When celebrity couples adopt, they don’t often go into the reasons why – especially if their story involves infertility. But Hugh Jackman is finally breaking the silence about the heartbreak he and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, suffered on the road to parenthood.
“[B]iologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it is a difficult time,” he told Katie Couric on Katie (as reported by Us Weekly). “We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I’ll never forget the miscarriage thing – it happens to one in three pregnancies, but it’s very, very rarely talked about.”
He admitted that they’d been keeping quiet about the subject, but added, “It’s good to talk about it. It’s more common, and it is tough. There’s a grieving you have to go through.”
Happily, the couple’s dreams came true four years into their marriage, when they adopted their son, Oscar. “The heartache just melted away,” Hugh said. Five years later, they added more joy to their lives with their daughter, Ava. Hugh emphasized that adoption was always something they intended to do, whether or not they had biological children.
Kudos to Hugh for bringing to light a subject that many people are still hesitant to discuss. Miscarriage is often a private grief, but keeping it secret not only stigmatizes a very common experience, it also robs women of the opportunity to receive comfort and support.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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