Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer separate after nine years of marriage

Oooh, this is a decent scandal that is not wholly unexpected. I mean, I was kind of shocked when I read this headline, and yet it made some kind of sense to me. Russell Crowe and his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer, have separated. They have two sons together, Charles and Tennyson. Right now, the explanation given for the split is his schedule – he’s been working a lot lately, and he has even more films to come. But is it ever that simple? Put another way: do you buy that Russell Crowe – with his sometimes sordid romantic history – would split up with his wife because he was working too much?

Gladiator actor Russell Crowe and his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer, have separated, according to a report in Sydney today. The 48-year-old Oscar-winning actor and his 43-year-old singer wife have gone their separate ways, with Crowe turning his undivided attention to his acting career after the split, said the report.

The couple, who have two children – Charles and Tennyson, aged eight and six – have parted on friendly terms, the children remaining with Miss Spencer while her now-estranged husband continues filming the biblical epic Noah in the US.

The report has come as a shock to showbusiness circles in Australia because the couple were regarded as a having a strong marriage despite the demands of their careers, with New Zealand-born Crowe in constant demand for film roles while his wife, whose mother is English, has managed caring for the children as well as singing and appearing on Australian TV.

They were married in a chapel on Crowe’s farm in the hamlet of Nana Glen, in northern New South Wales, in 2003, following which they lived in a penthouse on the shores of Sydney harbour before moving into a £6 million mansion in the posh harbourside suburb of Rose Bay.

The Sydney Morning Herald, which broke the news of the split today, said Miss Spencer was the quiet, unassuming woman who tamed the Gladiator with her calm and steady nature. She once said of her husband’s fame and fortune that ‘all that stuff has nothing to do with me as a person.’

Despite the general belief that they were a strongly-bonded couple, some critics were surprised to note that Miss Spencer had been photographed on a night out with Damian Whitewood, her dance partner in a tv show, Dancing With the Stars, a few months ago. Crowe made a big point of dismissing rumours about their relationship later when he gave his wife a lingering kiss in front of the cameras at Sydney airport.

But the demands of his acting career have kept him away from Miss Spencer for much of this year. He has also missed most of the games of the Sydney rugby league club in which he has a financial interest and has left his wife to care for their children. He has six films coming out in the next 12 months – Man with the Iron Fist, Les Miserables, Broken City, Superman, Noah and the Winter’s Tale.

The couple met 22 years ago on the set of the movie The Crossing, but before developing his relationship with Miss Spencer he had a much publicised romance with Meg Ryan. He said of Miss Spencer after their marriage that the thought of marrying her had crossed his mind the first time he had met her. Miss Spencer was careful with her words when her husband was involved in a phone-throwing incident in a New York hotel seven years ago after he was unable to get through to her.

‘I’m not condoning his behaviour,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to make excuses for him because I’m certainly not. But I do understand when you’re apart that the loneliness kicks in.’

[From The Mail]

If you go to that Daily Mail link, you can see the photos of Danielle with that dude Damian Whitewood – it does look like there could be something shady going on. Would Rusty’s wife cheat on him? Hm. Would he cheat on her? Hm. I really don’t know – my feeling right now is that there’s more to this than just a scheduling issue. But here’s an interesting question: what does a single-and-ready-to-mingle Russell Crowe look like these days? Who would Russell make a play for at this point? He likes blondes, if that makes a difference. Who is available and blonde these days?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. Melissa says:

    what??? I know he can be a douche but I love him.

    • LadyJane says:

      She is one of those super skinny, scraggly-haired blondes that look much better in jeans and boots – but can’t pull off the red carpet without looking like a small town tramp with an eating disorder. Fair-play to her for putting up with Crowe for 9 years – hope the split is amicable for their sons’ sake.

