Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: love in the fast lane

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: love in the fast lane

To try to understand one needs to go back to that first overseas trip.

It was to Rome where Katie, a devoted fan of Tom's since her teens, found herself at the centre of a media frenzy, overnight becoming the most famous girlfriend in the world.

Just weeks after their introduction at a business meeting in April 2005, she was his date to the David di Donatello Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars, where Tom was recognised for lifetime achievement.

The actress beamed through the blaze of publicity.

But later she would talk of how something as simple as getting a cup of coffee could turn into a complicated operation as she ran the gamut of the paparazzi