I thought Mum and Dad would get back together.

Is Hugh Jackman on good terms with his estranged mother?

answered by Vitmor


Hugh Jackman is known to be a kind and happy-looking man, but behind his smile there used to hide a lot of pain brought on by his relationship with his mother.

When he was eight years old, his mother, Grace McNeil, suddenly left him and his family without saying goodbye and moved to England. In 2012, Hugh told Australia’s 60 Minutes:

I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye. [It] must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house.

I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was “I just need to get away, and I’ll come back”. The next day there was a telegram from England. Mum was there. And that was it. Dad used to pray every night that mum would come back.

His parents eventually divorced and his sisters moved to England to be with their mother and he and his brothers stayed with their father in Australia, only being able to see her once a year.

For many years, I thought it was not going to be forever, so I clung on to that. Up until that age of about 12 or 13, I thought Mum and Dad would get back together.

But the thing I never felt, and I know this might sound strange, I never felt that my mum didn’t love me. Finally realising it wasn’t going to happen was probably the roughest time, to be honest.

When he was a teenager he realized that she wasn’t coming back and as the years went on and he started to mature and see his past in a different light, he started to understand her reasons for leaving and they spoke in length about her departure over the years:

She was in hospital after I was born suffering from postnatal depression. There wasn’t a support network for her here.

Nowadays their bond is stronger than ever and all wounds appear to be healed:

Thank you for reading.


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