      • Bec says:

        Being an Aussie my self, this is quite devastating because we all love our Russel.
        But ur right on about Daniel. She is what we all call a “westie”. Not sure of ur equivilant word in US, though its sort of like “trailer trash” -though not as bad.
        We were all more shocked that he even married her. Him being larger than life and she being the insipid surfie chick westie that she is.
        In fact we all felt she pulled his ‘super’ status down.
        I also believe he truly loved her and will be quite devastated over this.

      • TG says:

        @LadyJane – Your comment is so funny and so true. I went to the county fair this summer, something I haven’t done in years and that is exactly the type of women I saw super blonde, overly tanned and skinny women. It was so weird because I live in the DC area and never see that type of woman so I wondered where they came from at this fair.

      • Ginger says:

        @Bec how fascinating to get the Aussie point of view so thanks! I love Australian slang it’s so interesting.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        Excellently descriptive and humorous Celebitchy should hire you :)

      • Elizabeth says:

        “small town tramp with an eating disorder” : LOL. But really I don’t know much about the wife.

        Considering the age of his kids, I’m not so surprised. If someone (like Russel) isn’t really that into being married and prefers the single douchy life, then he may get pressured into a marriage but is less likely to feel a need to stay when the kids get out of diapers/ into school. I see it all the time. Maybe Russel never stopped looking over his shoulder for greener pastures. Too bad for the kids though.

      • oivey says:

        I’m an Aussie…I think he’s a gigantic douche bag. I’m not entirely surprised, he never really seemed all that into her and if I remember rightly, their marriage came not long after the whole Meg Ryan thing. By not long I mean almost immediately.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        I just love how Aussies claim the Kiwis lol.

        ‘Our Russell’ lol.

        Ahh well, you guys can keep him. Thankfully you can’t claim the very talented Peter Jackson :) .

      • Christina says:

        Agree.

        Danielle is a very good-looking woman but her thinness is making her look harsh and older than her years.

      • The Wizz says:

        As an Aussie too, I can confirm Bec’s comments. There were all sorts of rumours about Dannielle and her dance partner during Dancing with the Stars and I definately would think that it would be her doing the cheating rather than Rusty.

      • Bec says:

        @camiille. It’s not me that claims him, he himself said – and I quote “god save the queen, god defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia”.
        He may have been born in Aukland though he grew up in Australia and declares it his home.
        If we are going to have a who owns who match – the names Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett should be worrying u about now.
        Shall I go on?

      • alons-y alonso says:

        @Bec I have to disagree with you. As a fellow Aussie I’m not really surprised. I also happen to be a Westie and I am nothing like the stereotype dictates thank you very much. I really don’t get the point you were trying to make with that.

      • jamie says:

        Wowza. That comment was pure bitchness but completely DEAD-ON, lol.

      • Shoe_lover says:

        Bec,

        I am an Aussie too and a few points

        1) Russell is a Kiwi not an Aussie
        2) Who is this “we” you refer to because no on I know is devastated, no one I know loves him, no one I know was shocked he married her (more shocked she would marry him) and no one I know feels she “pulled his super status down”, he did that all on his own by acting like a spoilt prima donna and throwing phones at people.
        3) Just because she is quiet and reserved does not make her insipid. Perhaps I have a soft spot for her because she is Don Spencer’s daughter but I just think you were rather rude calling her an insipid westie which according to you is like trailer trash

        True I’m not a Russell fan. I don’t deny he has talent but I think his attitude stinks so therefore I have no time for him

      • Aotearovian says:

        @Bec: “If we are going to have a who owns who match – the names Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett should be worrying u about now.
        Shall I go on?”

        NZer here, and not sure what you’re getting at – is there some doubt about their Australian heritage?

      • Bec says:

        @alonsy Alonso. That’s because ur a westie (self appointed).
        Westies don’t get westies cause they are westies. Though if u need an analogy – kath & Kim – spring to mind.
        @shoelover – did not mean to rope u in on my (and all whom i speak with) admiration for RC. We (not u) think he is an incredibly intelligent and sensitive guy. Im mighty proud to claim him.
        @aotearovian – I think u may have missed a post that I replied to. U will get it when u read it.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        @Aotearovian: I agree. As far as I know those 2 are ‘true blue’ Aussies. I think that person is just trolling or something…

        And Australia can keep RC. We don’t want him back.
        Oh, and I’m not ‘worried’, what a ridiculous statement lol.

