Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness have hit out at the "stupid" and "offensive" rumours that the Wolverine star is gay.
In an interview with the Nine Network's 60 Minutes, Jackman said he finds the persistent gossip "frustrating", especially for his wife of 17 years.
"If I was [gay], I would be," Jackman told the program in a candid 16-minute interview last night.
"It's to me not the most interesting thing about a person anyway, but I do get frustrated for Deb, because I see Deb go 'Ah, this is crazy'."
Jackman's hit stage performance as Peter Allen in A Boy from Oz a decade ago appears to have shaped the Australian actor's image and raised speculation that the marriage between Jackman, 44, and Furness, 57, was a "sham."
''It is just wrong, it's like, it's a lie," said Furness, sitting alongside her husband.
"It's just offensive. If he was gay, fine, he would say he's gay. It has gotten so out of whack … it's stupid, yeah, it's annoying, because it's not true."
Furness added that playing a psychopath does not make an actor a psychopath any more than playing a gay man makes an actor gay.
Jackman first opened up about the sexuality rumours in February to The Hollywood Reporter , saying that the gossip ''bugs'' his wife.
He and Furness have two adopted children together and divide their time between New York and Sydney.
Source: 60 Minutes.
Author: Erin Tennant.