Russell Crowe selling stake in rugby team
|Actor Russell Crowe, co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, smiles while sitting on a motorcycle during the Australia Day Challenge rugby game in Jacksonville, Florida in this January 26, 2008 file photo. (REUTERS/Scott Audette/Files)
Russell Crowe is selling his stake in an Australian rugby league club in a bid to “simplify” his life after splitting from his wife.
The Oscar winner has been a proud co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs for six years, but it appears Crowe is keen to scale back, according to an email he reportedly sent to a local television reporter.
The Gladiator star wrote, “My family situation has changed. I have to address personally how busy I have made my life outside of my actual job. It doesn’t change anything at the club level. I will always be a South Sydney supporter and member, as I have been, man and boy, South Sydney ’til I die.
“If I have any chance of keeping my family together, I have to simplify my life where I can.”
The team is Australian rugby league’s most successful - thanks to Crowe’s investment in 2006, they have enjoyed a rebirth in recent years.
Officials at the club held a press conference on Monday confirming the news, and Crowe took to his Twitter.com page to assure fans over fears the team would be greatly affected by his decision.
In a post, he writes, “Don’t listen to panic merchants and self promoters. South Sydney is a strong business that is set to continue to grow.”