Secret Behind Russell Crowe's Divorce: Partying & Nights Without Her

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Oct. 26 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Russell Crowe's late nights and large-yet-fragile ego seem to be the primary reasons behind his split from wife Danielle Spencer, insiders speculate, and has all the details for you.

The 48-year-old Oscar-winner and musician Spencer, 43, have two children -- Charles, 8, and Tennyson, 6.

The first crack in the armor came shortly after the couple's 2003 wedding, as Crowe was snapped at The Dollhouse, a Hamburg, Germany strip club, while a pregnant Danielle was at their Australia home. While his camp tried in vain to retrieve -- and halt publishing of -- the photos, they best they could do was spin it that Danielle herself would have been at the nudie bar had she been in town.

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Incidents in London in 2002, New York in 2005 and Toronto in 2005 didn't so much to change actor's high-strung reputation.

In the London dust-up, Crowe reportedly was belligerent and drunk at a restaurant when he licked a female patron's face and asked if she wanted to come up to his hotel room; the woman, Georgie Calder, said the A-list hunk struck her as "utterly revolting."

Another issue in the marriage was distance: While Russell has settled into the Woolloomooloo, Australia penthouse the couple once lived at, Danielle and the kids have lived at a mansion in Rose Bay, where locals have long dubbed her a single mother.


When the mercurial actor was in town, he's been primarily spotted at soccer games and with the two kids -- not Danielle.

As of October, The Gladiator star hasn't lived with his family in 18 months, working doggedly on a number of films -- The Man with the Iron Fists, Les Miserables, Broken City, Man of Steel, Noah and Winter's Tale -- that are all set to come out in the next 12 months.

Pundits have speculated the New Zealand-born actor took on the heavy workload knowing his marriage was in shambles, and preparing to pad his coffers for the inevitable divorce payout.



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