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Meet Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman's two beautiful children, who they fought so hard to have

''I don't think of them as adopted – they're our children.''

By Bella Brennan
Hugh Jackman, 51, and Deborra-Lee Furness, 64, are one of Australia's most successful A-list couples, both personally and professionally.
The talented husband and wife duo boast successful careers in their own right and have been married for 24 years.
But behind their seemingly picture-perfect lives, the couple struggled to start a family with Deb going through several miscarriages and failed rounds of IVF.
"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. It's almost secretive," Hugh explained of their heartbreaking fertility journey during an appearance on the Katie Couric talk show in 2012.
"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," he added.
While the couple always wanted to adopt, they fast-tracked their plans after realising they wouldn't be able to conceive naturally. They initially started to look at adopting within Australia but were forced to move their search to America as a result of complicated local adoption laws.
They are now the proud parents to 15-year-old daughter, Ava Eliot Jackman, and 20-year-old son, Oscar Maximilian Jackman.
"I don't think of them as adopted – they're our children. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn't the way we were meant to have children," the Wolverine star told the Herald Sun of his family unit.
"Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone's in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it's something we feel very deeply."
After going through the arduous adoption process herself, Deb was inspired to use her platform to raise awareness and become an adoption advocate, campaigning to change international adoption laws to make it easier for loving families to welcome in-need children into their homes.
"I can't think of anything more important than ensuring that every child in this world has at least one person who has their best interests at heart, someone who cares about them so they know they are loved and valued," the actress explained in an impassioned essay for The Australian Women's Weekly in 2011.
She continued: "Every child deserves to be educated and nurtured so they can grow in a positive way and be able to eventually become a happy and contributing member of their community."
Keep scrolling as we take a look at the Jackman family album!

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