Cruise Says Katie Holmes Romance Is Real

Tom Cruise (search) insisted Tuesday that his romance with movie actress Katie Holmes (search) is the real thing.

Ahead of the European premier of "War of the Worlds (search)" in Berlin, Cruise said speculation — by tabloid newspapers and celebrity gossip columns — that the romance is a stunt to promote their new films was absurd.

"Come on, it's just ridiculous," said Cruise, who is 42. "Something magnificent has happened to me. ... She's really an extraordinary woman and I'm really, really happy."

Cruise said Holmes, 26, was arriving in Berlin later Tuesday for an event the next day to plug her film "Batman Begins (search)." The pair was to travel together on Wednesday to Rome, where they were first photographed together in April.