Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong: The famous actor forgives his mother for abandoning him when he was just a kid, at the age of 8.
Hugh Jackman’s mother, Grace McNeil, left her family in Australia and returned to the UK when the actor was only 8-years-old. Jackman, now 52, has previously referred to his mother’s absence as “traumatic.”
However, as Daily Mail reports, it seems that time really does heal all wounds.
Recently, the famous actor posted an endearing photo on his official Instagram profile with his arm around his mother as the two of them smile at each other. The photo was captioned with the simple, but the powerful word “Mum.” The actor’s fans rushed to express their admiration in the comments for both the actor and his mother. But when one of his Instagram followers commented: “Ma’am, you have raised a gentleman. My respects to you both,” another one corrected them: “Actually his father raised him.”
When McNeil left her family, she didn’t even say goodbye to her son.
In an interview with Who Magazine in 2018, Jackman confessed his mother abandoning him as a child was a “traumatic” experience.
“It was traumatic. I thought she was probably going to come back. And then it sort of dragged on and on.”
While his father Christopher Jackman raised Hugh and his brothers, Ralph and Ian in Sydney, his sisters, named Zoe and Sonya, went to live with Grace in the UK.
In a 2012 interview with 60 Minutes, the famous Hollywood celebrity shared he still remembers “the morning she left.”
“I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye. [It] must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house.
The next day there was a telegram from England. Mum was there. And then that was it. Dad used to pray every night that mum would come back.”
Even though they had a troubled past, the actor claims he never felt his mother didn’t love him.
Speaking with Women’s Weekly Australia on another occasion, the actor 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. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression. There wasn’t a support network for her here.”
Fortunately, nowadays, Hugh and Grace’s relationship is blooming. Back in 2011, in an interview for The Sun, he said:
“We have definitely made our peace, which is important. I was always quite connected with my mum. I have a good relationship with her.”