October 6, 2005

Cruise, Holmes expecting baby

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie star Tom Cruise and his
fianc©e, actress Katie Holmes, are expecting a baby six months
into a whirlwind romance that has turned the once intensely
private Cruise into a giddy and very public lover.

News of the pregnancy was first reported by People magazine
on Wednesday. A statement from Cruise's publicist, his sister
Lee Anne DeVette, added: "Tom and Katie are very excited, and
the entire family is very excited." Holmes, she said, "has
never felt better."

No wedding date for the couple has been set and no details
about the sex of the baby or the due date were available. The
baby would be Cruise's first biological child. He adopted two
children with actress Nicole Kidman before their marriage ended
in divorce in 2001.

Twice-married Cruise, 43, and Holmes, 27, began dating in
mid-April, but far from keeping their relationship low key,
Cruise became the butt of jokes in May after his manic,
couch-jumping appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" declaring
his passion for his new girlfriend.

He proposed to Holmes in June at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
and announced their engagement the next day at a news

The high jinks prompted suspicion that their relationship
was a publicity stunt to promote their summer films -- "War of
the Worlds" for Cruise and "Batman Begins" for Holmes.

Cruise rejected the jibes. "It's amusing at first. It's
funny. But then you sit back and realize how sad it is that
there are people who can't even imagine feeling like this. But
my friends are happy for me. The people who know me are happy.
My mom is happy. My family is happy," he said.

Holmes made her name on the TV show "Dawson's Creek." She
ended a five-year relationship with "American Pie" actor Chris
Klein in early 2005.

Cruise's first marriage, to actress Mimi Rogers, ended in
divorce in 1990. After his divorce from Kidman, he had a
two-year relationship with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz.

Cruise is currently filming the upcoming action movie
"Mission: Impossible III."