Nicole Kidman refuses to let gossip about her relationship with millionaire producer STEVE BING stop their burgeoning friendship.

The Moulin Rouge! star has blasted reports she's romancing Bing, the father of Elizabeth Hurley's son DAMIEN.

But Kidman has been enjoying spare time in her native Australia, since the collapse of EUCALYPTUS, the movie she was due to make with Russell Crowe, so has spent it with Bing, regardless of the romance rumours.

She says, "He's a friend, look, he came here for a weekend and we played some golf with my brother-in-law who, may I say, got cut out of the photographs used in the papers much to his chagrin.

"We played golf and I showed Steve around Sydney, that was it."

08/04/2005 14:06