Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness on Friday announced to end their marriage after 27 years.
In a statement made to PEOPLE, the former couple said, “We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.”
“Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”
They did not give any reason for their decision.
They have two children: Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.
The news of Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee came as a shock to millions of fans.
The timing of their announcement was important. Their youngest just turned 18 and it seems they were holding on for the kids to grow up.
Pandemic and lockdowns have had such a severe long term impact, ramifications are still being felt by everyone till date.
Fans who were left devastated by the former couple’s decision said 2023 is a cursed year.
“It’s like curse alternating between couples,” said one fan on social media.
Some people reminsced about 2009 which saw multiple people dying. “South Park” also made an entire episode about 2009 being a “cursed year”.
A lot of famous deaths and divorces also took place in 2016.
A social media user noted , “It’s interesting that there’s a nine years difference between 2009-2016 and 2016-2023.
“It means every seven years we will have a year with an overwhelming amount of celebrity deaths and breakups, said another fan.
People with interest in astrology blamed Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee’s split on the alignment of planets.
One such user said, “Mercury retrograde just ended today. We had intense last few weeks due to seven planets being retrograde. Venus retrograde was especially hard.”
Another said,”It’s six planets in retrograde.” But one user argued, “Mercury is direct today.One down.”
An expert explained, “When planets go retrograde it’s a period of deep reflection and introspection and basically like a crossroads. You can continue to make the same choices and weave the same patterns or you can sit back and evaluate and choose to do differently. Venus in retrograde in particular is a make it or break it period for relationships in general but especially romantic ones. That coupled with Pluto and Saturn in retrograde (the planets of death/deep seeded wisdom and renewal/liberation), creates a paradox/conflict of interests. It creates the question “What do I value?” Collaboration or individuation? Interdependence or independence? It creates a situation where you have to choose to commit to one or the other. It also makes you evaluate if partnerships, friendships, communities, environments really add value to your life or not.”