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Jackman slams gay rumours

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Jackman denies gay rumours

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have said rumours the star is gay are 'silly' and 'offensive'.

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Hugh Jackman has taken a wrecking ball to rumours that he is gay, after admitting that he is ''frustrated'' by the constant speculation over his sexuality.

The actor told Channel Nine's 60 Minutes on Sunday night that if he was gay, he would not make a secret of it.

''If I was, I would be,'' he told interviewer Tara Brown. ''It's to me not the most interesting thing about a person anyway … I do get frustrated for Deb, 'cause I see Deb go, 'Ah, this is crazy'.''

A man of many guises: <i>The Boy from Oz</i>

A man of many guises: The Boy from Oz Photo: AP

The Wolverine actor, 44, is no stranger to his effeminate side after playing the flamboyantly effete Peter Allen in A Boy From Oz. The role appears to have shaped the actor's image, with some suggesting his marriage of almost 17 years to fellow actor Deborra-Lee Furness, 57, is a ''sham''.

Sitting alongside her husband in the candid interview, Furness dismissed the rumour as a lie.

''It is just wrong, it's like, it's a lie … It's just offensive. If he was gay, fine, he would say he's gay. It has gotten so out of whack … it's stupid, yeah, it's annoying, because it's not true.''

Jackman as <i>The Wolverine</i>.

Jackman as The Wolverine.

She went on to say that playing a psychopath doesn't make an actor a psychopath any more than playing a gay man makes an actor gay.

Jackman, for his part, makes light of the gossip, saying ''it's ridiculous, but whatever'', and even joking that he is gay ''occasionally''.

''Before the coffee, you didn't notice the difference?''

Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Photo: VALERIE MACON

He said that it happens to every actor and that ''on some level it's a compliment, you know, because it only happens when you've got to a certain point in your career.''

As a final word, both Jackman and Furness, who have two children, label the speculation ''silly''.

The 16-minute interview spanned questions about the couple meeting, life on stage and Jackman's meteoric rise from musical theatre to Oscar-winning epic, Les Miserables, in which he stars alongside Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

In February, Jackman opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the issue of his sexuality, saying that the rumours ''bug'' his wife, who blames the internet for their grip.

Spirits get a shake-up to forge sisterhood

There is no doubt about it, the place has a chequered history. But malevolent spirits?

Bauer's newest glossy, Elle magazine, has made the offices of the now-defunct Madison magazine its new home.

Leaving nothing to chance, Elle editor-in-chief Justine Cullen has, according to Bauer insiders, taken an unorthodox approach to moving into her new HQ by calling in the spiritual heavies.

The former Shop Til You Drop editor is believed to have appropriated a shaman's skills to cleanse the space, setting the title up for as zen-like a journey as possible.

Silly rumours or not, it's not hard to understand why the ousted Madison girls are said to be a little put out by the voodoo approach to their old digs. And, we hope we're wrong, but we can't help thinking it'll take more than spiritual healing to overcome the doldrums in the world of glossy magazine sales.

Nevertheless, Cullen may well be on to something.

Former Madison editor Lizzie Renkert has revealed all in a post-Bauer debrief, describing life as editor as ''cut-throat and stressful'' with ''constant budget cuts, never enough staff, pressure from management to do more with fewer and fewer resources''.

In the NewsCorp Australia piece, she said that she ''naively believed hard work and always doing the right thing by the company would prevail'', but was cruelly proved wrong when Madison was ignominiously closed down in April.

Elle's first edition is due out in September and its website goes live in August.

Who'd trust a pollie? A neurosurgeon, on Kokoda, that's who

It is a tale of two Charlies, with the least-trusted Charlie about to lead the most-trusted Charlie on a gruelling adventure.

The Diary is referring to NSW upper house MP Charlie Lynn (pictured), who goes to Papua New Guinea on Wednesday to walk the Kokoda Track with prominent neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and his two daughters.

The Liberal Party pollie joked that Dr Teo had been voted the country's most trusted person in a recent Reader's Digest Australia survey. Politicians were voted the least deserving of the public's trust.

This is the neurosurgeon's second Kokoda trek with Lynn, and Dr Teo says doing the walk is a necessary part of being an Australian.

''Kokoda serves as a cogent reminder of our responsibility to fellow Australians and fellow human beings.

''The track is full of stories that illustrate the sacrifice, courage, endurance and mateship that contributed to the success of the campaign and the freedoms that we enjoy today,'' Dr Teo said in his Australia Day speech last year.

Not a word about trust, though.

ROYAL TRIPS ON A SHOESTRING

The annual review of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall's house has been released. As well as 769 joint and solo official engagements - one of which was the not-too-shabby gig ''attending the world premiere of the 50th anniversary James Bond film Skyfall'' - the couple travelled 93,000 kilometres, including a tour to Australia. Official travel costs were cut from £1.3 million ($2.16 million) to £644,000. For the bean counters - and republicans - out there, the decrease was mainly due to travel costs to Commonwealth countries being covered by the hosts, according to a Clarence House notice. In other news from the House of Windsor, a Daimler used by the Queen on her 1954 tour of Australia is set for a classy spit and polish as motor enthusiasts pull together to raise funds for a renovation. The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is seeking to restore the vehicle to its former splendour and has so far raised about $17,000 out of a target of $60,000 by 2014 to mark 60 years since the royal tour. The Royal Automobile Club of Australia's motoring gala dinner in Sydney on Wednesday night will host a fund-raising event for the museum's royal Daimler conservation project. The museum acquired the 1948 landaulette in 2009 - it was one of six commissioned for the tour which began just months after the Queen's coronation.

MOSS STILL WORKING HIS MAGIC WITH MONEY

Former Macquarie banker Bill Moss has lost none of his knack for networking and turning a dollar - nor for giving away a truckload of his own from his days at the millionaire's factory. For his fourth FSHD Chocolate Ball at the Westin in Sydney on Saturday night, Moss' mate Luke Mangan was pro bono head chef, while Jamie Durie flew in from Kuala Lumpur to be master of ceremonies. FSHD stands for facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, a mysterious but common form of muscular dystrophy characterised by progressive muscle weakness and loss, and of which Moss is a sufferer. He has had the odd angry shot at rich Australians who keep it all to themselves, and Moss kicked in another $100,000 on the night to his own charity, the the FSHD Global Research Foundation, convincing a gang of his friends to part with similar amounts.

MAN TEARS

We note Wallabies captain, James Horwill (pictured) had a little blubber after clinching a 16-15 win against the Lions on Saturday. While the ousted PM stayed dry-eyed throughout the turmoil last week, Kevin Rudd cried when he left office three years ago. Is the red-blooded Australian male leader becoming a little more, ahem, in touch with his emotions?

BECKS' COMB-OVER

And onto matters far more grievous. David Beckham has been photographed with what some suspect may be a comb-over. The picture has appeared in the London Evening Standard with what may or may not be a lighter patch towards the crown. Intriguing - but conclusive evidence it is not.

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