Jackman slams gay rumours

DAISY DUMAS
Last updated 14:07 01/07/2013
Fairfax Australia

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have said rumours the star is gay are 'silly' and 'offensive'.

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Hugh Jackman has taken a wrecking ball to rumours that he is gay, after admitting that he is ''frustrated'' by the constant speculation over his sexuality.

The actor told Australia's Channel Nine's 60 Minutes on Sunday night that if he was gay, he would not make a secret of it.

''If I was, I would be,'' he told interviewer Tara Brown. ''It's to me not the most interesting thing about a person anyway ... I do get frustrated for Deb, 'cause I see Deb go, 'Ah, this is crazy'.''

The Wolverine actor, 44, is no stranger to his effeminate side after playing the flamboyantly effete Peter Allen in A Boy From Oz.

The role appears to have shaped the actor's image, with some suggesting his marriage of almost 17 years to fellow actor Deborra-Lee Furness, 57, is a ''sham''.

Sitting alongside her husband in the candid interview, Furness dismissed the rumour as a lie.

''It is just wrong, it's like, it's a lie ... It's just offensive. If he was gay, fine, he would say he's gay. It has gotten so out of whack ... it's stupid, yeah, it's annoying, because it's not true.''

She went on to say that playing a psychopath doesn't make an actor a psychopath any more than playing a gay man makes an actor gay.

Jackman, for his part, makes light of the gossip, saying ''it's ridiculous, but whatever'', and even joking that he is gay ''occasionally''.

''Before the coffee, you didn't notice the difference?''

He said that it happens to every actor and that ''on some level it's a compliment, you know, because it only happens when you've got to a certain point in your career.''

As a final word, both Jackman and Furness, who have two children, label the speculation ''silly''.

The 16-minute interview spanned questions about the couple meeting, life on stage and Jackman's meteoric rise from musical theatre to Oscar-winning epic, Les Miserables, in which he stars alongside Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

In February, Jackman opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the issue of his sexuality, saying that the rumours ''bug'' his wife, who blames the internet for their grip.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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