      • Lady_Luck says:

        @Bec
        Aussie ex-pat here, formerly from Melbourne, now living in Europe for the last 8 years. However grew up during the “russell” years in Australia. And in this case have to agree wholeheartedly with everything Shoe_Lover said:

        a.) he’s not aussie
        b.) most aussies I know think he’s a phone-throwing, arrogant douche
        c.) there is a facebook page called the “russell crow” that completely takes the mick out of him on every status – worth a look, as that’s the ‘true’ representation of what Aussies really think of him, rather than Bec’s distorted illusion of him being some kind of hero, or aussie icon – when he is very far from it.
        d.) be careful when you use the word “we” as aussies – as your opinion (clearly) does not speak for all aussies
        e.) danielle: never had much of an opinion on her, thought she was quiet, calm and harmless, but total respect for putting up with one of the biggest douches in showbiz for a whopping 9 years.
        f.) Even though not originating from nsw, I’m well aware of the “westies” insinuation as people from low-class backgrounds and being a bit rough around the edges. However I think it’s even more lower class to stereotype and pretend you speak for an entire nation.

        That is all.

      • Charlotte says:

        Hugh Jackman is British born, but doesn’t push the issue as he doesn’t mind being claimed by Australia. Also, anyway who claims to speak for an entire country has an extreme ego.

      • Bec says:

        Umm. Expatriate for 8 years!! in touch with Australians attitude of today!!??
        And besides Melbourne attitude towards anything Aussie doesn’t count.
        Just saying

      • geekychick says:

        Vow. Even I can remember all the stories how he cheated on her, and how that infamous assault was because the hotel clerk connected her phone call to him, in the middle of the night, and someone other than Crowe answered.
        The consensus was that he has a wandering eye, non? I mean, don’t tell me none remembers that the story with meg Ryan was : “he realized how much he loved Danielle and went BACK to her”.
        IDK, I thought this was a non-story: after years of marriage, wife gets tired of duochey husband.

      • Lady_Luck says:

        @ Bec
        after stereotyping all your fellow westies and claiming you speak for all aussies (when you don’t) you’re now going to now throw in the whole Sydney vs Melbourne argument at me? It just shows how small-minded you actually are. The case speaks for itself.

        Russell was at the height of his fame during the Gladiator years. I was home then. Even then he was a controversial character – love or hate – but most people were certainly aware of his notorious temper and lack of charm.

        I couldn’t give a toss about whether he’s kiwi or claims to be an aussie or thinks he’s an aussie but is actually kiwi..or whatever…all becomes irrelevant. Whether he’s kiwi or aussie, evidently most of the kiwis or aussies would rather send him back to the other port. But the one thing “most” of us – aussies AND kiwis(take note bec) agree on is that he is douche. 100% douche born in doucheland.

      • yoyo says:

        hahahaha: “small town tramp with an eating disorder” good one-lol

      • Vesper says:

        It’s funny how many thin women in the public eye are labelled as having an eating disorder.

        In these pics, particularly the third one it is very evident that Danielle does not have an eating disorder.

        Guess what ladies, there are some of us who take the time to eat healthy and stay in shape. Size 14 is only the norm in the US where obesity is celebrated.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        @Lady_Luck: Excellent comments! ITAWY.

