Date: 1st April 2001
Hollywood actress MEG RYAN insists she's finished with men, after two of her much-publicised relationships failed recently.
According to friends, the SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) star has been left "empty and adrift" since the collapse of her nine-year marriage to DENNIS QUAID and her subsequent torrid fling and bust-up with OSCAR-winning GLADIATOR (2000) hunk RUSSELL CROWE.
A pal says, "She suddenly found herself in a place she did not want to be and has embarked on a very tough course to rearrange her priorities. The first thing she's done is swear off men, with one bib exception - he eight-year-old son JACK."
The friend continues, "Meg told me, 'I was feeling empty, like a ship without an anchor. A friend of mine told me I felt that way because I didn't have a man in my life, and it just opened up my eyes. Why are women always seen and labelled according to the man they're with?' " 'The most important man in my life right now is my son - and that's how I'm keeping it'." (RGS/TG/RP)