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Holmes coy about Cruise down the aisle

Actress replies ‘I’m smiling’ when Letterman asks
/ Source: The Associated Press

Katie Holmes took the indirect approach with David Letterman when the talk show host asked if she and beau Tom Cruise have talked about getting hitched.

“I’m smiling, aren’t I?” answered Holmes, who was Letterman’s guest Thursday night on his “Late Show.”

“The wonderful thing is that when we met, it was just like, ‘hi,”’ Holmes said giddily of Cruise, her boyfriend for all of six weeks. “It was instant.”

Holmes wasn’t nearly so effusive when it came to responding to other queries — like the ones about her man being so much older and shorter than she is.

“That’s never crossed my mind,” she told Letterman tersely when he asked about the age difference. Cruise is 42 and Holmes is 26.

The height question was met with puzzled expressions before Holmes finally told the comic that she didn’t know what he was talking about.

The stars’ publicists announced the affair last month. Tabloid newspapers and celebrity gossip columnists have speculated the coupling may have been fabricated to promote their upcoming movies — Holmes’ “Batman” and Cruise’s “War of the Worlds” both open this month.

Cruise became the butt of jokes last month after an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where he repeatedly jumped on the talk-show host’s couch, saying his love for Holmes was “beyond cool.”