed Jackman only realized it was permanent when he was 13 and his father’s attempt at a reconciliation failed.

“Dad went off to England to bring her back, but by this point she was married to someone else, with a kid,” he says. “It was really complicated. So when Dad arrived back — not three weeks later, as planned, but five days later — I just knew. I was old enough to go, ‘This is not happening.’ ”

On his wife being bothered by rumors that he’s gay
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!’ ”

His X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner shrugs off the gossip. “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. 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.”

He turned down consideration for James Bond!
[He] declined to be considered for James Bond around the time of the first X-Men. “I thought it would box me in too much,” he says. “My natural instinct is to keep as many doors open as possible.”

His diet regimen for the next X-Men is crazy
Now he is contemplating his future. He is preparing for the next X-Men, which involves a very different regimen from the one for Les Mis — including consuming vats of food for eight hours straight, then going without any for 16 hours. “Your body learns to burn fat in that 16 hours,” says Jackman, his physique at its finest beneath his casual blue T-shirt. “And I sleep better.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Hugh has spoken in earlier interviews about how he was affected by his mother abandoning him and his four siblings when he was just eight years old. I’ve never heard the part about how she had another baby and partner over in England, and how Hugh expected her to return for years. As for his wife being affected by all the fake rumors that he’s gay, she’s admitted that before too, at least a couple of times. It makes me sad that she’s looking up this stuff online and getting bothered by it. They seem so solid to me. He even gushed about her in this interview. (That’s here, I didn’t excerpt that part because he always does that. He loves the hell out of his wife.)

The James Bond story was new to me, but I googled it and apparently Jackman has mentioned before that he passed up consideration for the role and has joked that he regrets it. He would be such an excellent Bond, I feel robbed now!

The photo spread accompanying this interview is incredibly hot, as we’ve come to expect from Hugh. I would prefer that it be shirtless, but in those photos of him in a shirt and tie I can imagine that he’s sitting across from me at dinner, gushing about me like he does his wife. If we can’t have an Oscar-winning Hugh this season, at least we have these wonderful interviews with him, in which he comes across so consistently grounded and genuine. He can’t fake that, no matter how excellent an actor he is.

The Hollywood Reporter also has a great behind-the-scenes interview with Jackman on the set of their cover shoot. What a treat this was.

Photos credit: Ruven Afanador/Hollywood Reporter, where there are more. BAFTA photos credit:

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  1. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    I think they’ve found what works for them, and they have given their children a wonderful, stable home with lots of opportunities. Traditional marriage or not…everyone deserves to be happy.

    • Latisse says:

      It’s underhanded comments like this! Why can’t people just accept that he’s not gay. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. But he’s said he’s not. Just let it go!

    • Canda says:

      There’s never going to be proof that he’s gay unless someone catches him sleeping with his boyfriend and films it. It’s well-known in Hollywood circles that he’s gay and although probably no one’s ever seen him in the act or has any hard proof, you don’t always need proof. If my husband was being falsely accused of being gay, it wouldn’t bother me one bit bc I know what happens when we’re alone together. I would laugh it off and think “those sad little people”.
      It doesn’t bother me one iota what Hugh’s sexuality is, I couldn’t care less. I love him to pieces as an actor and a human being so what’s the difference? Why does it offend anyone that there are rumours that he’s gay since it’s obviously not hurting his career or personal life?

      • Tiffany says:

        I think people put too much faith into “what is well known in Hollywood”. They say that because they read it in tabloids.

        I have known people personally who have been strongly rumored to be gay, when they are absolutely not. You see comments on message boards where people are like “I KNOWWWWW this person is gay”, and those comments are full of crap.

        Sometimes the rumors are true, many times they aren’t. Giving any credibility to any of them is just kind of silly because there is usually no evidence behind them. Rumors get started because some fool determines that someone they have never met has “gay face”, so appearance must equal preference in their minds.

      • Latisse says:

        @Canda So if, globally, people were asserting that your life/marriage was a sham, it wouldn’t bother you? Because it would PISS ME OFF. Agree with poster above that the “well known in Hollywood circles” line is BS.

        Do you hobnob in Hollywood circles? No. So how can you know what is well known in those circles? You don’t. You’re just reiterating what you’ve heard as fact. Clearly it bothers his wife. He’s said it’s not true. Why can’t people let it go?

        Let’s say for argument’s sake that he IS gay. Clearly he is not ready to come out of the closet so asserting and reasserting it is hurtful and wrong as no gay person should be outed by anyone but themselves.

        If he is NOT gay as he has stated he isn’t, then reiterating as fact an opinion (propagated by clueless people in internet forums) that his wife has stated she finds disturbing is cruel.

        So either way not accepting what he states to be his sexual preference is wrong AND it serves absolutely no purpose.

      • Susi says:

        That is such bullsh*t. “Well known in Hollywood circles”… Uh huh. That was like in high school when it was “Well known” that so-and-so did this or that. Most of the time it was untrue or vastly exaggerated. That is the way gossip works.

