Rus­sell Crowe’s shock trans­for­ma­tion

The Hollywood ac­tor may be strug­gling withh heart­break after be­ing dumped by Terri

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He was once one of Hollywood’s hottest hunks with his star­ring role in Gla­di­a­tor, but things have changed dras­ti­cally for Aussie ac­tor Rus­sell Crowe.

With his portly fig­ure and unruly grey beard, the 54-year-old looks al­most un­recog­nis­able these days – and sources be­lieve his shock new look could be a side ef­fect of his wan­ing re­la­tion­ship with close friend and for­mer love in­ter­est Terri Ir­win.

‘FAB­U­LOUS WOMAN’

It’s no se­cret Rus­sell has al­ways been a huge fan of Terri’s, call­ing her “one of the most fab­u­lous women on the planet”, and the cou­ple have been plagued by ro­mance ru­mours for years.

Now in­sid­ers say Terri has been do­ing her best to dis­tance her­self from Rus­sell – and the ac­tor is in tur­moil. “They spent so much time to­gether and were in­sep­a­ra­ble, so it’s cer­tainly strange they haven’t been seen to­gether for a while.

“It looks like Rus­sell may have been dumped by Terri – and if that’s hap­pened he’ll be heart­bro­ken for sure,” re­veals a source. “That could ex­plain why he’s not look­ing his best these days. Ob­vi­ously peo­ple age but Russ is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent man now, phys­i­cally and men­tally,” adds our source, who saw the ac­tor at a re­cent Gla­di­a­tor pro­mo­tional event in Rome, Italy. “It was like he’d to­tally given up car­ing about what he looks like. You got the feel­ing that if he was al­lowed to turn up in sweats, he would have.”

Per­haps the most com­pelling ev­i­dence his re­la­tion­ship with Terri has taken a turn for the worst is the fact Rus­sell was a no-show at the un­veil­ing of Steve Ir­win’s post­hu­mous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April.

“Ev­ery­one thought it was re­ally weird that Rus­sell wasn’t there – he’d nor­mally be by their side as part of the fam­ily, and he per­son­ally wrote a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion to help se­cure the star,” tells our source.

‘Rus­sell and Terri aren’t to­gether right now…’

Rus­sell was close friends with Crocodile Hunter Steve un­til his sud­den death from a stingray in­jury in 2006, and he’s been a source of com­fort for 53-yearold wildlife con­ser­va­tion­ist Terri ever since she lost her beloved hus­band. Last year he spoke of his af­fec­tion for Terri again dur­ing an in­ter­view with h Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny, rowny, de­spite deny­ing re­ports s they were set to tie the knot.

“Terri Ir­win is quite frankly one of the most fab­u­lous women on the e planet. She is a beau­ti­ful ul per­son, an in­tel­li­gent woman, so hard­work­ing, ng, so hon­ourable,” he said. d. “So the thing is I do love ve Terri Ir­win. Ab­so­lutely, y, she’s fab­u­lous.”

ONE-WAY STREET

Rus­sell may have feel­ings for Terri, but she has al­ways in­sisted – at least pub­licly – she’s not ready eady to move on from Steve. ve.

“I think it’s won­der­ful rful when peo­ple who have ve lost some­one find love ve again, but I’m not per­son­ally rson­ally look­ing,” she has said. d.

But sources say even en if Terri has put an end to things, ings, she’ll never stop be­ing im­por­tant por­tant to The Nice Guys star. “Rus­sell Rus­sell and Terri aren’t to­gether r right now, and if she’s made it clear that will never hap­pen he’ll be dev­as­tated. But it doesn’t oesn’t mean he’ll give up on her,” ” adds the in­sider. “A lot of peo­ple ople think he’s hop­ing they can n have a real re­la­tion­ship one day.” ay.”

In­sid­ers say Rus­sell is still car­ry­ing a torch for Terri.

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