Penelope Cruz has been spotted kissing and cuddling fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem, just months after laughing off reports the pair are dating. The couple, who are in talks to star in upcoming movie musical Nine together, were photographed emracing in the sea during a romantic vacation in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Cruz and Bardem were also "very touchy-feely" at the New York Film Festival recently, according to An onlooker tells the website: "They held hands when they thought no one was watching, and she kissed his cheek, and he put his arm around her." However, in July (07), Cruz was adamant her relationship with Barden was purely platonic, dismissing speculation of any romance: "It's not true. He's a friend and the best actor in the world."