Tom Cruise tells Oprah he's happily married

Fri May 2, 2008 2:17pm EDT
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By Michael Conlon

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tom Cruise returned to the Oprah Winfrey show on Friday and talked about his love for Katie Holmes, but this time he was denying marital problems instead of jumping on the couch to prove his passion for the young actress.

"That's laughable to me," Cruise said when Winfrey told him there was speculation that "what you and Katie have is not real."

It was the first time Cruise appeared on the show since his couch-hopping stunt three years ago drew a flood of satire and ridicule.

"It was something that I just felt that way, and I feel that way about her. That's just how I felt," he said in the interview aired on Friday.

The Hollywood star said he could not articulate "the feeling, the connection," with Holmes and noted their daughter Suri, now 3, was born a year to the day after he met Holmes.

Cruise also was showered with opprobrium after other comments criticizing actress Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressant drugs and for over-medication of children generally. "You've just got to take it in stride," he said.

Winfrey interviewed Cruise at his mountaintop home near Telluride, Colorado, surrounded by the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. The show marked the 25th anniversary of "Risky Business," his breakthrough movie.

Holmes, 29, and Cruise, 45, both greeted Winfrey when she arrived at the sprawling log home, where they gave her moccasins with her name stitched on them waiting in a mud room cubicle marked "Oprah" with a brass plate. Holmes said she loved them both and left them to their interview.   Continued...

<p>Talk show host Oprah Winfrey (L) and actor Tom Cruise are shown in this publicity photo taken April 25, 2008 and released to Reuters April 29, 2008, during an interview for 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' at Cruise's home in Telluride, Colorado. The taped interview will air May 2, 2008, and then Cruise will appear on Winfrey's Chicago set May 5, 2008 to celebrate his 25 years in the film industry since his breakout role in "Risky Business." REUTERS/Copyright 2008 Harpo Productions, Inc./All Rights Reserved/Handout</p>