The terms “deadbeat dad” and “absentee father” exist for a reason, so it’s good to here a positive story about a mother abandoning her husband and five children never to return. Like when Hugh Jackman‘s mom left when he was 8, leaving his father to pick up the pieces and raise his children on his own. Hey, look. Here’s a video of Hugh Jackman crying about it.
US Weekly reports:
“I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, 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, Mom was there. And then that was it. I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was, ‘I just need to get away, and I’ll come back.’ Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back.” Jackman was the youngest of five, and his father, Chris, took of the responsibility of his children as a single parent. “My father is a rock. My father is my rock,” he explained. “It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.”
This is a pretty sad story, but it does kinda explain why Hugh Jackman’s wife kinda looks like a replacement mom.