Russell Crowe took a cheeky swipe at fellow Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio during Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie breakfast show on Friday.
The 58-year-old Oscar winner joked about DiCaprio’s penchant for dating younger models.
For years, DiCaprio has found himself the butt of many a dating joke – as well as facing furious backlash over his apparent refusal to woo a woman who was over the age of 25.
Russell revealed to hosts ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli he once introduced Kate to The Titanic star.
‘Okay well that would have been when you were older,’ Russell said, dryly, before adding: ‘But not older than 22.’
Russell Crowe took a cheeky swipe at fellow Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio during Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie breakfast show on Friday
The 58-year-old Oscar winner joked about DiCaprio’s penchant for dating younger models
The quip caused Kate’s co-hosts to collapse into laughter.
Two years after the release of Titanic, the DiCaprio – who was 24 at the time – began dating then-18-year-old supermodel Gisele Bundchen, future ex-wife of NFL legend Tom Brady.
Being in the under 25 club himself, at the time, it was not really an issue. DiCaprio flaunted his love for Bundchen on countless red carpets during their five-year relationship and they seemed like the perfect pairing.
In 2004, when Bundchen was 23 years old, the two broke up.
In 2005, DiCaprio jumped into another five-year romance with supermodel Bar Refaeli, who was 20 when they started seeing each other. Every detail of their long relationship was extensively covered, and many believed, at the time, that DiCaprio had met his soulmate.
However, when Refaeli turned 25 years old in 2010, the two broke up – thus beginning an apparent dating pattern that would follow Leo for the next 13 years.
After spending a decade in two long-term romances, DiCaprio had a series of short flings with famous women who were all under 25.
In 2011, DiCaprio infamously dated Gossip Girl beauty Blake Lively, who was 23 at the time. The following year, in 2012, DiCaprio got together with 22-year-old model Erin Heatherton, which only lasted a few months.
DiCaprio then moved on with another 22-year-old – German model Toni Garrn – who he split with after she turned 24 in 2014.
In 2015, he romanced Baywatch beauty Kelly Rohrbach, who was 25 at the time. That ended before she turned 26 years old. After his relationship with Rohrbach ended, DiCaprio jumped into another romance in 2016 with 24-year-old actress Nina Agdal. That ended two years later, in 2018, when Agdal was 25 years old.
In 2018, DiCaprio fell hard for model Camila. At the start of their relationship, Leonardo was 43, while Camila was just 20.
Crowe revealed to hosts ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli he once introduced Kate to The Titanic star. ‘Okay well that would have been when you were older,’ Russell said, dryly, before adding: ‘But not older than 22’
However, the age gap did not appear to be an issue – and for a while it seemed as though Leo had finally found the woman of his dreams.
Then, just one month after Morrone turned 25, the pair’s fairytale romance came to an end.
After his five-year relationship with Morrone ended, DiCaprio finally broke his ‘under 25’ pattern when he started seeing supermodel Gigi Hadid, who is 27 – two years too old for the A-list actor.
But their widely publicised fling ended a few months later, in December 2022. Although it did not workout, the source says that they are ‘still friends.’
Elsewhere in his chat on Fitzy & Wippa with Kate, Russell talked about his latest role in the horror film The Pope’s Exorcist.
The Beautiful Mind star plays a real-life character Father Gabriele Amorth in the thriller.
Amorth, who died in 2016, is said to have performed 60,000 exorcisms.
Russell revealed the film received co-operation from the Vatican. He even enjoyed a private tour of the Sistine Chapel, with his family, including his mum.
He also enjoyed a special visit to the Pope’s Sancta Sanctorum with his girlfriend Britney Theriot while making the film.
Crowe pictured in his latest film The Pope’s Exorcist
Russell described Amorth as ‘irreverent and profane’ during the interview.
Fr Amorth, who died at the age of 91, wrote two books detailing horrifying tales of demonic possession – An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories.
The official exorcist for the diocese of Rome Fr Amorth was dubbed the Dean of Exorcists and is said to have conducted a staggering 60,000 exorcisms over a 30-year period.
His death prompted national mourning in Italy, where an estimated 500,000 people visit an exorcist each year.
The Pope’s Exorcist opens on April 6