Russell Crowe has split from his wife of nine years Danielle Spencer
The Oscar winning star and his musician wife - who have been married for nine years and have two sons Charles, eight, and Tennyson, six, together - are reported to have amicably separated, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The couple has so far refused to comment but friends close to the couple are said to be shocked and the actor is said to be devastated.
Sources are blaming the 'Les Miserables' star's busy schedule for their break-up as back-to-back filming has forced him to spend most of his time overseas while his family remained at their home in Sydney.
The 48-year-old 'Gladiator' star is currently filming his fifth movie this year, the biblical epic 'Noah' in the US, and recently completed filming on the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel'.
He will next be seen on the big screen in 'The Man With The Iron Fists' starring alongside Lucy Liu, which hits cinemas in December, followed later that month by 'Les Miserables'.
The actor is reportedly hoping to keep busy to take his mind off the split and just signed on to star in the new fantasy movie 'Winter's Tale' alongside Will Smith, due to start shooting early next year.
Russell and Danielle (43) first met 22 years ago on the set of the movie 'The Crossing' and were married in a purpose-built chapel at Crowe's farm in Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour in Australia in April, 2003.
Danielle, who appeared on Australia's 'Dancing With The Stars' earlier this year - has often been praised for being a calming influence on her husband.
Crowe once said he and Spencer had a ''deep respect'' and ''mutual understanding'' for each other from the first time they met on set.
And shortly after their wedding, he revealed: ''I've been thinking about it for a long time so I don't have any second thoughts. The thought [of marrying her] crossed my mind the first time I met her.''
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