LATEST: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have shown off their new romance, appearing hand-in-hand on the streets of Rome, Italy.

News of the couple's relationship was unveiled by MINORITY REPORT star Cruise's sister and publicist LEE ANNE DEVETTE, following numerous sightings of the actor wining and dining the DAWSON'S CREEK beauty - and now the loved-up duo have been photographed holding hands in public.

Cruise and Holmes, who are separated by 16 years, are currently enjoying a romantic getaway in Italy, where the actor is scheduled to receive a national award for his contribution to cinema tomorrow (29APR05).

Holmes announced her split from fiance Chris Klein in February (05) and was romantically linked to Josh Hartnett, while Cruise split amicably with Spanish lover Penelope Cruz last year (04) and had reportedly been dating Latina model SOFIA VERGARA.

28/04/2005 17:18