    • Shoe_lover says:

      deleted comment- replied in wrong spot

      • midnightmoon says:

        ummm. obesity is certainly NOT celebrated in the usofa. i have been overweight and obese since college (now finding out gluten has been the problem, so i’m a-fixin’ it at age 55, after 3 decades of horrific suffering and 10s of thousands of dollars of doctor bills), and i can vouch for the fact that skinniness is still the norm in terms of what people’s ideal is, and that anyone over a size zero gets crap. look at the uproar over the girl in the hunger games (jennifer ??), who is accused of being fat.

        so, please do NOT generalize, and please do NOT shame thin women OR fat women, or any size in-between. i think it better to pay attention to whether a person is healthy or not, and if they are not, then gentle encouragement works way better than an anvil over the head.

        i spent three days with my mom, who is whippet thin. i take after my dad, his Swiss heritage. i am willing to do ANYTHING to heal the horrific joint pain i’ve been suffering from. after two weeks of changing my diet for the umpteenth time, with my husband’s support, i have lost only 5 pounds, but look 30 pounds lighter because the swelling is disappearing. my mom sees the changes, but she STILL accuses me of having ‘no discipline’ because i went with her and my dad and my husband to a local restaurant and ate, HORRORS! an actual MEAL. i can’t ever win with her. i never will. i get it. i can only do this for ME. and i am doing it.

        and in six months, i shall be a totally different person, and all the damn rabbit food will have been worth it.

        and any judgement from anyone else can just take itself out with the trash, because NO ONE KNOWS WHAT I HAVE DONE, what i have been through, and what i shall do, except me.

        /rant.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        @midnightmoon: Damn. Parents can be vicious when they’re expressing ‘concern’, my mother’s term for it is ‘encouragement’. For the most part, her complaints haven’t been about weight, but promise me, that doesn’t mean she lets me breeze by in a state in perpetual blithe grace–so that leaves everything else. She’s only recently called off the dogs where my height is concerned (I have two sisters who are half a foot taller than me) if we take one example of her attitude towards my looks. It’s too damned late in the day to rattle off a greatest hits, so let’s migrate to Papa-Ville and find out what he said when he ran into me after having not seen me in almost eleven years. ‘What did you gain all that weight for?’ I have revealed the shame of a nation on this thread, for you see, Friends, Neurotics and Self-Flagellants, I–*sniff, sniff–forgive me, please, for I gained weight between that time when I had just turned fifteen to the day when I saw him and was almost 26. I have to do some amount of exercise to keep an hourglass figure on a 5’0 frame from shattering and forming a new beach on the spot and all of that endorphin crap they slug at you (oh, I do it, because I want to be responsible about my health, but that ‘runner’s high’ malarkey, I’m just immune), but there’s something of a blessing when people go out of their way to be so pointedly cruel because you hit this moment of clarity that reveals that putting your quality of life in the hands of people who have a mind to treat it with malice forethought are crazy. People get victimized but you try not to take on the ‘perpetual victim’ mentality, the bullying won’t make the swim any easier, but it’ll give you motivation to resist giving up and drowning. You’ll be right, you’ll have navigated through something huge and feel relief that accompanies accomplishment. I remember the first time someone told me that you’re going to be dead before you get those apologies because each side of the conflict feels entirely justified and will in the heels deeper if you’re ‘attacking’ them, or some junk. Anyway, like the saying goes, ‘A sorry isn’t a fur coat.’

  2. vvy says:

    His kids sure are cute! I can totally believe that he cheats on her. I remember reading an interview with a young actress once…can’t remember her name, and she made some comment about how Crowe goes for really young blondes and how gross it was!

  3. Jen34 says:

    This is sad. I have always liked him as an actor. I thought his wife and kids kept him anchored. I wonder if this is a Johnny Depp like situation. They are about the same age, too.

  4. bettyrose says:

    Yeah, I would hope it’s more than just a “scheduling issue.” Not that I wish a scandal on them, but permanently splitting up a family is a weird response to temporary work schedule issues.

    • Pix says:

      Agreed. Based on his temper and obvious control issues I can only imagine what she’s put up with over the years. He throws cell phones at strangers!

