Date: 24th August 2001
Hollywood's former golden couple TOM CRUISE and NICOLE KIDMAN came face-to-face for the first time since their divorce - and she came out on top. Tom and new love PenÚlope Cruz bumped into Kidman and a mystery man at a RADIOHEAD concert.
The red-head decided the proper way to handle the situation was to make her ex-husband jealous. She threw the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE star a smile, then planted a kiss on the stranger.
An onlooker said, "You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. " Organisers at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL had deliberately placed the ex- couple at opposite ends of the vast venue. Their plans fell apart when they both happened to wander into the VIP area.
The witness continued, "Tom, Penelope and two bodyguards went backstage to join celebs like BRAD PITT, but they unexpectedly bumped into Nicole and her man. Tom turned white and Penelope looked as though she was shaking. Nicole was unruffled, though. She made eye contact with Tom, smiled and planted a sexy kiss on her date. " (ACW/WNTST/KMW)