Deborra-Lee Furness and Hubby Hugh Jackman Going Strong After 20 Years of Marriage

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Deborra-Lee Furness and hubby Hugh Jackman are still going strong after 20 years of marriage.

With their 20-year anniversary just around the corner, Jackman, 47, says his marriage to Deborra-Lee, 60, is better than ever.

"It gets better and better, I can honestly say that," he said during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Monday. "She's the greatest thing that ever happened to me."

According to E! News, Jackman noted that since the couple, who have two children together, Oscar, 15, and Ava, 10, met before he became a mega-star, she knew him long before all of hype.

"I'm kind of really grateful that I met her before anything kind of happened," he said. "Everything that's happened in my career and onscreen, offscreen, we've always done it together."

Jackman and Furness became romantically linked during his "first job" on the Australian drama Corelli, but the actor did have some competition for her attention.

"She was the star and I had this major crush on her," he said. "Everyone did. The whole crew had a crush on her and I was so embarrassed by that, I didn't talk to her for about a week."

Jackman conceded that a little nip from the bottle helped give him the courage to make a move on Furness.

"I had a dinner party and I invited her over and about 20 other people," he explained. "And she said, 'What's a matter, have I annoyed you? You're not talking to me anymore. What have I done wrong?' and I said – I'd had a couple – and I said 'oh look, I've got a crush on you, I'll get over it.' And she went, 'Oh really,' " and I was like, 'Oh, this is bad.' And she goes, 'Yeah, I got one on you. too.' And I'm like, 'Oh, great!' So that was it."

"Twenty-one years later," he added with a smile.

Pam Wright