Relationship experts give advice on dating after heartbreak

I’m a relationship expert and this is the ideal time to wait before you start dating again after divorce like Hugh Jackman

  • Two relationship experts dish advice to new singletons like Hugh Jackman
  • READ MORE: Hugh Jackman SPLITS with wife Deborra-Lee Furness 

Hollywood hunk and new bachelor Hugh Jackman may be feeling like a fish out of water after jumping back into the dating scene for the first time in 27 years – but according to insiders, he’s ready to find love again.

After nearly three decades of marital bliss together the Aussie megastar, 54, and ex longtime sweetheart Deborra-Lee Furness, 67, announced their decision to split, to the shock of many fans around the world.

And while many would assume the next phase of such a grand decoupling would  include typical Hollywood mud-slinging, the split is said to be ‘amicable’ with the pair remaining firm friends.

With the couple revealing their split just one month ago, some fans may question whether it’s too soon for Hugh to be back in the dating pool.

However, relationship psychologist Limor Gottlieb, of Brunel University, London, told FEMAIL that dating after divorce moves at different paces for different people and there is ‘no one-size-fits-all approach’.

While reports indicate that Hollywood hunk Hugh Jackman, 54, is on the hunt for new love, experts reveal how long you should wait to date after a divorce

She explained: ‘The ideal waiting period to date after divorce varies and is very personal. While some studies suggest waiting a year or more to ensure emotional healing and readiness, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. 

‘Factors such as personal emotional resilience and attachment styles all play a role. But ultimately, there is no fixed waiting period.

‘The key is to prioritise one’s own emotional well-being and readiness for a new relationship rather than adhering to a specific timeline’.

But if you’re fresh out of a heartbreak like Hugh, the expert advised it’s best to be honest with yourself and take the time to heal if you need it, in order to inspire ‘confidence’ when you do begin to date again.  

After nearly three decades of marital bliss together the Aussie megastar, 54, and ex longtime sweetheart Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured), 67, announced their decision to split, to the shock of many fans around the world

Our expert advised new singletons like Hugh and Deborra to heal from their previous marriage before diving into the dating pool

She also emphasised the importance of ‘self-awareness and emotional readiness’ before joining the dating world, as well as treading delicately if young children are involved.

She continued: ‘My advice is take time to heal from your previous marriage before diving into the dating pool to ensure you’re emotionally ready.

‘Also be mindful of your children if applicable. Children need time to adjust to the divorce before facing the introduction of someone new.’ 

Hugh and Deborra-Lee, 67, shocked their fans last month when they announced they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage. 

‘We have been blessed to share almost three decades together in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth,’ the couple said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. 

‘Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition.’

They signed the statement as ‘Deb and Hugh Jackman,’ adding: ‘This is the sole statement either of us will make.’

The Australian couple share two children together; Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18.

Last April, the pair celebrated their anniversary and Jackman had posted a gushing tribute to his wife on Instagram.

‘I love you Deb. Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years! I love you so much,’ the Wolverine star wrote in his caption.

‘Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humour, cheekiness, courage, and loyalty is an incredible gift to me. I love you with all my heart,’ he shared in the heartfelt post.

While he is undoubtedly more well known than his wife, Deborra-Lee had already shot 20 movies by the time she and Jackman met while costarring as a prison psychologist and a brain-damaged convict in ABC TV’s 10-episode series Correlli in 1995.

Deborra-Lee most recently played Jill Bailey alongside Eric Bana in Robert Connolly’s sequel Force of Nature: The Dry 2, which was released in Australian and New Zealand theaters on August 24.

In February, Hugh told Smooth Radio: ‘I think honesty and intimacy and making time [are the secret to a long and happy marriage]. You can’t just assume that things will just tick along okay. You have to make time.’

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