    • Skipper says:

      Didn’t he say recently that he’d let up on his schedule? He’s back on drugs and a cheater I think

    • the original bellaluna says:

      #1. I’m surprised she lasted with him this long – his reputation as a surly son-of-a-bitch is not exactly a secret;

      #2. You would be surprised at the amount of resentment created by a rigorous work schedule.

      Speaking from personal experience, it’s damn hard to do every f*cking thing by yourself, with absolute MINIMUM assistance from your “life partner,” the father of your children, the man (or woman) who is supposed to have your back in all things. (see also: TomKat; Heidi/Seal)

      So when it comes to separating, or divorcing, you’re already used to doing everything by yourself anyway, the kids are used to Daddy (or Mommy) not being around, so really, what difference does it make?

  5. Amy C says:

    Sad news. Nobody stay married in hollywood? I mean how many divorces this year alone

  6. Anguishedcorn says:

    I’d happily go blonde for him.

  7. honeychurch says:

    I remember a BI from a few months ago on another gossip site where people said it was prob Dani/Russ. It was about a wife finally getting enough of her husband’s behaviour.

  8. valleymiss says:

    I’m predicting a hook-up with Cameron Diaz. Anyway, his wife Danielle (shall we describe her as the “long-suffering wife”?) reminds me of Jewel. It’s a shame about their marriage, especially when there are kids involved. But I bet somewhere, Meg Ryan is chuckling to herself… (By the way, are Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp still together? Haven’t seen or read anything about them in forever.)

  9. brin says:

    Sounds like they’ve grown apart and he isn’t around that much. Very sad for the kids.

  10. jc126 says:

    That’s too bad, although if she’s cheating, I would bet money that he has cheated, and probably repeatedly.

  11. Jayna says:

    A movie actor’s life is not conducive to marriage, especially if they’re in a different country. Once kids are school-age, the wife and kids are tied down more. He cut back on acting for quite a while, but I am glad to see him back in movies. The Next Three Days was great and didn’t pull in a lot of money because his star had dimmed. But he was so good in the thriller. A lot of time away from each other in a seven-year marriage usually leads to someone getting their needs met elsewhere.

    My top four actors are Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Matt Damon. It’s great to see Russell coming out in more movies.

    • LucyOriginal says:

      I am glad you mentioned this movie. I saw it and I really really liked it!

    • Original N says:

      Sorry, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with you on this one. An actor’s life is no different than the men & women who serve our country and deploy for us … and they make marriages work from afar (and yes, with both genders being deployed, temptation is still there). Do people cheat? Yes. Do people grow apart? Yes. Might a physical separation make both of those more likely to occur? Yes. It does not mean that physical separations are not conducive to a marriage or automatically mean someone is having their needs serviced elsewhere. You can choose to put in the effort (or choose not to) whether you live in the same house or on opposite coasts.

  12. Mandy says:

    Stacy Keibler should be available soon…

  13. Birdie says:

    There is a youtube clip where Russell surprises her on Dancing with the Stars with their sons, all in cute little suits. Her FACE says it all, she didn’t really want to be near Russell, all she cared about was their sons..

    EDIT: found it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnmO-vOEyMc

    • christinne says:

      oh gosh! he looks so i love with her!! is like look baby your family is here…me…the kids….totally stressful situation!!

    • Cazzee says:

      Thanks for the clip! Act #784 in “Scenes from a Marriage”…

      RC seems conciliatory at first, and then annoyed when she turns away from him and he ends up kissing the back of her head. She seems angry the entire time, just doting on the children but not giving him the approval and affection he clearly needs from her. The date on the clip is from a few months ago, and the poster notes that they hadn’t seen each other in several months (?),so he may have been trying to create a ‘we’re in public so you can’t make a scene’ situation with his now ex-wife.

      In that clip she just seems totally fed up with him…not that I blame her (he’d been gone for several months??? that’s not a job situation, that’s a personal choice that his career is more important than the kids and her).

