OSCAR-winner Nicole Kidman and rocker Lenny Kravitz are keeping their burgeoning romance private to avoid upsetting their respective children, according to pals

The Hours beauty Nicole - who is currently renting Kravitz's New York apartment - has been spotted in the company of the ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY? singer on numerous occasions, but both have refused to confirm reports they are dating.

However, pals of the duo, who attended a wine tasting in New York earlier this week (ends03OCT03), claim the pair are definitely an item, but wish to shield their children from any unwanted publicity.

A source close to Tom Cruise's ex-wife confirms, "They are definitely going out."

Kidman has two adopted children with Cruise - ISABELLA and CONOR - and Kravitz has a daughter ZOE by former wife Lisa Bonet.

The friend adds, "I think they are both trying to be sensitive to the kids."

01/10/2003 13:59