The fallout from Russell Crowe’s Divorce Auction

Under the guise of paying for his wife’s spousal support, actor Russell Crowe recently promoted and held a very public “Divorce Auction.” He raised $3.7 million by selling memorabilia from his films.  His actions beg the question – why do this?  Most people, and certainly celebrities, value their privacy when it comes to divorce. And yet, Crowe has done the opposite.  It turns out his motivations may be more emotional than financial. 

Crowe has acknowledged that the process was a way to cope with the divorce from someone he has been with for 20 years. “Getting to this point with the divorce, and no matter how amicable a split is, you’ve still got to unwind things at a deep level,” he explained. We all deal with divorce in unique ways and this appears to be his.   His preparation for the auction took a year and was a process he described as “joyful.”  While the public has generally celebrated the divorce auction, providing heavy media coverage, one cannot help but wonder what kind of impact this has had on Crowe’s estranged wife, Danielle Spencer.

What about his wife??

While the auction may have been cathartic for Crowe, it may have been humiliating for her. She is not quoted in the news coverage we reviewed, but some reports assumed she must be happy with the huge financial haul.  In fact, this publicity may have been unwanted and humiliating for her and could have ramifications in the divorce proceedings if this causes her to take an adversarial position.  This is particularly true as the couple has two children

The children...... 

One has to wonder what kind of impact this has on their two sons.  Parents typically try to shield their children from divorce proceedings.  Crowe is seemingly doing the opposite and it has the potential to damage their relationships.  While he may have netted a big payday from the auction, the cost to his estranged wife and two children may end up being very steep.