Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness are reportedly divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
The Australian pair told the celebrity magazine People that they were “blessed to share almost three decades together”.
“Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth,” the statement said.
On the Correlli TV set in 1995, Jackman and Furness first connected.
When they first met, Furness was a well-known actress, and Jackman had just graduated from theater school.
Their two adopted children, who are now 23 and 18, were born after they wed in April 1996.
The pair stated that their “family has been and always will be our highest priority” in a statement that appeared in People.
“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.”
The couple sign off by saying “this is the sole statement either of us will make”.
The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables star Jackman, who is best known for his appearances as Wolverine in the X-Men movies and its spinoffs, has frequently commented on social media about his love for Furness.
On their last wedding anniversary, in April, he said: “I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 YEARS!!
“I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humour, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me.
“I love you with all my heart.”
Their marriage was described as “natural as breathing” in a message he made on their silver wedding anniversary in 2021.
At the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London in July, the couple was seen together as they watched Carlos Alcaraz battle Novak Djokovic.
Following testing for skin cancer, Jackman announced to his followers on social media in April that he had been given the all-clear.
The actor underwent at least six treatments after having his initial skin cancer removed in 2013.