After just nine years of marriage, Russell Crowe has announced that he is splitting from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer. The Sydney Morning Herald made the announcement of the split Sunday morning via Crowe.
“Crowe’s busy work schedule - the New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor is currently busy filming Darren Aronofsky’s Noah - is at the root of the split, according to the report,” said the New York Daily News.
While the couple has been married for nine years, they actually met 22 years ago on the set of the 1990 film The Crossing, and have kept an on-again, off-again relationship since then. Crowe had been in other relationships, including a high-profile one with actress Meg Ryan, until he married Spencer.
“The thought [of marrying her] crossed my mind the first time I met her," he told the Morning Herald around the time of their 2003 wedding, according to the New York Daily News.
The couple were married at a chapel on a farm Crowe owns in New South Wales, Australia, in 2002, and have two children together. Charles, 8, and Tennyson, 6 will reportedly be staying in Sydney with their mother.
“Though Spencer is virtually unknown on this side of the Pacific, the 43-year-old stunner caused a gossip uproar in Australia in June when she was photographed out on the town with her dance pro partner from that country’s version of Dancing with the Stars,” said the New York Daily News. The couple have said there was no infidelity on either side, but Crowe hasn’t been able to be around much with his schedule.
The actor is busy with two movies to be released this year, The Man With the Iron Fists, a martial arts film to be released Nov. 2, and Les Miserables, which will be out Christmas Day.
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