Mickey Rourke's heavenly love
Mickey Rourke is smitten with new girlfriend Anastassija Makarenko and says his relationship with her is better than winning awards.
Mickey Rourke's new girlfriend is "a gift from heaven".
The 57-year-old actor - who was nominated but failed to win Best Actor for his performance in 'The Wrestler' at last year's Academy Awards - is besotted with Russian model Anastassija Makarenko and insists their six-month romance has brought him more happiness than career success ever could.
He said: "She's a gift from heaven. Obviously she's a very beautiful woman. But she's got the biggest heart, she's got a great family, she's really close to her mother and father - they're great people.
"I wouldn't trade her in for 20 Academy Awards."
Anastassija has already taken the actor - who recently presented her with a Pomeranian dog named Tango - to Germany to meet her parents and says they have given the romance their blessing.
She told People.com: "They loved him. He's the most beautiful man in the world, he's a sweetheart, and the best boyfriend."
It was recently claimed that Mickey - who has been married twice before - and Anastassija are planning to wed in April.
A source said: "They haven't booked a venue or made any solid plans. He just knows he wants to do it in April, and he's been asking what is involved in a traditional Russian wedding ceremony."
However, the couple refused to comment on the rumours.