Hugh Jackman cries on TV show remembering mother's abandonment

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman broke down in tears on a recent TV interview while recalling how his mother abandoned his family when he was 8 years old.

In an emotional interview with 60 Minutes Sunday, the 'Les Miserables' actor, 44, opened up about his mother, Grace, moving across the world from Australia to England, reported Us magazine.

"I can remember the morning she left, it's weird the things you pick up," Jackman 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. It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what," he said.

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