Russell Crowe `misses` wife Danielle Spencer

Sydney: Russell Crowe has spoken out for the first time about his split from his wife of almost a decade Danielle Spencer, lamenting how he “missed” her.

Spencer and her two sons with Crowe now live in a glamourous 10-million-dollar Rose Bay mansion.

The Oscar winner, currently in New York where he co-hosted the Indoor Garden Party with Alan Doyle at the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday night, sent a touching tweet to Spencer.

“The Indoor Garden Party had performers from England, Ireland, Sweden, Newfoundland, Canada, US, NZ, Australia, all missed the girl from Rose Bay,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as writing.

While no public comment has been made by Crowe or Spencer after news of the split broke on Monday, the couple are said to be amicable and committed to protecting their two sons, Charles, 8, and Tennyson, 6.

Crowe has had a busy year filming a diverse series of back-to-back roles in the past 12 months, with six films including the ‘Man With the Iron Fists,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Broken City,’ ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Noah’ and ‘Winter’s Tale’ - all released in the next six months.

It is this hectic schedule which has seen him far removed from family life in Sydney that is said to have caused the break down in their marriage, with friends saying Danielle was sick of his absences.