      • Christina says:

        Agree. The body language in that clip is SO revealing. Danielle can barely take her eyes and hands off her boys, but she looks simply embarrassed with Russell. By contrast, he looks so in love with her. That kiss between them is almost painful to watch.

      • Tilly says:

        From everything I have read about Russell, he seems to be a typical self-indulgent actor. It must be exhausting to be married to someone who feels they are the center of the universe. It must get old to constantly be deferring to HIS work, HIS mood, HIS need to blow off steam with other women etc. She is probably relieved!

    • d says:

      Wow, is that ever an awkward vid. Watched it on mute too. Maybe some people are uncomfortable with emotion in front of the cameras, which is fair enough, but she looked like she was just being polite there with him. She must have been over it with him for a while…oh well, you reap what you sow, Russell. I like the guy’s acting, but he’s permanently on my s***list for what he did to Meg Ryan and for his other behaviours. Nasty fellow.

    • carrie says:

      she looks so delicate and gracious and proud of their kids (the kids doesn’t look at ease)

      she looks like a skinny Jewel

    • Liza Jane says:

      The look on his face says it all.he is thrilled to see her and looks totally still in love with her,he was tweeting her success all the time when she was dancing,so proud of her,but you can see she is not as thrilled to see him,she loves the boys but I doubt she still loves him! Who knows what went on but she has checked out and given the pics with the dance partner she was playing around! Quite obvious in the video and I feel sorry for him! He may well be off working all the time after the long spell on his farm with the kids but she looks ambitious too and I think that she wants more than to be married to Russell! She needs to put on a bit of weight though as her looks are not enhanced by the thinness and the excessive tan!

    • Gretchen says:

      Whoa! that was so awkward to watch. He seems totally in love and happy to see her and keeps trying to kiss her and she just isn’t having it! That part where he goes in for a kiss and ends up with a mouthful of her hair is just so cringeworthy! Seems like she’s been pissed at him for a long time and he flew over for a visit maybe as some ‘grand gesture’ to melt her heart….but it looks like her heart just turned to stone.

  14. Christina says:

    The whole ‘busy schedule’ excuse which celebs give for marital breakups (I believe Scarlettt Johansen said the samee thing) always makes me laugh. Russell Crowe is a multi-millionaire. He could afford to never work another day in his life, and still keep his family in luxury. If you want to see ‘busy schedules’, look at ordinary working families, where both parents have to work 9 to 5 in crap jobs that neither of them can afford to give up, simply because there’s a mortgage to pay and kids to feed.

    These spoilt film stars haven’t got a clue.

    • jc126 says:

      The general public has a pretty high divorce rate, too.

    • Cel says:

      +1 It’s a lame excuse. He can pick and choose his work. So why has he spent so much time away from home – was it because he was unhappy there or because his wife was no longer willing to put up with his behaviour? From the video of Danielle on Dancing with the Stars, I would say the latter.

      • Christina says:

        Exactly.

        Russell was spending most of his time in the US, while his wife, and, most importantly, his two sons, remained in Oz. Imagine he was the one staying at home with the boys, while Danielle was away in the US? She’d be castigated as a terrible parent. Yet it’s OK for the man.

        Clearly, if Russell valued family life enough, he’d be more selective about the work he chose.Contrast him with another Aussie film star, Eric Bana, who said he’ll only take on one film role a year, so as not to be separated from his family. It’s not like Crowe needs the money, he has the kind of choices most people could never dream of.

    • Ginger says:

      I agree about the generally high divorce rate among everyone…non celebs too… and some of us work longer than the standard 9-5 and then go to school or other things in addition (children’s extra curricular etc.) So, making your marriage a high priority is not always easy but I agree that with his money and such he could easily choose to make that a priority (or she) and they haven’t. So, of course divorce is going to happen. Having been through a divorce myself I know that the situation is always more complicated than it seems.

      • jc126 says:

        It sure is always more complicated than it looks, which is way I don’t like it when people sort of dismiss anyone getting divorced as being shallow or that they just “didn’t work at it enough”. You can work at it very hard and STILL be totally miserable!

