He is one of the most beloved celebrities in the industry. Handsome, talented, and just an overall nice guy. And that’s exactly why people can’t understand, nor condone, Hugh Jackman’s friendship with Ivanka Trump.
In an interview with Variety about his role in the political drama The Front Runner, the 50-year-old star discussed the fact that his longtime friends Ivanka and her husband Jared were at his recent birthday party.
“I’ve known those guys for 15 years,” he responded. “And we don’t talk politics at birthday parties.”
Hugh Jackman’s friendship with Ivanka Trump apparently goes way back. The two met year ago through mutual friend Wendi Deng, the former wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Jackman and Trump have consistently appeared at a handful of the same parties, premieres, and product launches ever since. Hugh even refer to Ivanka in a 2015 tweet as a “lovely friend.”
And though the Aussie tried to make it clear that his longstanding friendship with the First Daughter is not a reflection of his political values—which, mind you, he’s never been to outspoken about—, people on the internet are being very critical of him.
“Wolverine would smell those two for the slime they are,” a Twitter user commented. “Imagine having this amount of privilege and an in with key ‘political advisors’ and not using it for good because it might ruin your birthday party,” someone else pointed out.
So careful, Hugh Jackman. There may be a million reasons why we love you, but when it comes to the Trump, we’re fully at a point when you’re just cancelled by association. Just ask Kanye!