FORGIVENESS: Hollywood Actor Hugh Jackman Hugs The Mother Who Abandoned Him As A Child

Forgiveness is a strong quality: the famous actor forgives his mother for abandoning him when he was only eight years old.

Hugh Jackman’s mother, Grace McNeil, left her family in Australia when he was eight years old and moved to the United Kingdom. The absence of his mother has been described as “traumatic” by Jackman, who is now 52 years old.

However, according to the Daily Mail, it appears that time heals all wounds.

The famous actor recently shared a sweet snapshot of himself and his mother on his official Instagram account, in which the two of them grin at each other. The caption for the shot was the simple but meaningful word “Mum.”

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The actor’s followers flocked to the comments section to express their respect for both the actor and his mother. “Ma’am, you have raised a gentleman,” one of his Instagram followers said. “Actually, his father raised him,” another person corrected them.

McNeil didn’t even say goodbye to her son when she left her family.
In a 2018 interview with Who Magazine, Jackman admitted that his mother abandoning him as a child was “traumatic.”

In a 2018 interview with Who Magazine, Jackman admitted that his mother abandoning him as a child was “traumatic.”

“It was a horrific experience.” She was most likely going to return, I reasoned. “And then it just went on and on.”

Hugh and his brothers Ralph and Ian were reared by his father Christopher Jackman in Sydney, while his sisters Zoe and Sonya went to live with Grace in the United Kingdom.

The prominent Hollywood personality revealed in a 2012 interview with 60 Minutes that he still remembers “the morning she departed” in a 2012 interview.

“I recall her saying farewell with a towel wrapped around her head.” It had to be the way she said her goodbyes. When I returned home after going to school, there was no one in the house.

A message from England arrived the next day. Mum was present. And that was the end of it. Every night, Dad prayed that Mum would return.”

Despite their tumultuous relationship, the actor insists he never thought his mother didn’t love him.

In another interview with Women’s Weekly Australia, the actor said:

“The one thing I never felt – and this may seem crazy – was that my mother didn’t love me. I’ve talked to her about it a lot since then, and I know she was having trouble. After I was born, she was admitted to the hospital with post-natal depression. There was no one here who could help her.”

Hugh and Grace’s relationship is, thankfully, blossoming these days. In an interview with The Sun in 2011, he said:

“We have unquestionably reached an agreement, which is critical. My mother and I had always had a strong bond. With her, I have a good relationship.”


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