Hollywood hunk and newly single Hugh Jackman may be feeling like a fish out of water after returning to the dating scene for the first time in 27 years – but according to insiders, he’s ready to find love again.
After nearly three decades of marital bliss together, the Australian megastar, 54, and his longtime ex-lover Deborra-Lee Furness, 67, announced their decision to split, much to the shock of many fans around the world .
And while many would assume the next phase of such a major uncoupling would include typical Hollywood bashing, the split would be “amicable,” with the two remaining good friends.
With the couple revealing their split just a month ago, some fans might be wondering if it’s too soon for Hugh to be back in the dating pool.
However, relationship psychologist Limor Gottlieb, of Brunel University London, told FEMAIL that dating after divorce moves at different rates for different people and there is “no one-size-fits-all approach”.
As reports indicate Hollywood hunk Hugh Jackman, 54, is looking for new love, experts reveal how long you should wait to date after divorce
She explained: “The ideal waiting period after divorce varies and is very personal. Although some studies suggest waiting a year or more to ensure emotional healing and preparation, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
“Factors such as personal emotional resilience and attachment styles all play a role. But ultimately, there is no fixed waiting period.
“The key is to prioritize your own emotional well-being and preparation for a new relationship rather than adhering to a specific timeline.”
But if you’re just coming out of heartbreak like Hugh, the expert advises you to be honest with yourself and take time to heal if you need to, in order to inspire ‘confidence’ when you start again to go out with you.
After nearly three decades of marital bliss together, the Australian megastar, 54, and his longtime ex-lover Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured), 67, announced their decision to split, much to the shock of many fans at worldwide.
Our expert advised new singles like Hugh and Deborra to heal from their previous marriages before diving into the dating pool
She also stressed the importance of “self-awareness and emotional preparation” before joining the dating world, as well as exercising caution if young children are involved.
She continued: “My advice is to take time to heal from your previous marriage before diving into the dating pool to make sure you are emotionally ready.
“Also pay attention to your children, if applicable. Children need time to adjust to divorce before facing the arrival of a new person.
Hugh and Deborra-Lee, 67, shocked fans last month by announcing they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
“We were blessed to share nearly three decades together in a wonderful and loving marriage. Our journey is now changing and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth,” the couple said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“Our family has been and always will be our biggest priority. We begin this next chapter with gratitude, love and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding of respecting our privacy as our family goes through this transition.
They signed the statement as “Deb and Hugh Jackman,” adding: “This is the only statement either of us will make.” »
The Australian couple share two children together; Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.
Last April, the couple celebrated their anniversary and Jackman posted a heartwarming tribute to his wife on Instagram.
“I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years! I love you so much,” the Wolverine star wrote in his caption.
“Together we created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your wit, your generosity, your humor, your insolence, your courage and your loyalty are an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart,” he shared in a heartfelt message.
Although he is undoubtedly better known than his wife, Deborra-Lee had already made 20 films by the time she and Jackman met while playing a prison psychologist and a suffering inmate of brain damage in the 10-episode series Correlli on ABC TV in 1995.
Deborra-Lee recently played Jill Bailey alongside Eric Bana in Robert Connolly’s sequel Force of Nature: The Dry 2, which was released in Australian and New Zealand cinemas on August 24.
In February, Hugh told Smooth Radio: “I think honesty, intimacy and making time (are the secret to a long and happy marriage). You can’t just assume things will go as planned. You have to take the time.