The actor-singer who used his voice in “The Greatest Showman” and “Les Misérables” is apparently “struggling” after significant life experiences.
According to Radar Online, the Australian actor sought counseling to help him deal with the pain of his father’s death and some childhood trauma that he is still struggling to accept.
According to sources who spoke to the site, he began talking to a therapist to confide in because of difficulties in his profession and because he prioritized his mental health.
Hugh also said that seeing his family torn apart as a child contributed to some of his sufferings. His mother abandoned him and his siblings when his parents divorced when he was only eight.
His sisters moved to the United Kingdom with their mother.
According to a source close to him, the “Wolverine” actor never overcame his abandonment issues.
He has continued to bear that burden, and it has eventually worn him down to the point where he recognizes he requires professional help.
In an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes,” the 54-year-old actor opened up about his grief after his mother died.
“I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye.”
“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.”
Hugh Jackman’s mother, Grace, struggled with “undiagnosed post-natal depression,” allowing them to accept her decision to leave their family only after many years had passed.
Hugh and his brothers refer to Dad as their “best pal” because he raised them.
The “X-Men” star hasn’t been able to fill that void since the same source told Radar Online about how close they were when their mother died.
The actor, who was devastated by his father’s death on September 5, 2021, is determined to honor his father by living life to the fullest.
Another source stated that Hugh’s father was by his side at all times. The insider said:
“He was floundering and is still battling to remain on track – but the therapy’s been a lifeline for him.”