Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness looked every inch the glamour couple as they attended the star-studded 2023 Met Gala in New York in May.
The Hollywood couple – who have been married for 27 years – stood out from the crowd, with viewers dubbing Furness “unrecognisable” in a stunning black figure-hugging gown.
Photos show how husband and wife have both undergone a dramatic transformation over the years.
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So what’s their secret?
Here, 7Life looks back at how the power couple’s dramatically changing looks and the secrets they swear by for good health.
Viewers stunned by Hugh Jackman’s wife’s transformation: ‘Can hardly recognise her’
Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness debuted a drastic new look at the 2023 star-studded Met Gala. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
The couple met as co-stars on the set of Australian TV show Correlli in 1995.
Just four months into dating, the X-Men star previously spoke out about how he always knew he was going to marry Furness – who is 13 years his senior.
The pair tied the knot just a year later in April 1996.
“I knew two weeks into meeting Deb that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives,” Jackman told TODAY in a 2018 interview.
The couple met as co-stars on the set of Australian TV show Correlli in 1995 (pictured in July 1997, a year after getting married). Credit: Patrick Riviere/Getty ImagesThe X-Men star previously spoke out about how he always knew he was going to marry Furness, who is 13 years his senior (pictured in July 2000). Credit: Getty ImagesThe couple at the Fox Studios Gala Opening in November 1999. Credit: Patrick Riviere/Getty Images
The duo are doting parents to two adopted kids – son Oscar and daughter Ava.
The loved-up couple now look worlds apart from their younger years – as they turn heads at every celebrity event with an astonishing transformation which has piqued the interest of fans.
In mid-2020, Furness revealed she was on a health kick – but quickly pointed out her husband had picked up a baking hobby in lockdown that made it difficult for her to stay on track.
“I’m on a keto diet, which is no carbs,” she told reporters at the time.
Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that removes almost all carbs – including bread, grains and starch.
The pair at the premiere of the film ‘Swordfish’ at Hoyts Cinema in June 2001. Credit: Peter Carrette Archive/Getty ImagesThe pair at the X2: X-Men United movie premier in April 2003. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe couple at the Met Gala in April 2004. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageThe couple at the Met Gala in May 2018. Credit: Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic
Despite joking Jackman’s hobby was “annoying”, she said his homemade bread was “so good”.
“I wake up to the smell of fresh bread,” she said, revealing how Jackman tweaked his bread recipe to help her stay on track with her diet.
“He has adjusted and he is now making me a low-carb bread. So I get to have that,” she said.
It’s unclear whether Furness is still on the keto diet – but she looked dramatically different at the 2023 Met Gala when she wowed in a black gown.
“Deb is looking incredible! Does she even age ever?” one fan asked as another agreed, saying the 67-year-old was looking “fierce”.
One suggested: “Wow Mrs Jackman. You are smoking hot.”
While another added: “You look great Hugh but Deb steals the show!”
Jackman spilled secrets on how he achieved his ripped superhero physique for Wolverine in in the new Deadpool movie, set to release in Australia in May 2024. Credit: MarvelIn March, the actor revealed he was eating more than 8000 calories a day to bulk up muscle. Credit: Hugh JackmanA look at his typical day on a plate. Credit: Hugh Jackman
Jackman, himself, has always kept his fans in the loop with his diet – even spilling secrets on how he achieved his ripped superhero physique for Wolverine in the new Deadpool movie, slated for release in Australia in May 2024.
In March, the actor revealed he was eating more than 8000 calories a day during the preparation stages of playing Wolverine.
“Bulking. A day in the life,” the 54-year-old said in his caption, alongside a picture of the six pre-made meals containing a whopping 8300 calories.
‘Becoming Wolverine again’
“Thank you chef Mario for helping me stay healthy and properly fed whilst… Becoming. Wolverine. Again.”
The picture showed two servings of chicken burgers (1000 calories each), two servings of grass-fed sirloin steaks with noodles (1100 calories each), one serving of salmon with potatoes (2100 calories) and black bass with vegetable and rice (2000 calories).
In Australia, an adult’s average daily intake is 2000 calories.
Among his ‘cheat’ meal was a generous serving of roast. Credit: Hugh JackmanHe also treated himself to a cheese platter. Credit: Hugh JackmanHis other ‘cheat’ meal included a variety of desserts. Credit: Hugh Jackman
In an interview with HBO Max’s Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace in January, the Greatest Showman star clarified he never turned to steroids to bulk up for his famous Marvel role.
“I just did it the old school way,” Jackman said.
“And I tell you, I’ve eaten more chickens – I’m so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world. Literally the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble.”
Six months workout
Jackman said he’s required to do six months worth of intense daily workouts to get his body into superhero shape.
“I’ve learned you can’t rush it. I’ve learned that it takes time,” he said.
“So, we have six months from when I finish (Broadway’s The Music Man) to when I started filming. And I’m not doing any other work. I’m going to be with my family and train. That’s going to be my job for six months.
“And I’m really fit right now. There’s one thing about doing eight shows a week being on Broadway singing and dancing, is I’m fit. So, I’m healthy. I have a good place to start.”
Hugh Jackman working out with weights. Credit: Instagram/Hugh Jackman
Before he made his transition from Broadway back into Wolverine shape, Jackman told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show he was burning 1500 calories eight times a week.
“I wore a heart rate monitor (for Broadway) because my trainer said, ‘I need to know what I’m working with here, because I’m trying to bulk you up’,” he said earlier this year.
‘Eating and training’
“I burned 1,500 calories in the show, eight times a week. So she goes: ‘Oh, you gotta eat.’ So I was eating 4500 calories a day, it was not pretty. Now I’m just eating and training.”
Indeed, photos on Instagram show the hard work Jackman puts into sculpting his physique for Wolverine.
Snaps show him working out with weights, running on a treadmill and taking a dip in the ocean.
“Sleep, train, eat, recover, repeat. Becoming Wolverine,” he posted in March.
In June, Jackman hinted he almost gave into temptations after his family baked cupcakes. But he stayed on track with his healthy bowl of quinoa, vegetables and protein. Credit: Hugh Jackman
In June, Jackman hinted he almost gave into temptations after his family baked cupcakes and cakes with sprinkles and chocolate fudge
The actor shared a picture showing the sweet baked goods next to his “healthy” bowl of quinoa, vegetable and chicken.
“The awesome smells of our home bakery – versus my will to stay on track,” he said, along with an angry face emoji.
In July 2023, Jackman shared pictures of the “cheat” meals he consumed in a single week, which consisted of a traditional roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding, a cheese platter and a variety of desserts.
Hugh Jackman in August 2023 Credit: Instagram/Hugh Jackman
In a post shared on August 21, he posed proudly with his hair coiffed and bushy beard flecked with grey.
“Fresh,” he simply captioned his post – to which fans swooned.
“In my opinion Hugh Jackman is the most handsome man on this planet earth,” one follower declared.
“So handsome! You age so well,” another added.
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