Hugh Jackman has shared a heart-warming tribute to his mum Grace in honour of Mother’s Day.

After mending his once-distant relationship with his mother, the actor posted a photo of the pair on Instagram with the caption, “Happy Mother’s Day to my dear Mum… and to all of you who are celebrating today”.

Hugh is no stranger to sharing snaps of him with his mother online, following the pair’s reconciliation after several years of estrangement.

The actor has spoken openly in the past about the difficult relationship, telling Woman’s Weekly in 2012 that Hugh was just eight years old when his British mother returned to England.

She left him and his four siblings behind with their father, Christopher Jackman, in Sydney, and Hugh admitted it took him years to come to terms with it.

“At the time, it was difficult. One of the main things I remember is that horrible feeling that people were talking about you and looking at you because it was odd for the mother to leave,” he confessed.

“For many years, I thought it was not going to be forever, so I clung on to that. Up until about the age of 12 or 13, I thought Mum and Dad would get back together. Finally realising it wasn’t going to happen was probably the toughest time to be honest.”

Despite leaving so abruptly, Hugh said he “never felt that my mum didn’t love me” and added that he’d “spoken about it at length with her since”.

“I know she was struggling. She was in hospital after I was born suffering from post-natal depression,” he continued.

“And then you add five kids into the mix and the fact she had emigrated from England and there wasn’t a support network for her here, plus the fact that Dad was at work all day – and you realise that as parents we make mistakes.”

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.