Date: 18th February 2001
GLADIATOR star RUSSELL CROWE dumped actress MEG RYAN for a herd of cows and his dog.
The hunky star says that his desire to get back home to his ranch in Australia was too strong to keep him in Los Angeles with the SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE star. He says, "The bottom line is, I have a big life here in Australia. When I'm off the hook with schedules, I have to come home. I can't sustain myself through the course of a year without filling up on home and Meg needs the same. "It's rough being away from your dog for six months. That's rough stuff, man."
Meg, 39, left her husband DENNIS QUAID, after falling in love with Russell last year (00) while filming PROOF OF LIFE. "Meg is a beautiful and courageous woman. I grieve the loss of her companionship, but I haven't lost her friendship," says Russell. But he's relaxed about the rumours about his love life, "I don't care what the misconceptions are. I'm a bad boy. I'm a Lothario. At the same time all that stuff was being written, I was ear-tagging calves on my farm." (KAB/WNSEX/PDD)