Even though Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness always planned to adopt, the couple struggled with infertility before the adoption of their kids, Oscar, 12, and Ava, 7. In a new interview, the Les Miserables star shares the pain of miscarriage and the profound joy of becoming a parent.
“It is a difficult time. The miscarriage thing — apparently it happens to one in three pregnancies — but it’s very, very rarely talked about. It’s almost secretive. But it’s a good thing to talk about. It’s more common and it’s tough, there’s a grieving process you have to go through. To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen, but biologically, obviously, we tried and it was not happening for us.”
Hugh describes the feeling of becoming a dad for the first time. “The moment Oscar was born all the heartache melted away. You can’t prepare for that moment, nothing can prepare you. You can’t even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes. How it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you and … all of a sudden how alive you are.”
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