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Hugh Jackman: My Mother Abandoned Me When I Was 8

Submitted by on October 25, 2012 – 10:02 am Comments

This piece of news is probably something not many are aware of. It turns out; Huge Jackman the hugely popular Hollywood star of today had to face pain and loss at a very young age. Hugh was abandoned by his mother when he was only 8 years old and was living in Sydney Australia with his brothers and sisters. His mother Grace basically abandoned her children and moved back to U.K. The worst part is she informed her kids by telegram the next day that, she had abandoned them.

Well, one can’t help but be moved by this revelation, especially when you begin to question as to how a mother could do something this heartless, with her children. Jackman has further revealed that, until he was 12-13 he didn’t know his mother would never be coming back. Even the age of 13 is too tender an age for a child to be able to accept the fact that, he would never see his mother again. “One of the main things I remember is that horrible feeling that people were talking about you and looking at you because it was odd for the mother to leave” he was quoted as saying.

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Seems like the pain of the abandonment is still buried deep within him somewhere and that is exactly why despite being so successful today, he can recollect these past events as if it were yesterday. Despite this, Jackman defended his mother’s actions by saying “the thing I never felt, and I know this might sound strange, I never felt that my mum didn’t love me. I’ve spoken about it at length with her since and I know she was struggling. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression. There wasn’t a support network for her here”.

What might have helped Jackman empathize with his mother is the fact that, he himself is a parent now and has two beautiful children, Oscar, 12, and Ava, 7, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness. “I think having kids of your own just adds another level of empathy and understanding” he says. “And there comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life.”

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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