Celebrity Families

Russell Crowe's comments about being a divorced father will hit home for every co-parenting Mum or Dad

''I have limited time with my kids.''

By Rebecca Sullivan
Russell Crowe is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, owns several multi-million dollar properties scattered all over the globe and has a net worth of around $95 million.
But the 55-year-old Oscar winner says he is just like many other middle-aged, divorced Aussie blokes - desperate to spend as much time with his kids as possible.
Russell has two children with his ex-wife, Aussie singer Danielle Spencer, Charles, 17 and Tennyson, 14, who live with their mother most of the time, but spend weekends and some holidays with their father when he is back home in Australia and not working overseas.
But there is one time of year that is sacred to the Gladiator actor - the period between Christmas and New Year - which he devotes to spending time with his two sons.
That means, he usually misses out on the awards show circuit in Hollywood, which kicks off in the first week of January.
Russell spoke about this precious time spent with his sons on the radio in January, when asked why he wasn't in Los Angeles to rock the red carpet at several award shows, where he was recognised for his incredible performance in TV series The Loudest Voice, as Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
"As you know, I'm divorced now, and like many other blokes who are out there listening, I have limited time with my kids. I don't get to wake up with them everyday," he told Nova 96.9's Fitzy & Wippa at the time.
"And I get then every year between December 27 and January, so if you expect me to do anything, anything, I don't give a sh-- what it is in that time that doesn't include my children, well you can go and whatever," he said.
Russell Crowe pictured in 2010 with his then-wife, Danielle Spencer and their sons Tennyson Spencer Crowe and Charles Spencer Crowe. (Getty)
During a 2016 interview, Russell explained how he and Danielle co-parented their two sons when they were younger.
"They live in Sydney with their mum and if I am in the city I get to have them on weekends," he told Sunday Style.
Russell owns a property in Sydney's Rose Bay, as well as a waterfront apartment in Woolloomoolo, and a huge farm in the small town of Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour in northern NSW, which was severely under threat during the recent catastrophic bushfire disaster.
Yet most of the time, Russell and his kids stay in the city.
"The farm is not practical just for a weekend, you need to be there in the school holidays when you really have some time," he said.
The Master and Commander actor clearly relishes time spent with his sons, frequently gushing about his love for his kids.
"They are still young enough that even though we have our own bedrooms in the places where we live together, they choose to sleep in the same room as me," Russell previously said.
"There is nothing cooler than being that close to your kids. One of my greatest fears is that over time they won't want to spend all of their school holidays there with me. Because that is the best part of my year, when I have them to myself."
"There is nothing cooler than being that close to your kids." (Getty)
But despite their father being one of the richest actors around, Russell says makes a point of not spoiling his children.
"You have to make sure they realise what a 'normal' experience is and things [like travel] they get to do aren't because they are special, or because their dad is special, it is just a bit of luck," he told Sunday Style.
"I will never, ever put them in a situation financially where they don't have to [earn money] themselves. I've told them, 'I don't care what you do in your life, but if you do the thing you love, you are going to have much more fun'."
And when Charlie and Tennyson were younger, they weren't allowed to Google their dad - that's a specific instruction that came from their mother, Danielle.
"My kids are old enough now to Google, and you somehow have to explain to them about other people's interpretations of who you are, what you may have said, and why so much they read is absurd," he said.
"You discover how impossible it is. I've been doing lead roles in feature films for 26 years, right from the beginning of the internet, so now they're not allowed to Google me anymore! It's a sensible thing."
Actor Russell Crowe carries his son Tennyson Crowe at the Robin Hood photo call in 2010. (Getty)
Russell and Danielle announced their split in 2012, but their divorce was only finalised in 2018.
Since then, Russell has been linked to a string of gorgeous blondes - all relationships he denies - and Danielle has found love with a new beau, Adam Long.
But the actor says he is now looking for love.
"There is a craving for some sort of intimacy in the future ... and I'm not talking sexually ... it is starting to grow inside me again," he said.
"I really need that. I thought I could just tough it out and not worry too much. But you just want the feeling that you have someone you can make a plan with."
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Would he ever get married again?
"Nothing that has happened to me has changed my belief in the beauty of marriage, but would I elect to do it again? I'm not sure.
"I have what I feel is an obligation to my kids, to not confuse their lives too much. It's already pretty tricky for them. There's life itself, then there's life as a famous person's kids."