Hugh Jackman on Parenting After Miscarriages: “It’s a Good Thing to Talk About”
What’s with all these super-sensitive dads making our hearts all melty? The latest one we can’t get over is ever-adorable Hugh Jackman talking on Katie about the two children he adopted with wife Deborra-Lee Furness, and the pain they went through trying to have biological children, reports Us Weekly.
The Aussie actor shares candidly with host Katie Couric the couple’s struggles conceiving. "To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan," Hugh explains. “We didn't know where in the process that would happen but biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it is a difficult time. We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I'll never forget it the miscarriage thing — it happens to one in three pregnancies, but it's very very rarely talked about."
Hugh goes on, "It's almost secretive, so I hope Deb doesn't mind me bringing it up now. It's a good thing to talk about it. It's more common, and it is tough. There's a grieving that you have to go through.” But once their son was born Hugh says, "all the heartache just melted away."
Now that the couple have Oscar, 12, and Ava, 7, Hugh says of parenthood, “Nothing can prepare you,” adding, "You can't even explain how incredible it is and that avalanche of emotion that comes and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you, how everything is just all the sudden how alive you are as a parent."