        I’ve heard this before from people, nodding sagely as they advise that their “good friend” who works in Hollywood assures them that it’s true.

        Well, my best friend’s parents are big into the Sydney gay scene. They are straight themselves, but most of their friends are gay.

        They’ve met Hugh a bunch of times, and they know all the Sydney gay boys that Hugh is also friends with. They say he is STRAIGHT. Since Hugh and Deb were based in Sydney for all of those years, you’d think his friends in the gay community would know if he was gay. Especially if it’s this open secret. But they all insist that he is crazily in love with his wife and that he is STRAIGHT.

        So there.

      • Lee says:

        I certainly have no idea whether Hugh is straight or gay and I will admit to wondering before whether or not the rumours were true, but I have to agree with everyone that the speculation would bother me if I were his wife.

        It has nothing to do with whether random strangers think my husband is gay and everything to do with the underlying implications of that speculation. It always has seemed to me that if Deborah was a conventionally “Hollywood” beauty, the speculation would be a lot quieter. It’s almost as if people are saying, well the only explanation for Hugh Jackman being with a woman who is not a 25 year-old size 2 is that he is gay.

        I know the rumours extend beyond that and that at a certain point rumours feed themselves, but it’s that aspect of it that has always rubbed me the wrong way and obviously is hugely offensive to his poor wife regardless of whether their relationship is, shall we say traditional, or not.

      • Carol says:

        There is a great quote that applies here: what “everybody” knows, nobody knows.

      • Lauli says:

        I agree with you on the good laugh if someone thinks my boyfriend is gay. Tbh, it happened to me since my bf is gorgeous and I’m average…LOL

  2. Rikki says:

    I love Hugh! Why do people think he’s gay?

    • mel says:

      Because of stupid blind items!

      I love Hugh as a person and as an artist SO much it makes me sick that her wife is going through all these stuff just because he is a movie star. He doesn’t necessarily play the game, he promotes his movies and is a loving husband, I guess Hollywood needs to created a lot of fuss for themselves so they create those rumours. I rather have people like Hugh or Joaquin who just love what they do than those that we see every day with a new story.

      Hope he wins the Oscar.

      • NerdMomma says:

        I have a new theory, based on what the producer said. He’s never strayed, never looked at anyone else. I’ll bet he has declined an actress or two whose egos couldn’t accept that and they assumed he must be gay- or started such a rumor to be mean. Just a thought. A faithful man is probably quite a rarity in Hollywood.

        When you see him with his wife on the red carpet, you can just tell. The way he looks at her! Swoon. That’s real love and adoration, not a show.

    • Micki says:

      Probably because they can’t find something else to speculate about. Being a gay proved to be more damaging for the career that being an adulterer.

    • T.C. says:

      They think he’s gay because he isn’t a hound dog, loves musical theater, isn’t married to a young hot piece and his kids are adopted. Basically stereotyping.

      The story of his Dad traveling to England to beg his wife back just chokes me up. Leave your husband if you want but don’t abandon your children.

      • V4real says:

        I could care less if he’s straight, bi or gay. I just want to say I bet his mother is slapping her own face everytime she sees him in a movie or on TV.
        I love me some Hugh

      • ??? says:

        No, I think he could’ve gotten away with everything you’ve mentioned.
        The speculation really seemed to start swirling over his business partnership with John Palermo.
        Regardless, I’d like not to wonder about Hugh in any way, seeing that he seems like a genuinely good human being — a rare gem in the filth that is the majority of Hollywood.

    • littlestar says:

      I know! I don’t get it either. There’s never been any proof, no photos, no one coming forward claiming to have had an affair with Hugh. It’s all blind items and speculation because how could a straight man possibly love to sing and dance?! Consider John Travolta. He tries to show the world he is a straight man, but look how many photos there have been over the past 2 decades of him in VERY compromising situations. And so many men have come forward saying John Travolta is gay, especially with his massage scandal. I wish people would leave Hugh Jackman alone. He is seriously one of the nicest and kindest people in Hollywood. He’s a rarity.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Because he’s hot!
      And because bitches can’t believe in monogamy. Sure, some people can’t do it but others can and want to.

  3. Buckwild says:

    He gives a great interview. I’m not going to add to any more speculation about his sexuality or marriage any longer. They’re happy and have lasted longer than many “totally hetero” relationships without any rumors.

  4. gee says:

    He strikes me as the type of person who would not be closeted. If he was gay, he’d be gay.

  5. L says:

    I think I’d be frustrated by all of that to if I were her. It’s basically people saying “He loves theater, singing, being in movies-and his wife is 13 years older that him. He’d be married to some hot 22 year old piece if he was straight”

    I think he’s just a man who is confident and loves his wife. Some folks aren’t used to that from hollywood.

