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U.S. audiences will get their first look at Tom Cruise in Oblivion on April 19 -- the film which, you may recall, was the movie he was off shooting when Katie Holmes secretly filed for divorce. For Cruise, fame has always come easy, but true love has been a different story. Since he's been single for nearly a year -- a personal Cruise record! -- maybe he's holding out for the love of a lifetime. While he's weighing his options, let's look back at all the women Cruise has dated: from the glamorous, high-profile relationships (Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz) to the surprising secret flings (Cher and Heather Locklear!).
Heather Locklear (Dated 1982)
Relationship highlight: Before Risky Business and The Outsiders catapulted Cruise to heartthrob status, Dynasty star Locklear showed him the Hollywood ropes. "He was new in town, and he was 18 or 19. He didn't know anyone, and so I said I would go to wherever with him," Locklear told USA Today of the romance. Cruise was 20 at the time, and best known for playing a military cadet in Taps.
How it ended: Locklear says it wasn't serious to begin with. "I don't think we kissed. It was more friends," she has admitted. Even more telling: She says that Tom used to call her "ma'am!"
Rebecca De Mornay (Dated 1983-1985)
Relationship highlight: The Risky Business co-stars lived together for two and a half years, after falling in love on set. One Cruise biography claims that the couple was actually getting it on during the film's abandoned-train sex scene!
How it ended: The couple split for unknown reasons. Twenty years later, De Mornay declined an opportunity to throw Cruise under the bus -- but hinted that she had some stories. "Tom Cruise was a boyfriend of mine. We lived together. I can't comment on that stuff publicly 'cause it doesn't help anybody," she told Page Six. "I could tell you more if you weren't a journalist."
Cher (Dated 1985)
Relationship highlight: This odd couple was introduced by -- of all people -- Nancy Reagan. According to Cher, they met at a White House event after the premiere of Risky Business; Cruise was 23, and Cher was 39.
How it ended: Cher and Cruise (pictured here reuniting at a concert in 2002) kept the relationship so private that no one knew about it until 2008. "It was a long, long time ago and neither one of us ever talked about it and I don't know why," Cher told Entertainment Tonight. "When we were together he was such a private person. He always has been until lately. He didn't mention it and I didn't mention it. I loved him though, he was amazing."
Mimi Rogers (Began dating 1986; Married May 9, 1987; Separated December 1989; Divorced February 1990)
Relationship highlight: Actress Mimi Rogers wasn't as big a star as Cruise's next two wives, but she did change his life forever: by introducing him to Scientology. (Rogers, seven years Tom's senior, was raised in the church.)
How it ended: In Going Clear, his book about Scientology, Lawrence Wright says Cruise abruptly left Rogers for Nicole Kidman, with the church's full support. In a 1993 Playboy interview, Rogers claimed that her marriage had been unsatisfying anyway. "Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk...and he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument," she said. "My instrument needed tuning."
Nicole Kidman (Began dating 1990; Married Dec. 24, 1990; Separated February 2001; Divorced August 2001)
Relationship highlight: Kidman and Cruise, who met on the set of Days of Thunder, caused a sensation when they reunited in Eyes Wide Shut. Playing a married couple in crisis, the real-life husband and wife filmed both heated arguments and racy sex scenes. "Our marriage is stronger because of it. And our friendship is deeper because of it. And that’s the way it is," Cruise told Vanity Fair in 1999. One year later, he filed for divorce.
Children: Connor (adopted January 1993), Isabella (adopted February 1995)
How it ended: Kidman called it a "major shock" when Cruise left her after 10 years of marriage. Heartbreakingly, she was pregnant, and suffered a miscarriage just weeks after the separation was announced. "When [my marriage] didn't work out, I had to really dig deep and find my way through depression," Kidman, who now has two daughters with second husband Keith Urban, said in 2012. "But I have no regrets about all of it. It was all a part of growing up."
Penelope Cruz (Dated July 2001 - January 2004)
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Relationship highlight: Cruise had dated his co-stars before -- but never one with the same last name! (Different spellings, but still.) Vanilla Sky director Cameron Crowe recalled watching as Tom and Penelope "fell in love with (each other) on-screen" -- though Cruise was still married to Kidman at the time. The couple went public in August 2001, when Cruise escorted her to the premiere of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. "It was special for me that he wanted to share it with me that way," Cruz told GMA.
How it ended: Tom and Penelope parted amicably after three years. It was later reported that Scientology came between them; RadarOnline claimed that Penelope dumped Tom because Scientology became the "third wheel" in their relationship, while Vanity Fair claimed that Tom dumped Penelope when she wouldn't convert from Buddhism.
Katie Holmes (Began dating April 2005; Married Nov. 18, 2006; Separated June 2012; Divorced July 2012)
Relationship highlight: Was it true love, or just a PR stunt? That was the question that haunted TomKat's romance from its first surprising moments. Even after six years of marriage and a beautiful daughter, they'd never live down the memory of Tom jumping on Oprah Winfrey's couch, maniacally shouting, "I'm in love! I'm in love!"
Children: Suri, born April 2006
How it ended: Tom and Katie's relationship ended just as abruptly as it started. In June 2012, Holmes filed for divorce while Cruise was out of the country; reportedly, she had secretly moved from L.A. to New York and changed her cell phone number in preparation. The divorce was settled quickly and secretly, amid rumors that Tom's controlling ways and devotion to Scientology were to blame.