Deborra-Lee Furness Doesn’t Like The Suggestion That Hugh Jackman Is Gay, Or That She’s Lucky To Be With Him
Here it is, this is my Quantum Leap moment. The moment where I will go back in time to 2014, and tell myself: “This will not be the last time you write this headline.” Because Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness is here to make it clear again that people have got to stop back-handing her with the ultimate of back-handed compliments about her marriage. Oh, and also, that her husband isn’t a gay man.
Even if you know next to zero information about Hugh and Deborra-Lee’s 24-year marriage, you probably know that people love to wonder what their deal is. Because there’s no way that a 51-year-old A-list hunk is married to a 64-year-old lady simply because he loves her. Come on, that’s suspicious as hell. Together? Because of love? To paraphrase Oprah, what’s the truth here. There’s been theories for years that Hugh is in the closet and Deborra-Lee is his beard.
She doesn’t like the gay suspicions, or the insinuation that Hugh could or should upgrade. She explained it all during tonight’s episode of the Australian show Anh’s Brush With Fame (via News.com.aus):
“Luck! Like I won a chook raffle. People don’t realize that it’s actually rude to say that. Lucky because he’s a stud muffin and all that…but that’s showbiz and Hollywood and the brand of Hugh Jackman.”
I had to remind myself what a “chook raffle” was, and it’s an Aussie slang term for a chicken raffle. Basically, implying that there’s no way Hugh would have ended up with her unless the stars were aligned and the moon was in whatever house it needs to be to grant wishes.
Hugh has commented on the gay rumors before, saying that he isn’t bothered by them, and he thinks people were just jumping to conclusions after he played gay in The Boy from Oz on Broadway. Deborra-Lee is getting a little tired of it.
“I see these magazines and they’re so mean spirited…I hope people realize it’s all made up. Nicole [Kidman] and Keith [Urban] get divorced every week and I sit here and I’m like…they’re perfectly happy. They just make up lies and they get away with it. [Hugh’s] been gay for so many years, I was gay too when I did Shame. They were shocked when I got married. It’s just wrong. It’s like someone saying to Elton John, ‘Oh he’s straight’. I’m sure he’d be pissed! And so what! What are we discussing here…Is he a vegetarian? Is he gay?”
I don’t know how you can compare a vegetarian diet with being gay, especially right after making a joke about a chicken raffle. Are they connected? Is there a cock-swallowing joke in here that I’m not getting? But she could not have picked a worse example of Hugh’s gossip plight than Elton John. No one ever has accused Elton John of being secretly straight. Even closeted, married-to-a-woman Elton John of the past is like, “Deborra-Lee, please – find a more reasonable comparison.”