  6. Gine says:

    Whether the rumors have any truth to them or not, I really hate that a lot of people use the fact that she’s not as attractive as him as “proof” that he’s gay. Because a handsome man couldn’t POSSIBLY fall in love with a woman who isn’t a perfect 10!

    • Jm says:

      +1. Live and let live. The gay talk is incredibly insulting to them both. . . and to all of us who aren’t perfect-looking.

    • blueanemone says:

      I agree with you 100%. I am engaged to an incredible sweet and mature man who is 20 years younger than me. Even though I do not look my age at all, I have been told to be careful, he must want something…..hurtful things, as if I’m not good enough to be loved by who I am, rather than what I look like. In any case, he proves to me everyday how lucky he feels to be in my life and that is all that matters to us.

      I absolutely adore Hugh Jackman, people are just not used to a decent and grounded man with manners. He loves his wife and children, class act all the way. I hope he wins big

  7. KJ says:

    I think she’s more incensed by the gay rumors as it pertains to her, because inevitably, someone talking about it will say, “and come on. Look at his wife.”

    Hugh IS gay, though. I don’t know why he felt the need to comment now. If anything that might turn the attention up a notch. Most people don’t know that there are gay rumors about him. Unless you’re a gossip monger, it really doesn’t come up.

    But he’s DEFINITELY gay. I say who cares, but if no one cared, he would be out.

    • Erinn says:

      I find it odd that you’re giving a definite label on this mans sexuality. WHO CARES. It’s one thing to speculate, but another to completely feed the speculation by claiming that something none of us can be sure about is definitely one way or the other.

      Even if there was proof – someone catching him with a man, that doesn’t outright mean that he is gay. And really, it shouldn’t matter so much to the general public.

      • KJ says:

        And at the end of my post, I said – who cares? Please read.

        It is what it is. Like I said, most people who are not into gossip would be surprised if you said there were gay rumors around him. Meaning that I or anyone else for that matter could cry from the rooftops that he’s in a long term relationship with a man and co-parents his children with his wife and it would. not. matter. It’s just odd to me he would acknowledge the rumors at this point.

        You see how easily you dismissed my claim that he is in fact gay. So what’s the big deal? If it’s so hard to believe, what does it matter if I say that I believe it to be true?

      • Erinn says:

        Because you didn’t just say YOU BELIEVE he is gay. You say he is definitely gay. It doesn’t matter that you said who cares, because in your post you made it clear that you cared enough to state that he is gay as fact. To you it’s ‘who cares because I’m right”.

        It’s the fact that we, as humans, should not be forcing labels on others. If he says he’s not gay, then we should take his word for it. If he’s not labeling himself as gay, why do we have the luxury of slapping a label to him. Believe what you want, but if it’s not a proven fact- that he declares- don’t treat it as such.

      • Apples says:

        KJ, just want to remind you that there are those who also self-identify as BI but, would be OUTRAGED if someone labeled them as GAY. A life-long close friendship with someone of the same sex need not be suspiciously sexual. You should never label others. It’s easier, and more productive, to just focus/figure out who you really are.

        I agree with those that think if he was gay he wouldn’t be bringing these side gossip rumors under the main media spotlight- he would just ignore them.

      • Lulu says:

        And you know this HOW exactly?

    • I Choose Me says:

      Oh geez. Here we go again. Do you know him personally? If not how do you DEFINITELY know he’s gay? Have you seen him having sex with a man?

      Speculation is fine based on rumors or whatever. But belief is not synonymous with truth.

      • Claire says:

        Having sex with a man isn’t proof of being gay.
        Your sexuality is about who you are attracted to and we all know you don’t need to be attracted to someone to have sex with them.

      • KJ says:

        I know a lot of people who are in relationships that I have never personally witnessed having sex. I don’t go around peeking in people’s bedrooms asking them to verify their relationship.

        If you don’t believe it, thumbs up – you’re like most people, and some comment on a gossip site (this is a gossip site btw) isn’t going to sway you. And yknow what, I’m not going to attack you for it. You’re entitled to a point of view just as I am.

      • minime says:

        @ KJ

        one thing is to state an opinion as an opnion, and another thing is to use “IS” and “DEFINITELY” as you did, making it look like you were indeed peeking from under his bed while he was doing it. Why would you care so much to go out of your way to say that he’s gay? Yes, it seems more like it is YOUR problem.

      • KJ says:


        It’s MY problem that Hugh Jackman is gay?

        If that’s how you see it lol

    • kennedy says:

      Like KJ, I am all knowing and seeing- and I say, he is definitely NOT gay. So yeah, it is what it is, right?

    • littlestar says:

      @KJ – show us your hard proof that he’s gay then.

      • Erinn says:

        Now you can stop deciding things about other people? I think that’s a good plan of action ;)

      • KJ says:


        If you don’t believe me, why entertain me at all? Seems like a waste of time to be so preoccupied with disproving comments you don’t believe in the first place.

