Hugh Jackman has shared a loving tribute to a late family member days after announcing his shock split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness after 27 years of marriage.
The actress, 67, and the actor, 54, announced in a statement on Friday that they had separated after 27 years of marriage, saying they’re moving forward ‘with gratitude, love, and kindness.’
On Wednesday, the Wolverine star posted a birthday message to the family’s beloved dog, Dali, who died in August last year.
In the photo, shared to his Instagram Story, the French bulldog sat on the back cushion of a sofa in their home.
‘Happy birthday Dali!’ he wrote alongside the photo.
Hugh Jackman (left) has shared a loving tribute to a family member days after announcing his shock split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness (right) after 27 years of marriage
Dali passed away in 2022, just one month shy of his 12th birthday.
Jackman and his estranged wife, Furness, adopted Dali back in 2010. They also have another dog named Allegra.
The tribute comes less than a week after Jackman and Furness announced they were separating.
In a statement on Friday, Jackman and Furness said: ‘We have been blessed to share almost 3 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,’ the couple said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
On Wednesday, the Wolverine star posted a birthday message to the family’s beloved dog, Dali, who died in August last year
‘Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness,’ it continued.
‘We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.’
The former couple signed the statement as ‘Deb and Hugh Jackman,’ adding: ‘This is the sole statement either of us will make.’
The Australian couple share two children together; Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.
Furness was seen for the first time since the couple’s shock split announcement as she enjoyed lunch with pals in NYC on Tuesday.
Furness, 67, and Jackman, 54, announced in a statement on Friday that they had separated after 27 years of marriage, saying they’re moving forward ‘with gratitude, love, and kindness’ (pictured April 2023)
She looked in jovial spirits during her meal with her girlfriends and, following in her ex Hugh’s footsteps, was seen to have removed her wedding ring.
Jackman briefly spoke with paparazzi on the street on Saturday and admitted he and his soon-to-be ex-wife are struggling with their split.
As he walked along a street, he divulged that ‘it’s a difficult time’ but declined to discuss the breakup further.
Last April, the pair had just celebrated their anniversary and Jackman had posted a gushing tribute to his wife on Instagram.
‘I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years! I love you so much,’ the actor wrote in his caption.
‘Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage, and loyalty is an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart,’ he shared in the heartfelt post.
Jackman has never been shy about speaking on his marriage, and praised Furness when promoting his hit film The Greatest Showman in 2017.
In an interview, he called Furness his ‘best friend’ and main source of support in both his career, and personal life.
In 2000, The Music Man thespian and Furness adopted son Oscar Maximilian, 23, in 2005, they adopted now 18-year-old daughter Ava Eliot
In fact, Deborra-Lee had already shot 20 movies by the time she and Jackman met while costarring as a prison psychologist and a brain-damaged convict in ABC’s 10-episode series Correlli in 1995
Jackman said of his partner: ‘I’m married to the greatest woman alive. She’s amazing. We’re best friends, and we share everything. She’s smart.’
Talking about how they never spend longer than two weeks apart, he explained that it was because they wish to ‘share everything’ together.
He continued: ‘We always said we’d never spend more than 2 weeks apart. Sometimes life and work does get crazy.
‘But we met on my first job when she was already a big star, I was a nobody. So we have shared everything, all the ups and downs, and always will.’
It was only weeks after they began dating that Hugh asked Deborra-Lee to marry him, and the couple wed in 1996