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Russell Crowe enjoys scooter ride in Rome with girlfriend – after taking pictures in Sistine Chapel


He caused a stir on social media earlier this week when he shared photos he took inside the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, despite photography being banned. 

But on Thursday, Russell Crowe appeared to brush off the backlash by enjoying a fun day of sightseeing in Rome with his American girlfriend, Britney Theriot.   

The New Zealand-born Gladiator star, 58, was seen riding around Rome on a scooter alongside Britney, 31, before signing autographs for fans. 

Scooting off the backlash! Russell Crowe enjoyed a scooter ride in Rome with girlfriend Britney Theriot on Thursday after coming under fire for taking pictures in the Sistine Chapel

Scooting off the backlash! Russell Crowe enjoyed a scooter ride in Rome with girlfriend Britney Theriot on Thursday after coming under fire for taking pictures in the Sistine Chapel 

The couple hopped on a pair of Lime scooters for some fun in the sun, with the Hollywood star keeping cool in a pair of shorts and a black T-shirt. 

He teamed the sporty look with blue runners and a pair of gold aviator shades.  

Actress-turned-real estate agent Britney meanwhile, looked chic in a white singlet with a long beige skirt and a Fendi bag across her shoulders. 

Actress-turned-real estate agent Britney looked chic in a white singlet with a long beige skirt and a Fendi bag across her shoulders

Actress-turned-real estate agent Britney looked chic in a white singlet with a long beige skirt and a Fendi bag across her shoulders

She patiently waited for Russell as he signed autographs for fans as the pair left their hotel

She patiently waited for Russell as he signed autographs for fans as the pair left their hotel 

She patiently waited for Russell as he signed autographs for fans as the pair left their hotel.

Russell left social media users unimpressed earlier this week when he revealed he had taken photos inside the Sistine Chapel during a private tour.

The actor is currently in Rome filming the movie The Pope’s Exorcist and paid a visit to the Vatican during his trip where he shared several photos from inside the world-famous chapel while on a private tour.

Russell left social media users unimpressed earlier this week when he revealed he had taken photos inside the Sistine Chapel during a private tour

Russell left social media users unimpressed earlier this week when he revealed he had taken photos inside the Sistine Chapel during a private tour

Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel to prevent camera flashes from damaging the artwork

Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel to prevent camera flashes from damaging the artwork

Photography is not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel to prevent camera flashes from damaging the artwork, with some appearing to suggest Russell’s celebrity status may have been part of his flouting the rules.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Russell shared his snaps from the tour and wrote: ‘I’m not sure there’s a more special privilege in the world than to hold the key for the Sistine Chapel and to experience it’s glory in silence.’ 

Discussing his trip to the Vatican in further detail, he added: ‘A very special experience as a family yesterday. Got to walk through the Vatican Museum by ourselves. Amazing.

The actor is currently in Rome filming the movie The Pope's Exorcist and paid a visit to the Vatican during his trip where he shared several photos from inside the world-famous chapel while on a private tour

The actor is currently in Rome filming the movie The Pope’s Exorcist and paid a visit to the Vatican during his trip where he shared several photos from inside the world-famous chapel while on a private tour

‘My mum had walked these corridors with my father 20+ years ago with the thousands of tourist that flock here daily and make it the third most popular museum globally.

‘We were given access to rooms, perspectives and parts of the collection you don’t get to see as a regular tourist.

‘As we squeezed into a tiny private elevator and ascended to a balcony few get to see, she squeezed my hand and said ‘I wish your father was here.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Russell shared his snaps from the tour and wrote: 'I'm not sure there's a more special privilege in the world than to hold the key for the Sistine Chapel and to experience it's glory in silence'

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Russell shared his snaps from the tour and wrote: ‘I’m not sure there’s a more special privilege in the world than to hold the key for the Sistine Chapel and to experience it’s glory in silence’

‘We stepped on to the balcony, a majestic sweeping view of Rome. From somewhere in the Vatican we could hear the Swiss Guard band rehearsing.’

Several Twitter users responded to Russell’s post, asking how he managed to get away with taking photos inside the chapel.

One wrote: ‘No photos allowed though,’ while another said: ‘You can take photos where the rest of us mere mortals aren’t allowed.’

Several Twitter users responded to Russell's post, asking how he managed to get away with taking photos inside the chapel

Several Twitter users responded to Russell’s post, asking how he managed to get away with taking photos inside the chapel

Another added: ‘Did you get special permission to take photos at Sistine Chapel?’

One user wrote: ‘I was there last month but it was so packed and strictly no photos allowed. I suppose we are not all gladiators.’

On Monday, Russell took his kids on a tour of his ‘old office’, the Colosseum in the Italian capital.

The actor, who famously starred as Maximus in Sir Ridley Scott’s iconic film Gladiator in 2000, returned to his roots two decades later with his sons in tow.

Sharing a group snap to his Twitter account, Russell posed with his girlfriend Britney Theriot, 31, and his sons Charles, 18, and Tennyson, 16, outside the ancient amphitheatre.

On Monday, Russell took his kids on a tour of his 'old office', the Colosseum in the Italian capital. The actor, who famously starred as Maximus in Sir Ridley Scott's iconic film Gladiator in 2000, returned to his roots two decades later with his sons in tow

On Monday, Russell took his kids on a tour of his ‘old office’, the Colosseum in the Italian capital. The actor, who famously starred as Maximus in Sir Ridley Scott’s iconic film Gladiator in 2000, returned to his roots two decades later with his sons in tow

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