In a new interview with the Herald Sun, celebrity dad Hugh Jackman opens up about the process of adoption. While it was not an easy path, it definitely seemed like destiny for him and wife Deborra Lee Furness.
It was painful to hear that they couldn’t conceive as a couple. “It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional. I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”
Deborra and Hugh finally had enough with IVF treatments and turned to adoption. And it happened quicker than expected.
“From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them [son Oscar, 11, and daughter Ava, 6] as adopted – they’re our children. Deb and I are believers in … I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children. Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone’s in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it’s something we feel very deeply.”
When asked if their family of four is the final product, Hugh says probably. “We thought we’d have a number of kids. But travelling and being hands-on parents, which is what we try to be, isn’t easy,” he admits. “That conversation hasn’t been tabled for about 12 months, which is probably a good way of saying it’s not going to happen.”
“Kids are the greatest joy. No matter what’s going on in the day, you can walk in that front door and it all goes away. Particularly with Ava – she’s a mini-Deb and so funny. She said to me the other day, ‘I’m just like Mum. I’m always right!’ And you know what? She is.”
Below, take a look at a slideshow full of Hollywood kids who have been adopted by A-List celebrities.
[Photos Pacific Coast News.]