Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.
Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007. Splash News

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

RUSSELL Crowe and Terri Irwin have been forced to deny dating rumours for years, but there's one reason why the actor doesn't mind the speculation.

Speaking to Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek on their KIIS FM drive show yesterday, the radio hosts pushed Crowe to spill on his love life.

"Tell us a story about you and Terri Irwin," Hughes joked.

Now that's just an example about magazines just creating their own industry out of their own imagination," The Mummy actor said.

"The reality break is though that I was great friends with Steve and his wife and his kids are really important to me. They're beautiful people, Terri is one of the greatest women I've ever met in my life without their being implication for intimacy or whatever.

"You know I do love Terri Irwin, I love her kids and I love how she's kept the memory of Steve alive and respected the work that the two of them had begun and she's an absolute champion, but we're not in a relationship," he added.

Crowe also told the radio hosts that getting older has made him a "lot more relaxed" because "people start being kinder to you".

Which, is probably the reason why, when Hughes asked the actor if the dating rumours angered or amused him, the Gladiator actor said the speculation has only done good things.

"You know what it does? It actually gets us on the phone every now and then which is a great service because we just talk and we laugh and then she catches me up on stuff and I catch her up on stuff, so in a funny way magazines with their bulls**t are doing us a service because they're reminding us to stay in touch," he said.

Earlier this month, Terri Irwin also responded to the rumours calling the Oscar winner a "dear friend", but that was it.

Speaking to Access Hollywood,the wildlife crusader spoke about how supportive Crowe was after she lost her husband Steve Irwin in 2006.

"He is very lucky to be embroiled in all of these great rumours," Irwin joked during an appearance on the US entertainment TV show. "We are friends, so he did contact me and ask me if there was something I should let him know."

"In all honesty, he and Steve became friends many years ago, and after Steve passed, you find out who your true friends are. And Russell has been very loyal as a great friend," she added.

Irwin and Crowe have been friends for years, ever since Steve died when a stingray barb fatally pierced his chest.

Hughesy & Kate can be heard on the drive home from 4 - 6pm on the national KIIS Network.