Actor Tom Cruise has publically embarrassed girlfriend Penelope Cruz by spectacularly declaring he "always will" love ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

American broadcaster Katie Couric chatted to Cruise over a sushi picnic in Los Angeles' WILL ROGERS STATE PARK for an upcoming DATELINE news special, and the journalist was left convinced his feelings for the actress were "genuine".

In the candid conversation to be broadcast tomorrow (14NOV03), Cruise reveals, "I've always loved Nic and I always will," after which Couric concludes, "He seemed genuine in his hope that she'd find happiness in the future."

In the interview, the movie hunk also credits his ex-wife with being a great mum to their two adopted kids.

He adds, "They have a great life. I wanna be my kids."

13/11/2003 09:06