"I am not having an affair with nor am I dating Natalie Imbruglia," he tweeted. No flirting, no whispers, total BULLS--T."SEE ALL THE OSCARS PICSAn Australian magazine said that the pair have "a special relationship" and an insider at the Oscars after-party revealed: "She was continually touching his sleeve, giggling and sitting in awe of his every word, and he was lapping up every moment."Russell also mentioned on Twitter that he was working out with the 22-year-old Brit, saying: "Work out with @samanthabarks 4km walk, 30mins elliptical, 4 min prone hold, shoulder routine, lats, bench, Turkish stand [sic]".
He also complimented her before their Oscars performance, saying: "Last tech rehearsals for the Big O [email protected] Barks will be looking amazing tonight, worth tuning in just for that."But Samantha's father, Richard, has denied that there is anything between the pair, saying that they are "simply friends".
The Australian magazine claims, "the firm friends have taken their sizzling chemistry to a new level".
‘It was electric watching them flirt, it was the buzz of the ball.’ To thicken the plot, prior to the performance members of the Les Mis cast put on at the Academy Awards, Russell tweeted his followers complimenting Miss Barks on how she looked.
Rumours were circulating yesterday that the pair were more than friends after they were pictured at the Oscars after-party and exercising together.
The actor wrote on his Twitter: "@Samantha Barks apparently we are an item according to Aussie magazines," Crowe tweeted yesterday.
The pair have posted comments on each other's social media accounts, but is there more than friendship between the celebrities? Irwin wished the Gladiator star a happy birthday via Twitter, saying: 'Thinking of you Russell Crowe, Hope your birthday was wonderful.' last month, while Crowe has affectionately called Irwin 'love' on social media. The 17 year old has made a name for herself as an actor, television presenter, and conservationist.
It has been ten years since Irwin lost her husband Steve, who died when he was struck in the chest by a stingray.