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
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dating History
The Django Unchained star has famously made a habit of never dating any woman over the age of 25.
GISELE BUNDCHEN (1999-2004)
Gisele and Leonardo at the 2005 Academy Awards
Leo’s first high-profile relationship was with the Brazilian model, who was 20 when the pair hooked up. She broke off the relationship five years later at the age of 25.
BAR REFAELI (2005-2010)
The actor’s relationship with Bar Refaeli ended after 5 years of dating – coincidentally the same time the Israeli model turned 25.
BLAKE LIVELY (2011)
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The current wife of Ryan Reynolds dated Leo for just one year – when she was 23.
ERIN HEATHERTON (2012)
The Victoria’s Secret Angel alum was just 22 when she dated DiCaprio in 2012.
TONI GARRN (2013-2014)
German-born model Garrn was just 21 when she and Leo broke up after two years of dating.
KELLY ROHRBACH (2015)
Kelly Rohrbach on the set of Baywatch
The Baywatch reboot star was 25 when she and DiCaprio dated from June until around December of 2015, with the break alleged to be a mutual decision
NINA AGDAL (2016-2017)
Nina Agdal and her ex Jack Brinkley Cook
Things ended between Leo and the Danish swimsuit model after she hit 25 in 2017.
CAMILA MORRONE (2017–2022)
Leo and Camila out and about in New York City in May 2018
Leo and the model-turned-actress began dating just months after his split from Nina Agdal. The were reported to be more serious than ever at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but the two reportedly split over the summer of 2022.
GIGI HADID (SEPTEMBER 2022 – DECEMBER 2022)
Gigi Hadid walks the runway in Paris in October 2022
Following his August split from Morrone, it was reported that Leo had his eyes on model Gigi Hadid. The pair were seen hanging at NYC hotspots but the romance seemingly fizzled out in December.
VICTORIA LAMAS (DECEMBER 2022)
Victoria Lamas pictured
Leo was previously romantically linked to model/actress Victoria Lamas, who happens to be the daughter of actor Lorenzo Lamas. The pair were spotted hanging in Hollywood in late December and reportedly rang in the New Year together.