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OTRC: Hugh Jackman's wife opens up about her weight and husband's sexual orientation

Hugh Jackman and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, arrive before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Hugh Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness has stood up for her husband again, calling rumors of his sexual orientation "tragic."

"The line I heard was, 'Wolverine? Who would have thought?'" Furness told Page Six of the rumors. "Hugh and I don't pay much heed. It's kind of tragic that these people have nothing better to do than gossip about people they don't know."

Jackman and Furness, married in 1996 and adopted two children, Oscar and Ava Eliot, 6.

Furness has not only had to deal with talk of her husband's sexuality, she has also endured gossip regarding her weight.

"Heaven forbid I have a human experience and carry a little weight," she said, adding that her husband of 15 years "is much more mature than me, so we balance each other out... I was always saying I'd marry someone sensible, like a stockbroker. So he dresses up for that fantasy for me occasionally."

Jackman is currently starring in his own musical, "Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway" and told NPR that he has been losing three to four pounds a night. During the show, the actor shares stories from his childhood, personal life and career.

Furness joked that she sometimes worries about being pummeled by her husband's fans, who she calls "Hughophiles."

"Literally, they will push you out of the way," she said. "Hi, I'm chopped liver. How do you do?"

Jackman recently told OnTheRedCarpet.com that during a screening for his film, "Real Steel," he forgot to explain the dynamics of on-screen love interests to his 11-year-old son Oscar.

"I forgot to tell my boy that he was about to see his dad kiss another woman and explain that experience because it was the first movie of mine that they've been to," the 43-year-old actor recently told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith at the film's Los Angeles premiere. "So literally, the scene came on and I was like, 'Oh no' and I said, 'Deb, Deb, Deb' and she was like 'Oh right.' so she's looking and Oscar just looks straight up and he goes, 'Wow, Dad, you're going to be in trouble.'"

Jackman recently promoted the film with an appearance on "WWE's Monday Night Raw," where he punched a wrestler in the face.

In February, the actor said he was eating 6,000 calories a day to get back in character for an upcoming "Wolverine" film.

Jackman had undergone an intense diet to bulk up so he could play the beefy Marvel Comics mutant in the 2009 movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," an "X-Men" movie spin-off. The actor, who is about 6-feet-2-inches tall said he has restarted the plan, which consisted of consuming entire chickens.

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