Hugh Jackman defends his friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: ‘We don't talk politics'

At his 50th birthday party, the presence of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner caused fans to call out the star on social media with some disappointed in his choice of friends


                            Hugh Jackman defends his friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: ‘We don't talk politics'

Hugh Jackman's 50th birthday party made news for all the wrong reasons. The star's guest list caused quite a stir when people noticed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were invited to the birthday bash. 

ABC News reports that Jackman jumped to the defense of his "longtime friends" when he appeared on the talk show 'The View' on Tuesday. Speaking about the friendship and how he's known the couple for 15 years, he said, “People question, ‘Really?’ And I’m kinda like, 'OK, let’s say your friends of 15 years’ father became president. Whether you agree with the politics or not, do you just dump your friends?”. “I’m like, 'no, no you don’t.' I don’t understand that.”

The star continued, talking about Ivanka's kindness when she took the effort to write his late mother-in-law a handwritten letter in honor of her winning the Order of Australia medal for her charity work. “They’ve always been so kind and generous,” he added.

Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman and Ivanka Trump attend the 9th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' benefit at Cipriani, Wall Street on October 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman and Ivanka Trump attend the 9th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' benefit at Cipriani, Wall Street on October 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Before his appearance on 'The View', the 'Wolverine' star also spoke to Howard Stern about why he chose to remain friends with the controversial couple, reports ET Online.

He said, “I do value loyalty. They’ve been unbelievably loyal to me. They’re good peoplesome disappointedand I would hate to think that at 50 years of age, [I] can’t say to people these are my friends and I’m not gonna dump them."  Referring to their possible contrasts in opinion he added,  “Even if I disagree with some of the stuff people do – all of us have friends we disagree with the stuff they do.”

On seeing Ivanka and Jared at Hugh's birthday party, fans took to Twitter to share their disappointment with Hugh and his choice of friends.



 



 

Jackman also told Variety, that his friendship with the couple was in no way an indication of his political views. He said, “I’ve known those guys for 15 years and we don’t talk politics at birthday parties.”

Jackman appeared on 'The View' with the director of his upcoming film 'The Front Runner', Jason Reitman.  The film tells the story of a scandal that overturned Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988.

Reitman told 'The View' that the film had strong parallels with today's political climate and was also a means to navigate and understand the contemporary political situation, “We’re all trying to figure out how the hell we got here and I can’t help but look at the story and see the kind of seeds, the threads that you pull on to get us here,” he said.