      • Mia 4S says:

        KJ you must be trolling or English is your second language if you cannot understand how the use of “definitely” does not indicate an opinion. For example if I say “KJ is definitely a Morman”, I am implying I have the facts and knowledge to back that up, not that it’s my opinion on what I have observed. If you say definitely, that implies you have actual first hand knowledge…you clearly don’t.

        The stereotyping people do from their long distance observations is ridiculous! Would you say to a male friend who came out to you, “but you can’t be gay! You don’t dress well and you hate Broadway!”. Seriously people!

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Somedays it would be best if the trolls stayed UNDER the bridge.

        My former sister-in-law and dear friend actually does move in H-wood circles (she’s a casting agent) and she doesn’t find his sexuality to be well known or even discussed in her world. So, unless Hugh Jackman says something, it is not definitely known or well known.

      • Claudia says:

        Oh geez, because you don’t agree with KJ she’s now a ‘troll’? That is so silly. It was one comment. Her subsequent posts/replies are her acknowledging that people may not agree, that’s okay, and disengaging from any potential bickering.

        I understand people are hung up on her use of “definitely”– but a lot of times people tend to use that kind of language casually without any overbearing intention. Sure it would be nice if we were always very conscious and sensitive to the implications of every word we used when conversing with others, but sometimes we just aren’t.

        She believes that he is, many of you don’t believe that he is, this is a gossip site.

      • Claudia says:

        And in case KJ is male, I hope the use of the incorrect pronoun didn’t irk you ;)

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Riiiiight. And you DEFINITELY know this, because YOU are his gay boyfy! Of COURSE!!!
      Run, do not walk, over to InTouch and get that money, boy!

  8. Bad Irene says:

    They seem so happy together and content also, its lovely to see. Maybe she makes him feel secure and nurtured, something he missed out on when his mother left? Whatever it is it works for them and long may it continue.

  9. lexy says:

    Ive seen countless posts of people saying they are bearding each other… It is just so silly… Theyve been together nearly 20 years and married long before he was famous… What would be the point? It literally makes no sense!

    • Kim says:

      What is the point of Kelly bearding Travolta ? There are no openly gay film A list leading men in the history of Hollywood.They dont exist? I doubt it

      • Claire says:

        They got married after he was already a big star. It’s a totally different situation.

        It’s like: 5 years before I even think about making movies, I’d better marry a woman so one day if I’m a movie star noone will know I’m gay……..

        It is 100% stupid to think that

      • Kim says:

        Claire you do realize there are gay men married to woman who are not actors.My dentist who is Gay married a woman twenty years ago.Do you think they got married because he thought let me marry her because one day I may become a dentist…I was a beard for my best friend for years because he knew he would be rejected by his family and church.

      • Lauli says:

        I get your point, Kim. Plus, why is she bugged, she’s the only one who knows for sure he’s not gay. She should have a good laugh, instead.

    • keelee says:

      The point of mutual bearding us happiness, just as in traditional marriage. I had a boyfriend whose uncle had a relationship like that – I’d trade places with their kids in a heartbeat. They were a beautiful family. Not everyone wants to take on the stress that comes with being openly gay, and some think it’s unfair to the kids.

      So good for the Jackmans for seeming like great parents, but not for a moment do I believe he’s straight.

  10. Nanz01 says:

    Hugh is great. I never feel like he is trying to sell me a brand.

  11. lucy2 says:

    For a while I thought he might be, but I’ve since changed my mind. I think they have a marriage and family that works for them, and that’s great.

  12. brin says:

    He is so talented and seems like a really wonderful man, I adore him and I feel bad that he and his wife have to deal with the rumors.

  13. serena says:

    Oh god, I really want him to win. DDL already has one, if I’m it’s Hugh time!
    What a great man he is.. sigh

  14. Ranunculus says:

    If he is not gay, why does it bother her so much. It’s 2013, if I were his wife and the rumour was not true, I would rather find it funny than bothering. Yeah something’s fishy with Jacky.
    BTW he was photo shopped to the max in these pics.

    • Annie says:

      I haaaaaate this line of argument with a passion. There’s plenty of reasons someone can be pissed off by other people thinking they are something they most certainly ARE NOT. It’s called being irritated by other people’s stupidity. In fact, when people think I am something that I actually secretly identify with, it doesn’t bother me too much, it’s when others think I/my loved ones are something that in reality I know we couldn’t be further from, then it is annoying.

      If I were Jackie and I knew I really was bearding, *then* I’d either laugh it off or say nothing. If I absolutely-dootely knew the rumor was bull, I’d probably be very annoyed, especially if I’d had to listen to it for YEARS.

    • andy says:


      People are insinuating that he isn’t in love or sexually attracted to his wife. That is offensive to a happily married couple.

      • Ranunculus says:

        The way you handle rumours quite often says something about your level of insecurity and whether you are a confident person. Those rumours have been only going on for years because those two haven’t been handling them in a self assured way.

