The youngest of five children, Hugh was raised in Sydney, Australia. When he was 8 years old, his mother unexpectedly walked out on the family and returned to her home country, England. Hugh can recall saying goodbye to her before school and returning to an empty house. "When I got home, I knew that Mom had left," he says. "I just had a funny feeling in the house."
Today, Hugh says he's forgiven his mother, and they have a good relationship. "She had very severe postnatal depression after I was born that played into it. I think sometimes life gets to be too much for people."