Los Angeles, United States — “Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman and his wife of 27 years will separate, a statement released by American media announced Friday.
The 54-year-old Australian actor met fellow actor Deborra-Lee Jackman on the set of an Australian television series in 1995, and the couple married a year later.
“We have been fortunate to share nearly (three) decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful and loving marriage,” said a joint statement first reported by People magazine.
“Our journey is now changing and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.
“Our family has been and always will be our biggest priority. We begin this next chapter with gratitude, love and kindness.
The couple have two children together.
Jackman, a Golden Globe winner for his role in “Les Miserables,” has juggled his muscular superhero image with ventures into music and dance during a varied career.
“We greatly appreciate your understanding of respecting our privacy as our family goes through this transition in all of our lives,” the statement continued, adding that no further information will be released.
In a social media post to mark the couple’s silver wedding anniversary, Jackman described their marriage as “natural like breathing”.
“From the moment we met…I knew our destiny was to be together. Over the course of our 25 years of existence, our love has only deepened.
“I am forever grateful to share our love, our lives – and our family together. We have only just started. Deb, I love you with all my heart!
Jackman’s rippling muscles and glassy features have earned him an army of admirers, and in 2008 he was named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine.
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