Russell Crowe says buying the South Sydney Rabbitohs ruined his marriage to Danielle Spencer

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HOLLYWOOD star Russell Crowe believes buying the South Sydney Rabbitohs ruined his marriage to Danielle Spencer, contributing to their eventual split.

The 51-year-old made the candid admission during an interview with American television show Sunday Morning on CBS.

Crowe bought the then-fledgling rugby league team in 2006 and threw himself into helping the Rabbitohs turn their fortunes around. They won the Nrl Premiership last year.

“It probably cost me a marriage,” the Gladiator star said of co-owning the team.

“It took a lot of work, man, you know? It took a lot of work, and I already had an extremely busy schedule.”

In the years that followed, as well as obsessing over the Bunnies, Crowe starred in a number of major films including American Gangster and State of Play.

While it had a hefty personal cost, Crowe said buying the team “ended up not being a bad business”.

He and Spencer were married for nine years before their spirit in 2013 and have two sons together.

The pair remain friendly though and together watched the Rabbitohs claim victory at last year’s NRL final.

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