Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has said he isn’t gay.

The 40-year-old, whose latest movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine is in UK cinemas next week, told Parade magazine:

“I’d be happy to go and deny being gay, because I’m not.

“But by denying it, I’m saying there is something shameful about it, and there isn’t anything shameful.

“The questions about sexuality I find more in America than anywhere else, because it’s a big hang-up and defines what people think about themselves and others.

“It’s not a big issue in Australia.”

Mr Jackman, who hosted this year’s Oscars ceremony, won acclaim for his stage portrayal of fellow Australian, gay songwriter and singer Peter Allen, in The Boy From Oz.