Hugh Jackman's Wife: Gay Rumors About Him Are "Tragic"

Celebrity News Nov. 29, 2011 AT 4:59PM
Hugh Jackman's Wife: Gay Rumors About Him Are "Tragic" Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

It isn't easy being Mrs. Hugh Jackman.

Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness has been married to the fellow Australian, 43, since 1996 -- and she's had to physically and mentally battle fans and mean-spirited critics!

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"I've been almost pummeled as people try to get to him," Furness, 56, tells Page Six Magazine. "Literally, they will push you out of the way."

And then there's Furness' age -- 13 years Jackman's senior -- and her curves. "The age thing! Truth be known, Hugh is much more mature than me, so we balance each other out," she tells the mag. "And heaven forbid I have a human experience and carry a little weight."

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Like many an A-list star, the X-Men hunk (currently performing his one-man-show on Broadway in NYC) has also fielded rumors that he's gay, and that their marriage is a sham.

"The line I heard was, 'Wolverine? Who would have thought?' Hugh and I don't pay much heed," Furness sniffs of the speculation. "It's kind of tragic that these people have nothing better to do than gossip about people they don't know."

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The couple share kids Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6, whom they adopted after several heartbreaking miscarriages.

"Hugh and I were always going to adopt," she explains. "We were going to have one [child], adopt another. When we didn’t have one, we adopted two. I can't bear to think of a child not being cared for. I tell my own children it was their destiny to come to us."

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