        I can understand if it were 1950 and a wife would be upset about rumours her husband being gay, but in 2013 being upset about false gossip is very strange.

    • Merritt says:

      It could bother her more because, people are also tearing into how she looks as part of their “evidence” of his sexuality.

      Also I think the possibility of their children reading those rumors on the internet would be troubling for any parent.

    • MonicaQ says:

      Affirming the Consequent: Assuming there’s only one explanation for the observation you are making.

    • insomniac says:

      It probably pisses her off that the “reasoning” behind people thinking Hugh is gay is “Come on — look at his wife. No way would a hot straight guy marry that.” And I don’t blame her.

  15. Mauibound says:

    I look forward to the day where being called gay or anything to do with being female is not an insult. Such as “that’s gay” or ” quit being such a girl”.

  16. Miss Kiki says:

    I think my heart stopped for a second when I saw those pictures, he’s such a beaut.

    My only issue with his wife is that she has horrible taste in shoes.

  17. Jayna says:

    I saw him on In the Actor’s Studio last night, and after that show, I fell in love with him. He looked so handsome and was so engaging, so honest. When he answered a question about how actors are so dedicated to keeping their play fresh everday like it was new experiences for the audience, not wanting to lose that, he said why don’t we as humans do that with our spouses and went on about that. Love him.

  18. Tig says:

    Ooh I watched the Actor’s Studio last night as well- he is just perfect! And to add how kind and loving he seems in pics with his wife and kids- whenever there is one with the family dog- a French bulldog- I just melt! Cute x 1000!!

  19. Ally says:

    It really irks me people still think he’s gay. It makes no sense to me as he was so young when he met and married Deborah and it was well before he was famous.

    Also, why would he be so open and honest about every other part of his life. He’d be out if he was gay for sure.

    I’m more ready to believe Matt Damon is closeted.

    • Kim says:

      Why would you believe Damon is Gay? just curious?

    • Jayna says:

      He married his wife when she was a big star in Austrailia and beautiful. The love has stayed even as she has gained weight and gotten older. I see so many marriages where there was hot passion in the beginning, both good-looking people, same age, but the sex didn’t stay because there was such a lack of respect and kindness and tenderness in their marriages as time went on from both or one or the other. Like roommates with kids. How many same-age, good-looking suburbuan couples do you see disconnected, snapping at each other, never holding hands, never bragging on their spouses?

      These two seem to have all of that which is needed for a forever marriage. It’s a miracle to have that kind of marriage, really. The way he grew up, a fractured family, abandonment issues about his mom leaving him, I think his little family nucleus is his stabilty and happiness in life.

  20. Deens says:

    A close friend has done work for them in a civilian capacity (not Hollywood-related), and apparently both of them are as lovely and kind as everyone says they are, even behind closed doors. It’s really refreshing to hear about filthy rich famous people who treat staff well.

  21. Sweet Dee says:

    I don’t care if he’s gay, but I don’t think he is. It’s kind of sickening to me but I think it all stems from peoples’ perception of his attractiveness v. his wife’s. I think that’s all it is, people can’t fathom why he would love her. If they’re not pigs, they must be gay, right?

    Ugh, anyway. I love that he does Intermittent Fasting to lose weight and get in shape for movies. I do IF in the warmer months and I’ve lost a ton of weight using it. It’s against nearly everything Dr. Oz says, but it works and the science backs it up.

    • littlestar says:

      I’ve never heard of IF before. I’m going to have to look it up.

      If it goes against what Dr. Oz says, I better not tell my future mother-in-law. Anything Oz says is gospel to her lol.

      • Sweet Dee says:

        It doesn’t work for everyone due to the hormonal shifts it can cause, but it really works for me.

        Dr. Oz is all “eat breakfast every day, have six small meals every day, it’s the best way,” but the science would refute that. He relies on correlational studies, not experimental ones. The experimental studies show that whether you eat one big meal or six small ones, it’s the calorie count that matters BUT that people who exercise fasted and eat less than 8 hours per day have an easier go of it and burn more fat while retaining all their muscle, which no other group does.

        The method Hugh is using is called leangains, originally created by Martin Berkhan, which is the method I use as well ( I’m rambling, so if you’re interested, do a google search and see if it makes sense for you :)

    • jess says:

      Dr. Oz is a total quack anyways. I wouldn’t listen to a thing the man says.

    • LeeLoo says:

      I’ve done the 6 small meals a day thing for years (mind you long before Dr. Oz, the quack suggested it). It works well for me. It also helps because I take stimulant medication for ADHD, so eating 6 smaller portions helps because Vyvanse kills my appetite. It worked well for my mom too. She went from 200 to 160 using that method.

