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Are Russell Crowe's friends worried about his weight? That's the claim coming from a tabloid, which is featuring a rather mean-spirited piece in its current issue. Gossip Cop is told the story is untrue.

"Russell Piling On Pounds," reads the headline in OK!, which cruelly begins its report by writing, "Someone needs to tell Russell Crowe that yo-yoing is for kids." The tabloid notes that the actor "gained weight" for The Nice Guys, then "shed about fifty pounds," only to "bulk up even more for Boy Erased." And now, "friends are worried," contends the gossip magazine.

A so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "He never dropped all the weight from before, and now he's close to 300 pounds. He swears this is his last 'heavy role,' and that he'll go on a sensible eating plan after." The outlet and its supposed source, however, predict that "losing [weight] is easier said than done" for Crowe. "His metabolism isn't what it used to be, and he gets tired very quickly," asserts the "insider."

"He could be at risk for health problems" continues the publication's alleged tipster, who adds, "Russell's eating everything in sight. He may need to do something drastic to lose the weight this time." Neither the "insider" nor the magazine say what that "something" might be. But it's odd that someone, if he or she were truly concerned for Crowe's well-being, would talk about such serious, private matters with a tabloid.

It is true that Crowe's weight has fluctuated over the years. And it is also true that one's metabolism slows down with age, making it harder to lose weight. But even the outlet admits that the changes in the Oscar winner's size have been for roles. What the publication doesn't mention, though, is that purposeful weight gain and loss in these circumstances is typically done with the aid of professionals. If a star needs to gain or lose weight for a role, he or she is usually assigned a nutritionist and fitness trainer to make sure the pounds are added or lost in a safe and healthy way. OK! is making it seem like Crowe is simply being reckless when that's not actually the case.

Gossip Cop is told by a Crowe contact, who did not wish to be identified, that he knows the importance of taking care of his health. And, adds our source, no one close to him who really cared about the matter would bring this up with a gossip outlet. This isn't the first suspect tale to emerge about Crowe's weight over the years. All the way back in 2010, for example, we busted the publication's sister tabloid, the National Enquirer, for outrageously claiming Robin Hood producers had to "shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars to erase his bulging gut via digital photography." Much like this new report, that story was also false. Perhaps these magazines should stop trying to body-shame the actor and just leave him be.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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