Deborra-Lee Furness gave the first hint her marriage to Hugh Jackman was in trouble at the start of the year when she quietly offloaded their dream home.
Furness, 67, made the surprise move unnoticed when she put the couple’s Hamptons mansion up for rent in January for a staggering $260,000 per month.
The actress had previously described the prized 7300 square ft property as a labour of love and a dream home for her, Jackman and their two kids, Oscar Maximilian Jackman, 23, and 18-year-old Ava Eliot.
Six years in the making, she had only just put the finishing touches on the $5.4 million mansion two years before.
The couple’s sprawling Gardiner Bay residence on the exclusive New York island has a home cinema to watch the Wolverine actor’s movies, along with an infinity swimming pool, gym and five bedrooms and five and half bathrooms, including a water-view marble ensuite.
On completing the couple’s dream home, Furness told the Architectural Digest: “This was my lifelong dream. It’s like, bucket list, tick it off. I’ve done it, and I loved it.”
Furness’ major clue emerged after Jackman broke his silence on the shock split after 27 years by telling paparazzi on the streets of New York at the weekend: “It doesn’t feel quite right talking about it on the street but I appreciate your thoughts, man.
“It’s a difficult time.”
Insiders placed the strain of COVID for sinking the union.
An insider told DailyMail.com this week: “They are forever linked, forever together with the children they have. But after the past few years, the love they had for each other turned more into a friendship which got broken during COVID, as the lockdown didn’t help their marriage at all and really put a strain on their relationship.
“They worked on it and couldn’t get it back. The strikes haven’t helped one bit, it got them in the same predicament as COVID did, to where they were just kicking the tires, and Hugh found it all to not have the same magic as they once had.
“Deb had similar concerns and thoughts and separating is the best option.
“They will never talk negatively about each other, just time has passed for them and they are now accepting that fate.”
Announcing their break up, the couple told People magazine: “We have been blessed to share almost three 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.
“Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness.
“We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.”