      In the end, I sincerely believe it all depends on your biochemistry and genetics. The boyfriend (who was 320 lbs when we met) has lost 70 lbs by using plant based methods. I think different bodies respond to different things. Intermittent Fasting is another method that I have heard works. Provided it isn’t dangerous and has a shred of common sense in the method, I say give it a shot. One method that works well for one person may have terrible results for another. It boils down to knowing your body.

      • Sweet Dee says:

        That’s interesting. The six small meals does work for most people, but I guess the point was supposed to be that it’s not an end-all, be-all, you know? The bottom line is you have to do the thing that makes you eat less calories, that’s the only thing I think applies to everyone across the board.

        It’s funny your boyfriend lost 70 lbs doing the plant thing. My bf lost about 85 almost exactly the same way (not by choice, he loves meat), but he eats fish. So, pescatarianism.

        His body is exactly the opposite of mine, so I try and do what doesn’t work for him lol

        My qualm with Oz at the end of the day is the same with many other TV doctors: they tout old science and bad science and give the same answer to everybody, but then turn around and say “everybody’s different.” GAH. So annoying.

        Anyway, congrats to you and your BF! It’s great to find what works.

  22. Cody says:

    IMO, I don’t know her, but for Deborra, does she surf the web, because the websites question whether Hugh is gay or straight and this bothers her or is it because people make fun of their age difference and she looks like his mother? I think deep down, she gets upset that people make fun of their age difference and can’t believe they are married. The internet can become an addiction for anybody and when people talk about you, like they talk about sexy Hugh Jackman and his dumpy wife, she probably can’t resist and look. I know I would get upset if people made fun of me and my outfits were critiqued on shows like Fashion Police and websites like, Celebitchy. After a while, you start to get a complex and you really can’t stop yourself from looking. She is like everybody else, she wants to be liked and respected.

    • LeeLoo says:

      She probably already has or had self esteem issues to begin with. She’s always struck me as someone who is very reserved and shy around the camera. She may feel unworthy of being married to someone as talented and as awesome as Hugh. The internet probably already feeds into a problem with her that already exists. Someone with confidence wouldn’t give a damn about how they or their husband are percieved. I’ve always believed that Hugh genuinely loves her but I always got the feeling she struggles with clinical depression.

      • Jayna says:

        She was a big actress in Australia, from what I’ve read, had had a great career. She was forty and had made her mark. He was in his twenties and indtimidated by her when they met on set. They married. When they adopted after fertility issues and his career became huge in the US, she sacrificed her career completely to support his career opportunities and take care of their children. He says he feels bad sometimes because she is so talented and knows she misses it.

        I think it upsets her what the gay gossip insinutates: That their marriage is not real, that he couldn’t love her as she is, so married her only for a beard. I think anybody who has a great marriage that they work very hard at and feel valued in that marriage it would bother.

        Natasha Richardson once said she had worked so hard to get out of her mother’s shadow and make her own mark as an actress and then she marries Liam Neeson and he was the big movie star, and then all she ever hears is: How did you get Liam Neeson? You are so lucky to be with him. And never, how did Liam Neeson get lucky enough to land you or marry you? It would affect any woman being married to huge movie star sex symbols, even if you are pretty.

      • skylla says:

        Wow…. this comment is a new low: you don’t know her und you think she has a clinical depression? This is even more crazy than people labeling him gay (he could be bi, but I seriously doubt it as I assume he would be open about it).

      • LeeLoo says:

        @Skylla Chill the f out! I said, I feel she does just by how she carries herself and paying attention to such trifle gossip. I think Deborra is a lovely woman and it bothers me that such comments bother her. She also discussed having depression earlier in her life with the Australian press. I also realize I missed a very important fact that Jayna just pointed out but I’m sick of people like you jumping down everyone’s throat when they state an opinion. Disagree with me all you want but can you at least do so in a intelligent way? I don’t think that’s asking much.

        @Jayna You actually just made me realize how old Deborra is. I didn’t realize Hugh was 13 years younger than her. I knew she was a older but I thought it was by 5 or 6 years. So what you say makes way more sense. However, as annoying as it can be, I still think there is a confidence issue there because even with the age difference, I do think it would be easier to ignore these comments with someone who has confidence in themselves and their relationship. The fact she’s 57 makes her past her prime for an acting female so I do think she’s had to cope with the loss of her career as she sees her husband’s star power rise. That has to be hard but I think she is looking in all the wrong places for comfort if she is even paying attention to the gossip. Along with the disparities mentioned in your story about Liam and Natasha, it can’t be easy but I have no doubt Hugh loves the hell out of her.

  23. hoopjumper says:

    Does anyone else think his wife looks like Catherine O’Hara in those pictures? Especially when she went blonde for Best in Show…

    Hugh just seems like such a happy guy. I’d love for him to get an Oscar.

  24. Cathy says:

    I just find him completely yummy. To bad he’s happily married. I’d take him in an instant.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    @Claire. I agree, that not even that would be conclusive evidence. I was just challenging the poster’s asinine assertion without the benefit of ANY kind of proof.

