Whether a Separation, split, divorce, or a relationship that just didn’t stand the test of time, breakups are never periods in life that people look forward to; this is perhaps especially when it comes to Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer’s breakup. After all, “Halfway through… his vows, Crowe 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 made its way into the media this past summer. Moreover, Crowe’s recent six movie film schedule was perhaps the most likely factor in leading to the actor’s failed marriage.
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 harbor before moving into a $6 million mansion in the posh harbor side 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.
He has six films coming out in the next 12 months – Man with the Iron Fist, Les Miserables, Broken City, Superman, 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 publicized romance with Meg Ryan.
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.
Crowe and Spencer first met 22 years ago on the set of “The Crossing,” before he made it big in Hollywood. Following his relationship with Meg Ryan, he returned to Australia and realized that Spencer was the one for him. Crowe proposed in December 2002, saying, “The thought [of marrying her] crossed my mind the first time I met her.”
Contributor D. Chandler