Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are in a relationship, their publicists have confirmed.
Cruise and Holmes have been dating for a few weeks
Holmes, 26, of TV show Dawson's Creek and films Wonder Boys and Phone Booth, is 16 years younger than Cruise.
The Mission Impossible and Top Gun star, 42, split from Penelope Cruz last year.
He was previously married to actresses Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers. He and Holmes were spotted together in Rome, where he will get an award on Friday.
Cruise is being given the David di Donatello lifetime achievement award.
Cruise's publicist, his sister Lee Anne DeVette, said he and Holmes had been dating for a few weeks, which was confirmed by Holmes' spokesman.
He was married to Australian actress Kidman for more than 10 years, separating in 2001. They adopted two children and share custody of them.
He went on to date actress Cruz for three years, splitting with her in March 2004.
Holmes recently split with American Pie actor Chris Klein, calling off their engagement after five years together.
She began her acting career at the age of 17, hitting fame with her starring role as Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek.
She managed to combine her role in the TV series with critically acclaimed roles in indie films, and since the show ended in 2003 has become one of the hottest young talents in Hollywood.
She will star opposite Christian Bale in Batman Begins, set for release this summer.
Cruise meanwhile will next be seen in the remake of War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg.
He is also working on the third Mission Impossible film, which has hit snags following the departure of several directors.