But it was never just gossip-mongers who had something to say; a previously tight-lipped Cruise slackened his jaw considerably when he fell under Holmes' spell. One jump on Oprah Winfrey's couch and things would never be the same.
As the couple part ways, we look back at their very public declarations of affection:
A Childhood Crush
Perhaps one of the sweetest sentiments Holmes ever expressed about her husband came before the two even met. In an interview for the October 2004 issue of Seventeen magazine, the actress revealed her childhood crush on the "Top Gun" actor. "I think every little girl dreams about her wedding," Holmes said. "I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise." Holmes later confirmed her feelings on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," saying, "I'm glad I was a big dreamer."
Speaking of that infamous sofa-storming episode of the syndicated talk show, Cruise had plenty of accolades for his new, younger girlfriend, whom he'd only been dating for a few weeks. "I'm in love. And it's one of these things, where it's like, you know, you wanna be cool. ... That's not me ... I admired her and I thought I wanted to meet her. And I called her. ... She's an extraordinary woman," he said. "She cares about other people ... and she has a real joy about life."
Holmes traveled to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival sans Cruise as the actor was busy filming the action film "Knight and Day" with co-star Cameron Diaz. When asked whether she ever fretted over her husband's dangerous scenes, Holmes replied that she had the utmost faith in his capabilities. "He's such a pro, and he's great at it," she said. "He prepares really well, and that's what he does. He does it right, and it's cool, so I get excited. I'm like, 'Wow! That's my husband!' "
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with Cruise in 2010 while promoting his film "Valkyrie," talk turned to the actor's vocal stylings and whether he ever serenaded Holmes with a little "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," à la "Top Gun." "Not nightly. but I'll bring it out when I need to," Cruise said with a grin. "Not that she needs it, but she likes a little bit of that. It's what you need and what you want. I'm here to deliver what she needs and what she wants."
"Rock of Ages" Recommendation
Holmes must have enjoyed Cruise's serenading more than he led on, because the "Rock of Ages" star admitted his main motivation for joining the movie musical was Holmes' insistence. "Kate kept saying, 'You've got to make a musical.' The dancing of ['Tropic Thunder' character] Les Grossman is inspired because Kate is a dancer, she sings, and she would take us to [dance classes]," he revealed. "[She would say] 'I've got this dance class for the family. Come on we've got to do it, we've got hip-hop class, we've got to do it.' "
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