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Terri Irwin sets the record straight on romance rumours with actor Russell Crowe

She’s been romantically linked to Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, 54, since the middle of last year.

And now, Terri Irwin, 54, the widow of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve, has finally set the record straight on rumours that the pair are an item. 

Appearing on The Sunday Project, the mother-of-two gushed over the Gladiator star and joked that she was besotted with him. 

‘I am in love with him’: Terri Irwin (right)  has set the record straight on romance rumours with Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe (left) after speculation they were an item

‘I am in love with him, I have to admit it,’ Terri told the show’s co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, when questioned about the pair.    

Terri continued: ‘I am desperately and totally in love.’

As a smile came across Terri’s face, it was clear the renowned celebrity conservationist was only kidding about being an item with Russell. 

'I am desperately and totally in love': Terri was clearly joking when she appeared to confirm herself and the Oscar winner were in a relationship on The Sunday Project

‘I am desperately and totally in love’: Terri was clearly joking when she appeared to confirm herself and the Oscar winner were in a relationship on The Sunday Project

Clad in her Australia Zoo uniform, Terri continued to make jokes about the speculation on a romance between the two. 

Lisa asked, ‘Does he know about that?’ which prompted Terri to say she was calling him right after the show to let him know.  

Terri, however, did admit that she is close with the Hollywood actor, even praising his love of wildlife and native animals. 

‘I do love Russell,’ she confessed, hinting they are good friends.

'I do really, really think the world of him": Terri initially made a joke out of the romance rumours, but she did go on to gush over her friendship with Russell (above) 

‘I do really, really think the world of him”: Terri initially made a joke out of the romance rumours, but she did go on to gush over her friendship with Russell (above) 

She continued: ‘I do really, really think the world of him. 

‘He loves wildlife, he is very considerate about helping what we are doing and is a good guy.’ 

Terri and Russell have remained close friends for a number of years since the death of her late husband, Steve, from a stingray in 2006. 

The actor was previously married to singer Danielle Spencer, until they divorced this year. 

Widow: Terri was married to the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who tragically died in 2006

Widow: Terri was married to the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who tragically died in 2006

They share two sons, Charles, 14, and Tennyson, 12.

Russell was also a good friend of Steve, with the actor regularly gushing over the family in the past.    

‘I was great friends with Steve and his wife and his kids are really important to me. They’re beautiful people,’ he told Newscorp. 

Mates: Oscar-winner Russell has gushed over his friendship with Steve and Terri before, saying he thinks the entire family are special people. Pictured here in 2004

Mates: Oscar-winner Russell has gushed over his friendship with Steve and Terri before, saying he thinks the entire family are special people. Pictured here in 2004

Despite continual denials the pair are an item, Russell has also gushed over Terri in the past as well.   

‘Terri is one of the greatest women I’ve ever met in my life, without there being implication of intimacy or whatever,’ he said. 

‘You know I do love Terri Irwin, I love her kids and I love how she’s kept the memory of Steve alive, and respected the work that the two of them had begun and she’s an absolute champion.’ 

Close with the family: 'I was great friends with Steve and his wife and his kids are really important to me. They're beautiful people,' Russell has gushed in the past. Pictured with Bindi   

Close with the family: ‘I was great friends with Steve and his wife and his kids are really important to me. They’re beautiful people,’ Russell has gushed in the past. Pictured with Bindi   

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