  15. diana says:

    :( love his movies.
    Was excited for his coming movies.

  16. bns says:

    Not surprising. Celebrities, especially actors, tend to be very narcissistic and selfish. They’re not putting anyone before themselves, not even their s/o.

  17. jes_sayin says:

    I say good for Danielle if she’s actually gettin’ somethin’ on the side for herself.. this guy’s had a horrible reputation w/the booze, the cheating, etc. for a loooong time now.

    • iheartjacksparrow says:

      I’ve disliked him ever since he yelled at a local Los Angeles morning news reporter some years back. She was subbing for the usual celebrity news reporter, and asked Russell an innocuous question regarding a movie he was promoting. He started screaming at her, and ended the interview by telling her to go back to journalism school. What kind of a jerk does that?

  18. A Fan says:

    I think he would be a real handful to be married to.

  19. Elodie says:

    She always looked scared when standing next to him and he’s known for his temper.

  20. Lil says:

    Blame Angelina *runs for dear life*

  21. OXA says:

    Of course there is more to this, he is a complete control freak. I remember there was an article a few years back where he tried to manipulate a reporter into writing a nice article on him.

  22. dooliloo says:

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5,…18, 19… On divorces, separations and breakups in Hollywood this year alone, I think I ran out of fingers and toes to count… now onto the nipples!

  23. lucy2 says:

    Sad for the kids.
    He’s a great actor, but I can’t imagine being married to him and all of his issues.

  24. dorothy says:

    Always sad when a marriage breaks up. Hate it for them and their sons.

  25. lisa2 says:

    I think being separated while working a 9-5 job is a bit different. And we still see those couples divorcing. I don’t know why people act like celebrities divorcing is some how more prevalent. It’s just that the acting community is smaller. I can name 10 people I know that are divorcing or have divorced. I’m 1 person

    Relationships need work and you need to be together. They obviously were not together much, and that video posted just shows that. Their boys are adorable

  26. mln76 says:

    It’s amazing how this jerk gets such a free pass….he’s talented sure but he’s a consistently violent womanizer. I bet she’s happy to be rid of him.

  27. Jaded says:

    This is the BEST article I’ve read about Russell Crowe – I’m amazed Danielle stayed with him as long as she did, whatever feelings you may have about her being a Westie or parvenu or whatever. She deserves the ‘patience of a saint’ award as far as I’m concerned. His ego clearly is out of control:

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/when-i-was-russell-crowes-stooge/2006/06/06/1149359738242.html?page=fullpage

    • Belly says:

      Terrific read, and confirms my opinion of him is correct. Contemptible twat.

    • Stubbylove says:

      Thanks for sharing this article – I’ve always been a huge Crowe fan and always felt he was misunderstood. The article seemed honest, trustworthy and sincere. It was, however, written from one man’s point-of-view, so it still needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, it was definitely an eye-opener and if it’s all true, he’s an unbelieveably insecure, self-absorbed, insane f*ckstick.

  28. Sad news :( He’s one of my favorite actors and I hope the kids are alright and that the split really was amicable.

  29. ol cranky says:

    Hmmm what about Naomi Watts? Aren’t there rumors of trouble in paradise between Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber lately too?

  30. Snowpea says:

    To Bec above who described Danielle Spencer as a ‘westie’ – get out! She’s so not a westie! Her dad is Don Johnson who I remember from Play School and she is an accomplished muso in her own right.

    She’s got a bit of a fried, surfie chick thing going on but westie? I think not!

    Russell and Danielle live in Rose Bay, just around the corner from us. It’s fairly well to do. Lots of old houses, established gardens, right on the water. Mel B lives there too (her daughter goes to my son’s school). I’ve seen Russ walking down at Bondi (he’s always wearing old trackies with the elastic almost gone and holy Tshirts ; )

    I think these two were great together. She’s very low-key, doesn’t give a hoot about all that Hollywood nonsense and would have kept him grounded.

