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Sam vents paparazzi fury

Although he hasn't been shy of showing his affections for girlfriend *Lara Bingle *in public, *WA *-raised Hollywood heavyweight *Sam Worthington *has refused to speak publicly about his "private life" and made that clear in a forthright interview with GQ Australia magazine.

Fronting the cover of the magazine's May issue, the *Rockingham *-reared actor brushed off questions about his high-profile relationship with the bikini model, although he did hint that things were going well.

"She's a good partner in crime, we balance each other out," he told the magazine. Then refusing to confirm whether or not the pair were married he said: "My private life stays private."

Speculation has been rife in the past few months that the pair had secretly tied the knot while Worthington was filming the Robert Connolly-directed project Paper Planes in WA late last year.

And those rumours reached fever pitch recently when footage emerged of Worthington in New York shortly after a run-in with a paparazzo, where he is seen referring to Bingle as his "wife".

One topic that Worthington was vocal about was the pack of ruthless paparazzi that shadow the couple on an almost daily basis, regardless of whether they're out and about on the streets of New York, Paris or Sydney.

"My life at the moment is to have a bunch of parasites follow us around for personal and monetary gain," he said. "They photograph us shopping or getting a pizza delivered. OK, it's a by-product of my job but I don't need to play their game. It gets under my skin when they yell abuse at my girl, just to get a rise out of her. That's too much. We handle it by being quiet and getting on with our day-to-day stuff, but of course I'm protective of Lara. All we want is a little space for ourselves."

The interview with GQ Australia took place two weeks before he was arrested in February for allegedly assaulting a photographer.

The West Australian

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