HUGH JACKMAN broke down while recalling how his mom abandoned them while he was 8, in an intimate “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday.

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Hugh Jackman‘s interview on Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes” in promotion of his new musical film, “Les Miserables,”–in which he showcases his Broadway vocal prowess–surprisingly became very emotional.

The usually beefed-up and tough-looking actor is seen tearing up while talking about how he and a few of his older siblings were single-handedly raised by their father in Sydney when their mother walked out on them when he just was 8.

Jackman started by calmly recalling to Scott Pelley:

“I can remember the morning she left. It’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye.”

He continued:

“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.”

The actor added:

“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.”

He admitted that his father “used to pray every night that Mom would come back” but when she didn’t, he didn’t hesitate to raise them the best he could even without a standing wife.

And when asked what his dad taught him about the entire ordeal, Jackman responded:

“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…. It’s always about the family.”

Tearfully, he continued:

“It’s always, ‘How’s Deb?’ It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with probably some of his regrets. And feelings of maybe he at the wrong time put too much in his career. And he doesn’t want me to make me that mistake. In his gentle way, he always reminds me this is the most important thing.”

Watch a portion of the emotional interview HERE.

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