  26. Arock says:

    If Hugh Jackman was gay, I’d expect him to 1) have been self aware from a much younger age 2) lead with it and just be open. He doesn’t strike me as someone who would bother to cover it up.

    • Garvels says:

      Hugh Jackman is a God! I think people jump to conclusions about his sexuality because you would think that a guy that handsome would be dating every 20 year old goddess model before settling down. Hugh breaks the mold when he married young and is still happily married 10 plus years later. I also think people jump to conclusions and assume that since he enjoys musical theater that he is gay.

    • LeeLoo says:

      Exactly! He does not strike me as the type that would hide his sexuality under any circumstance. He seems totally comfortable being himself. I just think he’s a straight dude who loves being on Broadway so a lot of people equate that to being gay, especially in the world of screen actors.

  27. Lucinda says:

    Dear Deborah,

    You and your family are lovely. Stop reading gossip. It will only hurt you.

    Your fans

  28. c'est la vie says:

    I love Hugh – I read the Economist too.

    Here’s hoping his wife learns to skip the blind items and gossip. She should – she has Hugh! And a great family as well. They really seem like a solid couple.

    And as an added plus, he’s looking extra good in these pics…

  29. Cecada says:

    I don’t know if he’s gay or not and I don’t care. They seem happy and he’s not groping at anybody Travolta-style so leave it be.

  30. karmasabiatch! says:

    GAAAH! Why do I find him so insanely foine in those suit pictures? Whether shirtless or groomed to the max, Hugh is Always. Smokin’ HOT. *fans self*

  31. LeeLoo says:

    Hugh isn’t even pulling a Will Smith (you know, when you travel the world with your “best friend” instead of your wife) or a John Travolta (where you frequently find a masseuse to bang, even if it is not one of THOSE masseuses) I never believed the gay rumors. I think Hugh just has no problem being himself. I’m sure his success has rubbed a few in Hollywood the wrong way and that’s how the gay rumors began. Plus, I’m sure in the minds of many a man who enjoys musical theatre MUST be gay.

  32. Nev says:

    I think that ALOT of couples in Hollywood have arrangements are open or have “special” marriages. Mostly traditional? No.

    So who knows really.

  33. Jaana says:

    Its always the men with the loving wife and beautiful children and carefully created loving image that are gay.

  34. pepper says:

    Daniel is Bond while Hugh looks like he will probably break into a song and dance.

  35. Ms Kay says:

    I worked on a photoshoot with a gay male supermodel, I was interviewing him and we were talking about Hollywood stars vs Models in terms of deals endorsements and he happened to talk about Hugh Jackman, he said that he was gay, and I laughed and asked the supermodel how does he know it, he said that he knows that’s all. I shrugged it off and said there is no need to say such a thing if he can’t prove it and the supermodel laughed. It really bugged me because either he wish Hugh was gay or he just played the speculation card because he is a superstar in the fashion world so his words will be taken for true.. Anyway I still don’t believe any of it. Why? Because the Hugh Jackman looks blissfully happy and in love with his wife I mean wtf is it hard to believe he isn’t gay?

  36. april says:

    I read recently that children who had a parent that died or abandoned them when they were young were much more likely to marry a spouse much older than they are.

    My niece lost her dad at a young age and now just married someone 12 years older.

    Hugh and his wife seem like a good fit to me.

  37. Angie says:

    He was a fool to pass on Bond. I wish these Actors had someone around with no ulterior motive, to realistically tell them when they’re overshooting their mark. You want to keep opportunities open? For what? The role of a lifetime? Oh, right, you passed up on that to be available for ‘better things’. More like you were afraid of getting typecasted and missing out on tons of shittier roles.


    Slightly bitter as he would have been the perfect Bond. Luckily, I do love some Daniel Craig and he is a surprisingly amazing one, as well.

  38. Samantha says:

    I tend to think he is gay and it has nothing to do with the attractiveness of his wife. John Travolta anyone. And just b/c he says he isn’t doesn’t make it true. I don’t care either way. Whatever makes him happy.

  39. Chelsea's handler says:

    People who are preoccupied with ‘outing’ male celebrities are gay are the same morons who think that boys who prefer performance art to football must be gay too.

  40. LovestoGossip says:

    The gay “rumors” started because Boy George and actor Vincent Gallo outed Hugh. Also, I believe there was a gay magazine based in New York that also outed him. John Travolta was outed by Carrie Fisher. Whatever. On a different topic, does anyone think Hugh is getting a little too old to play Wolverine? I think it is time to start finding a younger actor who can play Wolverine.

    • c'est la vie says:

      So Vincent Gallo’s a peeping tom?

      God, he’s creepy.
      If that’s true it’s just another reason not to like him.

      Like I needed one…

    • Moi says:

      I know right??!! Very much a creeper. A nosy one.

    • Lauli says:

      Why are you on a gossip site if you don’t like gossip. It’s strange, isn’t it?

