Tom Cruise has dispelled persistent rumours his marriage to Katie Holmes is crumbling behind closed doors, insisting he's incredibly happy with their "very special" relationship.
The Mission: Impossible star began dating Holmes in 2005 and he famously jumped up and down on Oprah Winfrey's TV couch as he professed his undying love for his new girlfriend, just weeks into their whirlwind romance. They welcomed daughter Suri in April 2006 and wed later that year (06).
Recent tabloid reports suggest the couple is on the verge of a split - but the actor has brushed off the speculation by gushing about his wife and admitting he's still mesmerised by everything she does.
Cruise reveals he felt an instant attraction to the former Dawson's Creek star the moment he met her - and just laying eyes on her brings a smile to his face every day.
He tells Playboy magazine, "She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you'd see it. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity. She's funny and charming, and when she walks into the room, I just feel better."
And the Hollywood actor reveals he keeps their chemistry alive by organising intimate meals to give the pair time to bond.
He adds, "I'm a romantic. I like doing things like creating romantic dinners, and she enjoys that. I don't know what to say - I'm just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special."