Hugh Jackman Opens Up About Past Fertility Struggles on 'Katie'

The Les Mis star, who calls fatherhood "incredible", talks about miscarriages his wife had and the "grieving that you have to go through"

In their sixteen years of marriage, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have weathered good times and bad. On Tuesday's episode of Katie, Jackman opened up about a secret heartache that he and his wife shared: the miscarriages she suffered before they adopted their children.

"Until you go through it, you understand it’s not talked about a lot," Jackman told host Katie Couric.

The Les Miserables star said that he and Furness, who met on an Australian TV show, always planned to adopt, but wanted to try for a biological child first.

'We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages," Jackman revealed. "I’ll never forget it, the miscarriage thing… It happens to one in three pregnancies. But it’s very, very rarely talked about. It’s almost secretive, so I hope Deb doesn’t mind me bringing it up now."

"It’s a good thing to talk about it...There’s a grieving that you have to go through," said the star.

What finally healed that grief, said Jackman, was the birth of their adopted son Oscar in 2000. Five years later, the couple adopted daughter Ava, and the actor is treasuring every moment of being a father.

"You can’t even explain how incredible it is," Jackman told Couric, "and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how everything is just all of a sudden, how alive you are as a parent."

Watch some of Jackman's more light-hearted moments on Katie, below!

 

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