Antipodean superstar Russell Crowe and his new bride Danielle Spencer have fled their lavish Sydney apartment - after obtrusive fans made continuous pilgrimages there.

The GLADIATOR star and his wife - who is three months pregnant - are sick of being watched while enjoying the luxury of the harbour front property and have bought a secret flat to maintain their privacy.

According to a pal, Danielle rarely lives in the $11.2 million (GBP7 million) home when her rugged husband is away on business.

The friend tells British tabloid The Sun, "Danielle thinks their home is the world's most lavish prison cell. Everybody knows where they live. The ferry boats toot as they pass and fans come round in the hope of seeing them.

"But in her little flat she has privacy."

01/07/2003 02:32