So much for the whole thing being a publicity stunt. After a whirlwind two-month romance played out mostly in front of the cameras, Tom Cruise popped the question to girlfriend Katie Holmes.
Thankfully, there was no word of jumping up and down. According to reports, the actor did it in style, presenting a ring to his beloved at the top of the Eiffel Tower on Friday morning (June 17).
With both actors in Paris to promote their respective summer blockbusters, Cruise confirmed the joyous news at a press event early Friday morning with a simple, "Yes, I proposed to her. It was early this morning at the Eiffel Tower, so I haven't slept at all. Today is a magnificent day for me; I'm engaged to a magnificent woman."
Also magnificent, apparently, was the "massive" diamond ring on the finger of Holmes, according to The Associated Press. The "Batman Begins" actress, who grew up with a poster of Cruise on her bedroom wall and dreams of marrying the "Top Gun" actor, was described as smiling and blushing as Cruise turned to look at her during the press event for his engagement/movie "War of the Worlds."
Why the Eiffel Tower, other than the fact that Paris was a junket stop for the Steven Spielberg-directed remake of the famous H.G. Wells novel? "I've never been to the Eiffel Tower," said Cruise, 42. "It's Paris, it's a beautiful city, it's very romantic."
|Check out "All Eyes On Tom Cruise" in Overdrive, in which Cruise opens up about Holmes, Scientology and "War of the Worlds."|
No date has been set yet for the wedding, which will be Cruise's third, and the first for Holmes, 26, who was previously engaged to "American Pie" actor Chris Klein. "Dawson's Creek" actress Holmes, who was raised Catholic, has reportedly embraced Scientology, the controversial religion practiced by Cruise.
The actor has said that the religion founded by late science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard has helped him overcome crippling dyslexia, but his recent spate of pronouncements about Scientology's benefits and slamming of actress Brooke Shields over her use of psychiatric drugs to help with postpartum depression have led some to believe that the box-office behemoth is damaging his career.
His unbridled public ebullience over the Holmes relationship — which included a now-infamous visit to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in which he bounced up and down on the couch and slapped the floor while pledging his love to the actress — has also led some to question whether the affair was for real.
But both actors have repeatedly denied that the relationship is part of a publicity campaign for their movies.
Holmes did not talk to reporters during the Paris news conference, but according to the AP, at one point Cruise whispered "Are you OK?" to the actress. The pair were ushered into a car after the brief Paris appearance in order to motor to another promo event in southern France.
Check out "All Eyes On Tom Cruise" in Overdrive, in which Cruise opens up about Holmes, Scientology and "War of the Worlds."
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