Hugh Jackman made a startling revelation that surprised many regarding his bitter childhood during an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly. The 44-year-old actor shared his story of being abandoned by his mother, Grace Watson, when he was still only 8 years old.

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“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,” Jackman said. “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,” he added.

Hugh Jackman was 12 or 13 years old when it dawned on him that his mother would never return home. When his parents divorced, his sisters, Zoe and Sonia, lived with their mother in England while he and his brothers, Ralph and Ian, stayed with their father, Chris, in Sydney, Australia.

The Wolverine star said he has long since forgiven his mother when he became a parent himself and discovered that she was battling depression and “struggling.”

Hugh has two children, Oscar (12), and Ava (7), with Deborra-Lee Furness. “She was in a hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression. There wasn’t a support network for her here,” he said. “I think having kids of your own just adds another level of empathy and understanding.”