Hugh Jackman cries on TV show remembering mother`s abandonment

Updated: Dec 12, 2012, 20:04 PM IST

Los Angeles: 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.