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Cruise pops the question

Paris, June 17 (Reuters): Filmstar Tom Cruise has asked girlfriend Katie Holmes to marry him, he announced on Friday, ending weeks of speculation over whether Hollywood’s hottest couple would wed.

Appearing with Holmes at a Paris news conference, the 42-year-old explained how he had chosen the Eiffel Tower in the city of romance to make his move.

“Yes I proposed to Kate last night... because it is very beautiful and romantic here,” Cruise said, clarifying later that the engagement had actually begun in the early hours today.

Smiling and exchanging glances with Holmes, who was sitting in the audience, he added: “I haven’t slept all night. It’s very exciting and very beautiful.”

Cruise was in Paris to promote his latest blockbuster, War of the Worlds.

Holmes, 26, has also been trotting the globe for her film Batman Begins. “So happy,” said the actor, sporting a large engagement ring.

Media attention on the couple has been intense since they revealed their relationship in April, and both have been prepared to discuss it openly in interviews and on red carpets.

That openness has even led to speculation that the relationship was a stunt to promote their films, a notion both have been swift to dismiss.

Cruise has been married twice before, to Mimi Rogers and later to Nicole Kidman, with whom he adopted two children.

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