Date: 21st January 2001
LATEST: Friends of GLADIATOR hard man RUSSELL CROWE claim he has dumped MEG RYAN for fellow actress PETA WILSON because she's "less Hollywood".
Crowe and Peta, star of American TV series LA FEMME NIKITA, were also spotted kissing and cuddling at his New Year's Eve (31DEC00) party in Australia.
Friends of the Hollywood hunk have explained that Crowe prefers 30-year-old Peta to former love Ryan, who he started dating in a blaze of publicity last year (00), because she is more down-to- earth - and less obsessed with tinsletown glamour.
One says, "Russ wants a woman who's happy for him to get his hands dirty and who will roll up her sleeves and join in." (TM/WNSPE/CPT)