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One of Hollywood’s most lasting couple opens up in Town & Country magazine’s October 2013 issue about what makes their relationship so strong.
Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman married in April 1996 after meeting a year earlier on the set of TV drama Correlli. The handsome actor wanted to wait five months until proposing to the beautiful actress, but he eventually gave up.
“I decided, I won’t ask her to marry me for six months,” he told Town & Country magazine. “Then after four months I thought, ‘That’s the most ridiculous rule!’”
The Wolverine star revealed their secret for a happy marriage for the August 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping.
He recounted the moment he popped the question to Deborra.
They went on a morning stroll and the 44-year-old actor led his lady to a table with croissants and flowers that he had set next to a lake at a botanical garden. Then he popped the question, and Furness started crying with happiness.
Given his acting career, Jackman’s look has changed over the years, and his wife explains how she likes him best.
“I like him clean-shaven,” she admits. “But I like him all ways: chubby, muscley, skinny. I’m always having affairs.”
“From day one, we were best mates,’ Jackman said. ‘We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing – we just connected.”
“Deb is the last one to bed and the first one up in the morning. You know those dolls that, when you lie them down, their eyes close? And as soon as they’re vertical, their eyes open?”
“That’s Deb. It’s almost annoying. She has two speeds: Stop and Go. She is always, ‘Let’s do this, let’s do that.’ And she is very funny, very quick.”
Jackman also said that communication is the key to successful relationships.
“We talk about everything all the time,” he said. “The bedrock of any relationship is to communicate, and Deb and I have always done that, discussing whatever’s going on, good or bad.”
Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman have two children, Oscar and Ava.