Hugh Jackman, 54, has announced that he started attending therapy sessions to get over the pain he was through in the past when his mother abandoned him as a child.

'I just started it recently. It's helped me a lot... We all need a village' Jackman told WHO Magazine.

'You need a friend you can unload everything. [Also] having someone really smart, who's a little a bit removed from your world can be really helpful.'

Source: Daily Mail

According to Jackman, the main reason for beginning the treatment is to make peace with his past and to learn to communicate better with his family.

Source: Daily Mail

'Understanding my past and how it's informing my thinking unconsciously - getting to really understand some of the patterns that I was unconsciously just repeating. And, most importantly, helping me to be more relational with the people I love in my life, and really understanding and living in their shoes and being clear to be able to see them,' the actor shared.

In fact, not everybody knows what the Greatest Showman star has gone through. Jackman was just eight years old when his mother Grace abandoned her family in Australia and moved back to England.

Source: Daily Mail

According to Hugh his mother leaving him as a child was 'traumatic' experience.

Having divorced from her husband Christopher Jackman, she left Australia and returned to her native Great Britain in the late '70s.

His mother Grace took two Hugh's sisters, Zoe and Sonya, with her, while Hugh and his brothers, Ian and Ralph, stayed in Sydney with their father. After his mother left the family, he saw her about 'once a year.'

Source: Daily Mail

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'It was traumatic,' Hugh said, recalling his loss. 'I thought she was probably going to come back." However, at about twelve years old Hugh realized that his mom would never return.

Fortunately, Hugh and his mother reconciled years later. Now the mother and son have a good relationship.

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Source: Daily Mail

Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness, now 67, since 1996, whom he met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli. The couple have two adopted children Oscar, 22, and Ava, 17. 

Source: Daily Mail

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