HOLLYWOOD star Meg Ryan has opened up about her affair with Russell Crowe, declaring the Aussie actor is no home wrecker and even "took a bullet" for her.
As Crowe prepares for the birth of his second child with wife Danielle Spencer, Ryan has given new details on her six- month affair with Crowe while she was still married to actor Dennis Quaid.
Ryan defended her relationship with Crowe, claiming her 10-year marriage to Quaid was already over when she had her affair with the Oscar winner.
"It was not a healthy marriage for long time," Ryan told Oprah Winfrey on her show yesterday.
"It was never about another man - it was about what my and Dennis' relationship could not sustain."
Ryan said she had been forced to "take a bullet" after the media attacked her and Crowe over the affair and said "I think Russell did too."
"He wasn't a home-wrecker," Ryan said.
"He took a lot of heat for that - he had a lot of grace about not talking about things that he knew were going on in my marriage.
"I will be very grateful to him for a long time."
Ryan and Crowe met on the set of their 2000 film Proof of Life and the scandal over their affair has been blamed for the film being a box office flop.
Quaid later thanked Crowe for having the affair with his wife, saying: "I think Russell did Meg and I a big favour.
"He forced us to face up to something, because we were clinging on to a dead relationship. I felt hurt and humiliated but we hadn't been getting on for quite some time. We were bored with each other."
By Nick Papps in Los Angeles
hmmm...article forgets to mention that Crowe was engaged at the time...jmo
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Go to the source & do it there >:/
Meg Ryan: I Had an 'Unhealthy Marriage'
After two years out of the spotlight, Meg Ryan resurfaced on The Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday, speaking out about her "unhealthy" marriage to Dennis Quaid ("I should have left sooner") and her newly adopted baby girl, Daisy.
As for why she took the time off, the star of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle said she needed some space. "It was definitely time to take a break and just regroup and see where I was," Ryan told Oprah.
Ryan, 44, said her time away from Hollywood was not only to focus on herself, but also to help others. To that end she began working with an international organization called CARE, which is dedicated to wiping out poverty in the poorest corners of the world by building up bonds between women.
She also adopted her baby girl from China, which fulfilled a dream that began 10 years ago. But Ryan first wanted to wait until her son Jack, 13, with Quaid, was older.
Ryan first named the girl Charlotte, but quickly realized that name didn't fit her and changed it. "I thought she was Charlotte and she's just not," Ryan said. "She's a Daisy. She's got the most open, beautiful, honest face you'll just ever see."
The actress also dished on her much-publicized involvement with Russell Crowe and split with Quaid in 2001. Although Crowe had been blamed as the cause of Ryan and Quaid's breakup, the actress denied that was the case.
"It was never about another man," she said. "My and Dennis's relationship just couldn't sustain." She said the couple's relationship had been on the outs for at least five years and probably should have ended sooner.
Ryan seemed more comfortable focusing on her current emotional state of mind, saying that she presently feels like "more of a woman" than ever before.
"There are times in every woman's life where she does need to get out and expand and do all those things that make her the best version of herself," Ryan said.
By Todd Peterson
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