#MarriageGoals with Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness

Aussie couple turn 20 today

#MarriageGoals with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
#MarriageGoals with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
11 Apr 2016

#MarriageGoals with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness

Hugh Jackman, 47, and Deborra-Lee Furness, 60, have been married two decades today, which is almost 80 in celeb years.

But the actor couple, who tied the knot in 1996, still look as happy as newlyweds — earlier this year Hugh gushed that Deborra-Lee was the best thing that’s ever happened to him, and recently he told People Magazine that his life slogan was “Happy wife, happy life.” Here’s a look at the ups and downs of their 20-year union.

Photos: EPA, TPG, Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) via Instagram 

To have and to hold
To have and to hold
11 Apr 2016

To have and to hold

Before Hugh became Wolverine, he landed his first professional acting role in the Australian television series Corelli straight after graduating from a performing arts academy. Deborra-Lee played the title character and Hugh played her love interest, and according to him everyone on set had a massive crush on her.

She had just made a New Year’s resolution not to date an actor or anyone under 30, and she broke both rules with Hugh.

Their natural chemistry on set wasn’t lost on Corelli’s audience. Deborra-Lee recounted an incident from the early days of their courtship: A supermarket cashier saw them shopping together and told them, “‘I knew it was too good to be acting.” 

From this day forward
From this day forward
11 Apr 2016

From this day forward

Hugh imposed a six-month proposal ban on himself, but when the fourth month ended he decided it was a silly rule and went for it, setting up croissants and flowers on a table by a lake.

The actor even got the idea to have one-of-a-kind wedding rings when he had no clue about jewellery or diamonds. The couple ended up with rings inscribed with “We dedicate our union to a greater source” in Sanskrit.

The wedding took place in a Melbourne suburb in 1996. The newlyweds once made a pact not to spend more than two weeks apart, which was tested when in 1999 Hugh was cast as Wolverine in the X-Men series.

For better, for worse
For better, for worse
11 Apr 2016

For better, for worse

Being 41 when she married, Deborra-Lee endured fertility treatments and suffered two miscarriages before she and Hugh decided they had had enough of IVF. They adopted Oscar Maximillian, now 15, and Ava Eliot, now 10, though the couple emphasised that adoption had always been part of their plans.

The couple were present at Oscar’s birth — Deborra-Lee took photos and Hugh cut the cord. In a 2004 interview, Deborra-Lee said the family kept in touch with Oscar’s birth mother, which wasn’t required of the adoption process.

They even made it a point to welcome mixed-race children because of their lower likelihood of being adopted. But having children who didn’t look exactly like them caused Oscar and Ava to stand out as adoptees, forcing Hugh to reiterate that they were his children and he didn’t think of them as adopted.

In good times and in bad
In good times and in bad
11 Apr 2016

In good times and in bad

Their own arduous journey of international adoption made Hugh and Deborra-Lee outspoken supporters of simplifying adoption laws in Australia. In an interview with the Guardian last year, he described the painfully bureaucratic process he and his wife went through and said it almost felt like officials were trying to put them off adopting.

Deborra-Lee went on to establish in 2008 the National Adoption Awareness Week, which was relaunched two years ago as Adopt Change. Her campaign work earned her the 2014 New South Wales Australian of the Year award. Hugh acts as one of Adopt Change’s ambassadors.

In sickness and in health
In sickness and in health
11 Apr 2016

In sickness and in health

You could say Deborra-Lee saved Hugh’s life when she ordered him to get a mark on his nose checked — the spot turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. In November 2013 Hugh said he had had it removed, and another mark went the following May; Hugh removed a fifth cancer this February.

Being the activist he was, he urged fans to slather on sunscreen through the Instagram selfies he took with his nose bandaged, and he spoke openly about the need for regular check-ups.

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