Star People: I Feel So Lucky in Love; Gorgeous Spanish Star Penelope Cruz Tells IVAN WATERMAN How She's Very Happy with Her Career, Her Family - and Her Life as Tom Cruise's Leading Lady
Byline: IVAN WATERMAN
Rumours have been flying around for weeks about the state of Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz's relationship.
Some reports suggest the pair are so busy with various projects that they've had little time to see each other. There has even been gossip that the couple will shortly announce their break-up.
But today Penelope, 29, looks happy and radiant. And as sunshine bursts through into the lounge of the villa where she's holding court, she has every reason to smile because, as she says, she is feeling lucky in love.
Looking down at her hands, the Spanish star - who met Tom on the set of Vanilla Sky and fell in love after he'd made the break from Nicole Kidman - jokingly says she's looking for her love line.
She's just finished filming the French costume drama Fanfan La Tulipe, in which her character Adeline claims to be able to read palms. "Well, she can't and neither can I," Penelope says with a grin. "So, I can't tell you how long my love lines are. But I do know this - I feel lucky about love, so far!"
So does that mean she'll be walking down the aisle with Tom in the near future, making her wife number three after actress Mimi Rogers and Nicole?
Penelope is coy, refusing even to mention Tom by name. Instead she offers: "I am just happy with the way I am, the way things have gone for me. Some people imagine I must be very grand because of my associations with Hollywood. But I don't think I have changed and I know I am not going to change.
"I suppose I get more cautious, more suspicious because of this interest in me. I just handle it the best way I can. But before all of this I led a private life. No matter how difficult things get, I shall continue to have a private life."
One major area that she's often questioned on is religion. Tom belongs to the controversial Church of Scientology, whose followers believe in reincarnation, and is already said to be urging her to become a convert.
Penelope was raised a Catholic, but became a Buddhist at 18. "I do not define myself by my religion," she says. "There are people who criticise Tom's religion but they usually know nothing about it. I respect his beliefs."
Penelope now divides her time between a home in Madrid and Cruise's place in Beverly Hills. Friends say she has no intention of moving to California full-time. She's close to her proud family who live in Madrid near the working-class suburb of Alcobendas where she was brought up. …