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Vincent Gallo co-erced his real life g.f. into performing oral sex on him on film. Total creep with no idea of what a healthy relationship is, sorry, not remotely interested in anything he has to say.

      I tend to agree with those who say he seems the type who would be honest about it if he were, and the whole 20 year marriage thing is quite the commitment to subterfuge. What would have been in it for her at the time, marrying a younger, less successful (albeit hot) actor? I’ve had enough close gay friends in my life to know that a 20 year beard would be nigh on impossible, these short romances I can see, I could totally beard a hot actor for awhile. But twenty years? That’s your life. It’s just beyond absurd. The only other possibility I can see is that he is bi and they have an open relationship. But again, they just don’t seem to have that vibe, that’s just me buying into the nonsense.I think he’s just a hunk of Aussie singing and dancing love, people need to leave them alone, they seem damned happy compared to 99% of Hollyweird.

  41. RHONYC says:

    men gushing over their wives will always be ETERNALLY SWOON-WORTHY!!!

    that Katie interview was…ahhhhhh. :-D

    *faints on the floor*

  42. Bubulle says:

    Come on Hugh Jackman’s relationship with John Palermo is Hollywood worst kept secret, they are over now but they used to live together, his wife is well aware of his preferences, she just doesn’t care as long as he is providing for her and the kids, I think they have a lot of affection for each other but lf anything they are best buddies not lovers.

    • Lauren says:

      Exactly. His relationships with Palermo is pretty suspect, the matching rings, the fact that they all lived together, despite Hugh and Deb having young kids.

      Add to that the age difference, the adopted kids, the constant rumors/ vague ‘outings’, plus the fact that almost all gay men in Hollywood stay in the closet for their careers (hello Travolta!), and it’s hard to buy their relationship is legit.

      I agree that they love each other, and are probably very happy with their marriage, but my vote is that he’s gay.

      I always think about Rock Hudson and how Hollywood protects their own. Sad, but things really haven’t changed that much.

    • Kim says:

      Yeah I knew about his relationship with Palermo.Hugh is probably bisexual . Whether he is Gay or Bi coming out would affect his career as a leading man.Please dont bring up NPH he has never been a sex symbol or leading man in films.

  43. Oyn says:

    I’ve always sensed that they were a healthy and solid couple. HW folk just cannot accept that a man wants and needs someone close to his age, maturity and accomplishments outside of film etc. They obviously respect and are attracted to one another.

  44. Addison says:

    First off it’s nobody’s business if he is or not.

    Secondly I don’t understand why anyone needs to announce to the world that they are gay or not. You don’t see straight people announcing to the world that they are straight. Why should gay people feel like they have to announce to the world that they are gay.

    Let everyone be who they want to be and we will see it with our own eyes…

  45. Common Tater says:

    As an almost forty, married dad I’d just like to say that Mrs. Furness is very attractive. My wife and I have both remarked on the earthy sensuality she conveys in photos. My opinion regarding her is essentially useless but I offer it to illustrate the idea that it is possible for a man, even an actor (my profession) to find character at least as sexy as cleavage. Mr. Jackman may have any number of private thoughts and practices which I am neither privy to nor interested in but the way he looks at his wife is a language I understand. He adores that woman.

  46. Kimbob says:

    I am seriously in love w/this man. He epitomizes everything wonderful that I’d want in a man. He is so very classy, also.

    He is a rare bird. I’m TOTALLY JEALOUS of his wife. Oh, & screw “the rumours.”

  47. Belly says:

    I feel very protective of these two (complete strangers, obvs), and just want to yell at the dickheads who have upset them.

    They just seem to be such a lovely couple, in love, don’t act like arseholes, aren’t famewhores, don’t hurt anyone. They don’t make themselves a target for hate by behaving like jerks.

    Deborra-Lee is a top chick and great advocate for adoption, and rails against the red tape that makes overseas adoption so incredibly difficult here in Australia.

    I’m pissed off that she’s upset. But really, they’re both going to have the last laugh, go home to their fabulous lifestyle and family, with pots of money and have a life far better in every way than the sad little sacks who keep the rumours going. And mine too, for that matter :D

  48. Maritza says:

    Since there hasn’t been any photos of him kissing a man or any lawsuits as John Travolta has had, then I do believe he is not gay.

    • Shelly says:

      I guess you have not seen any of the photos of him with John, the one where they are holding hands walking out of the surf together wearing matching rings was what sold me. That was not just two guys that were friends. Google the pictures.

      They all three had matching rings, lived together, vacationed together, walked red carpets together.
      I suspect more that he is Bi and the three of them had a relationship

  49. Lisa says:

    Hugh and his family always seem so happy together and I hope it lasts for them. He’s a great ambassador for Australia and they seem like genuinely decent people. Sounds corny but they make me feel proud to be Australian. 😊

  50. debisis says:

    if Travolta can be gay, then so can this fruit fly.