According to “People Magazine” “A Teary Russell Crowe Weds Danielle Spencer.” That’s how the first part of the headline read. Samantha Miller, writing for “People,” included a quote from Crow’s friend, John McGrath, which stated, “Halfway through… his vows, he nearly started crying…. He started choking up, [and] then he shook his head and took a deep breath and started again. That was Russell Crowe on the day on his nuptials. Today the Sydney Morning Herald reports, the couple are no longer together. The split comes after rumors of a rocky romance trickled into the media this past summer. With his highly anticipated Superman Film scheduled to be released next year, it could very well be noted that Crowe has gone from a teary eyed groom to a man of steel, in split with Danielle Spencer.
The Gladiator actor and his wife of nine years, have separated, according to a report in Sydney.
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 show business 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 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 rumors 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.
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 publicized 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 behavior,’ 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.’
Crowe, who was famously linked to Meg Ryan during his less-tame days on the set of the 2000 romantic drama “Proof of Life,” is also filming Noah, a biblical epic co-starring Emma Watson.
In the movie Man of Steel, Russell Crowe will play Jor-El; the biological father of Superman.
Contributor D. Chandler