    Oh well, another one bites the dust : (

  31. Ojulia says:

    Doesn’t matter if the blond is available or not. Wasn’t Meg Ryan still married when they hooked up?

  32. Jaycee says:

    Russell Crowe has a reputation of being, how shall we say? Not a very nice person.

  33. Phil E Stein says:

    Amber Heard because why not?

  34. Claire says:

    There is a lot of talk about him being a cheater – is there actually good evidence of this. Never heard a peep about him flinging it about?!?!

  35. handsome man saved me from the monsters says:

    Another broken family. I wish people would realise they are incompatible before bringing children into the relationship. But that does require selflessness and forethought – too much to ask of most people.

  36. eric says:

    Sadly blind items have reported this marriage has been over for some
    time now, due to his violent temper.

  37. EmmaV1 says:

    Lol remember how some people were saying Jolie & Rusty had an affair after she visited him on set a while back?

    The black widow Jolie strikes again.

  38. GoodCapon says:

    Their sons are so cute! I hope they could arrange the separation (and custody) well for the sake of them.

  39. bigfan says:

    Remember when he gave Jennifer Connelly diamond earrings when they were both nominated for A Beautiful Mind and she and her boyfriend/baby daddy Josh Charles broke up that week. He has a big heart. Some floozy blonde may get lucky with this guy.

  40. Juicy Lucy says:

    My take is that Russell married Danielle as a way of rehabilitating his image after breaking up Meg’s marriage.
    I don’t think that Russell is the easiest person to live with and I think once he started to devote more time to his career, she realized she could live without him. It’s sad to see any marriage fall apart, especially if there are children involved. Hopefully, they can work out an amicable arrangement for their children.

  41. Kate says:

    Here’s Russell Crowe singing a love song called, “Danielle.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LtF35lWvpQ

  42. Ange says:

    My dad was an extra on The Crossing and I still remember him even then saying all the actors were lovely ‘except the young bloke in the lead part, he’s a bloody tosser.’ So yeah, team Danielle even though I don’t really rate her much either.

  43. Loulou says:

    He looks like a filthy bloated grump.

  44. Lady_Luck says:

    Don’t really remember Don Spencer, and my childhood had a daily diet of playschool. But perhaps my memory is fading, and needs a boost. I do remember the lovable Benita with the curly, black hair though. I think Danielle is very pretty in her own way, but far too much bleach in the hair, and far too skinny. She needs a bit of meat on those bones.

    Russ – well most people have said it all. It would be hard work married to him. Kudos to her for being so patient.

  45. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Her eyes look dead in those photos

  46. cubfan34 says:

    I thought he might be working so much to get away from her because there were problems. But he is devoted to his children and this must be hard on him.

  47. serena says:

    This is actual a shock for me. Poor kids..I wish them the best.

    Anyway Russel will do Superman?? Lead role (I kind of believe he’s too old for that)?

  48. Stubbylove says:

    This makes me sad all around. I realize Crowe seems like a prick and has a volatile personality. No excuses but he and Spencer had known each other since they were young – she knew what she was marrying. When they married it seemed like they really were bonded in their love for each other and their common passion for music. In any pic I’ve ever seen of her she’s never looked comfortable in the public eye – no judgment on her – she just seems like a private, quiet person.
    Love him or hate him, Crowe is a huge talent with an equally huge personality and obviously has problems with his temper – an issue no one should be the victim of and I’m sure she’s been a angel and a patient saint in that marriage when it comes to his explosiveness. I think he loves her very much – she seemed to have grounded him. I feel very bad for the little boys and the whole family. I hope he doesn’t go off the deep end b’cuz of this.
    BTW the bitch-fighting b/w the Aussies and Kiwis above was frickin’ hilarious!

  49. Ravensdaughter says:

    She looks exhausted! Wouldn’t you be if you were married to him AND had to raise his two sons?