Hugh Jackman speaks of 'difficult time' after news of split with Deborra-lee Furness

Hugh Jackman has spoken about his split with wife Deborra-lee Furness.
Hugh Jackman has spoken about his split with wife Deborra-lee Furness. Photo credit: Getty Images

Hugh Jackman says it's a "difficult time" after being asked about what led to the split from his wife of 27 years, Deborra-Lee Furness. 

News broke of the high-profile pair's marriage breakdown over the weekend, with an exclusive statement from the pair in People magazine saying that their "journey is now shifting." 

"We have been blessed to share almost three 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. 

"We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness," the statement read. 

After the news broke, Jackman was seen running errands on the streets of New York and was approached by a photographer, who asked about what led to the shock split. 

"It doesn't feel quite right talking about it on the street," Jackman said, as quoted by Australian outlet 

"It's a difficult time," he reportedly added before continuing on with his business. 

However, a Broadway insider reportedly told US website Page Six: "It happened a while ago. Friends and family knew about it." 

Jackman and Furness met in 1995 on the set of the Australian TV drama Corelli and are said to have had an "instant connection". 

They married 11 months later on April 11, 1996.