Hugh and Deborra-Lee's miscarriage pain

They may be the very happy parents of two beautiful children now, but the road to parenthood wasn’t easy for Hugh Jackman and his wife of 16 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.

On Tuesday, during an appearance on US talk show Katie, the dad of Oscar, 12, and Ava, 7, opened up about the couple’s past.

“To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan,” the Les Miserable star said.

“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 was 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.”

Jackman continued, “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.”

The 44-year-old said that once son Oscar joined their lives, “all the heartache just melted away”.

Of becoming a parent, he said, “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 and how it opens up your heart, how it frustrates you, how it angers you … all of a sudden how alive you are as a parent.”

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