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Hugh Jackman is best known as a triple threat thanks to his award-winning career as a singer, dancer and actor, but it’s his roles offstage as a husband and father where Jackman shines even more. Dad to Oscar and Ava and husband to Deb, Jackman is now sharing his best advice on marriage, which applies to couples with and without children. Wolverine leaves no man or beast behind.

Jackman is part of the new book The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation, published by WHO magazine. Filled with personal essays by famous fathers, including Ben Stiller, David Beckham, John Krasinski, Kurt Russell, Damian Lewis and more, Jackman describes the decision he and wife Deb made more than 20 years ago that has been the foundation for their marriage.

 

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“Before we had kids, Deb and I made a pretty simple but powerful choice to look each other in the eye at every crossroads in life. Those crossroads are sometimes big, sometimes they’re small, sometimes you don’t even realise they’re crossroads until you look back,” writes Jackman via The Daily Mail. “But at those moments, we said we’d ask each other, ‘Is this good or bad for our marriage?’ Or, now that we’ve got kids, ‘Is this good or bad for our family?’ And as often as possible, we do the thing that is good for our family.”

Jackman’s message of viewing decisions as a family unit may seem obvious or straightforward, but it’s an idea that can easily get lost in the shuffle of daily life, especially when new projects, promotions, or opportunities arise.

The celebrity couple met on the short-lived Australian TV show Correlli in 1995 and have been happily married since 1996. In a 2018 interview with Today Show host Willie Geist, Jackman said, “I knew two weeks in to meeting Deb that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives.” Proposing after four months of dating and getting married after less than a year as a couple, Jackman’s said the pair’s connection was evident from the start. “In the end, what do you want from your life partner? You want to be fully seen and you want to be able to fully see them for exactly who (they) really are. And Deb and I had that from the beginning,” said Jackman.

Speaking to People magazine earlier this year, Jackman touched on the importance of intimacy in a marriage, saying, “Without a doubt, it is the most important thing.” The Greatest Showman star quickly added that intimacy can mean many things beyond sex. “People talk about intimacy and assume that means in the bedroom. Of course it is that, but really, intimacy is being able to share everything together – good, bad, fears, successes.”

 

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