R+B singer Amerie had mixed emotions when Katie Holmes become engaged to Tom Cruise, because she felt sorry for the Wonder Boys beauty's ex-fiance Chris Klein despite feeling happy for her friend.

Holmes and the 1 THING star quickly became pals after meeting on the set of 2004 movie FIRST DAUGHTER, and Amerie was surprised to discover Holmes had moved on from her American Pie lover so quickly.

Amerie says, "The last time I called her and left a message was a few months ago, and it was to congratulate her on her engagement to actor Chris Klein, so it seems really weird to leave a message now saying, 'Congratulations on your engagement to Tom.

"I bet Chris feels absolutely terrible. I feel so sorry for the guy. It's all been so quick, but (Katie's) been in love with (Cruise) since she was a little girl, so imagine how she feels now that she's marrying him."

Holmes dated Klein for five years until they split earlier this year (FEB05), and announced her engagement to Cruise just four months later (JUN05).