LATEST: Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise has angrily hit out at accusations his burgeoning romance with Katie Holmes is a publicity stunt.

Polls in US magazines PEOPLE and US WEEKLY show a majority of both publications' readers are skeptical about the sincerity of the Hollywood couple's relationship.

The American public are dubious about the love affair because both Cruise and Holmes have films released this month (JUN05) - Cruise stars in WAR OF THE WORLDS, while Holmes is in Batman BEGINS.

But Cruise is shocked by the criticism, insisting he is genuinely in love with the sexy actress.

He says of the rumours, "I have to laugh. It's just ridiculous. Something magnificent has happened to me and something extraordinary, and I'm so happy I just can't restrain myself."

Cruise, 42, has been celebrating his love for 26-year-old Holmes during numerous public appearances, most notably on Oprah Winfrey's talk show last month (beg23MAY05).

On Winfrey's programme, Cruise leaped up and down on the host's famous couch shouting "I'm in love! I'm in love!" while laughing manically.

15/06/2005 13:42