Hugh Jackman forgives his mom for abandoning family

Hugh Jackman arrives at the Fight Cancer Foundation's Hugh Jackman arrives at the Fight Cancer Foundation's 20th Annual Red Ball in Melbourne, Australia. (Oct. 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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"X-Men" trilogy star Hugh Jackman, who has spoken about his mother abandoning the family when he was 8, says in a new interview that he has forgiven her.

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"The thing I never felt -- and I know this might sound strange -- I never felt that my mum didn't love me," Jackman, 44, told the magazine The Australian Women's Weekly. "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 postnatal depression. There wasn't a support network for her here."

Jackman, who stars in next year's X-Men spinoff "The Wolverine," said that after he and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, became parents -- they have a son Oscar, 12, and daughter Ava, 7 -- he forgave his mother, Grace. "There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life," Jackman said. "You can't go through life obsessing about what might have been."

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