A maverick in love! How Tom Cruise has had a string of A-list adorations as he ‘crushes on Angelina Jolie’ – but Hollywood titan was ‘rejected by Princess Diana because he’s too short’

Tom Cruise has been branded a heart-throb by fans throughout his long-spanning career in cinema – and has been the subject of many moviegoers' desires for decades.

But the action star, 61, appears to have had his fair share of crushes as well.

A-listers including Angelina Jolie, Shakira and even Ingrid Bergman are alleged to have won over affections of the actor.

And he has even gone on to date some of the women he set his eyes on – such as Penelope Cruz. 

Here, FEMAIL looks at the leading ladies Tom – whose two-month fling with Russian socialite Elsina Khayrova ended in February – is understood to have had feelings for…

Tom is known to be a big fan of the British royal family - so it is perhaps no wonder that there is understood to have been a potential spark between him and the late Princess Diana. In 1992, when he was married to Nicole Kidman, Tom invited Diana to another London premiere of Far and Away

Tom is known to be a big fan of the British royal family – so it is perhaps no wonder that there is understood to have been a potential spark between him and the late Princess Diana. In 1992, when he was married to Nicole Kidman, Tom invited Diana to another London premiere of Far and Away

PRINCESS DIANA

Tom is known to be a big fan of the British royal family – so it is perhaps no wonder that there is understood to have been a potential spark between him and the late Princess Diana. 

In 1992, when he was married to Nicole Kidman, Tom invited Diana to another London premiere of Far and Away.

However, it has been reported that Diana might not have been quite so enamored with the actor as he was with the royal family. 

Former royal chef Darren McGrady once recalled how Princess Diana said Tom was 'off the list' in terms of dating options because he was 'too short'.

The royal had met with Tom again on the set of Mission: Impossible, and brought Prince Harry and Prince William along. 

ANGELINA JOLIE

Tom reportedly insists that Hollywood star Angelina is his 'perfect match' – according to insiders speaking to Heat World. 

'Tom raves about Ange's intellect and what a strong, impressive woman she is. He loves that she's never really conformed in Hollywood,' the source said.

'Plus, they're both such superstars, only a handful of people can truly understand the life they live. That in itself creates a bond.' 

They also claimed that Angelina has 'seemed more open to getting to know him socially, too'.

The insider added that Tom is understood to be taking it slow with the actress, who split from fellow A-lister Brad Pitt in 2019.

Tom reportedly insists that Hollywood star Angelina (pictured in 2021) is his 'perfect match' - according to insiders speaking to Heat World

Tom reportedly insists that Hollywood star Angelina (pictured in 2021) is his 'perfect match' – according to insiders speaking to Heat World 

SHAKIRA

Last year, amid Shakira's fresh split from Gerard Piqué, she and Tom were snapped themselves at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami.

And according to Page Six, sparks were flying, with a source talking to outlet claiming the action star was 'extremely interested' in pursuing the singer. 

'Shakira needs a soft pillow to fall on, and that could be Tom,' they added, also joking that the 5ft 1' performer 'isn't taller' than 5ft 7' Tom.

Last year, amid Shakira's fresh split from Gerard Piqué, she and Tom were snapped themselves at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami. Shakira and Tom pictured in March

Last year, amid Shakira's fresh split from Gerard Piqué, she and Tom were snapped themselves at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami. Shakira and Tom pictured in March

PENELOPE CRUZ

Tom met Penelope Cruz on the set of Vanilla Sky in 2000 but he insisted the pair didn't begin dating until after his divorce from Nicole the following year.

In a 2003 interview with Marie Claire, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, Tom opened up about the 'little things' he liked to do for the star.

He said: 'She'll come home, and I'll have her favorite kind of food made, have a bath drawn. I like doing stuff like that. She likes my food, so I cook for her. It's always the little things I like in a relationship.'

Tom met Penelope Cruz on the set of Vanilla Sky in 2000 but he insisted the pair didn't begin dating until after his divorce from Nicole the following year

Tom met Penelope Cruz on the set of Vanilla Sky in 2000 but he insisted the pair didn't begin dating until after his divorce from Nicole the following year

And it's clear that the beginning buds of romance were blossoming on set. Reflecting  on their relationship in a 2002  interview with Vanity Fair, Tom said: 'As a person and on film, she invites you in, and she's incredibly romantic,' he says, quietly and seriously, furrowing his brow.

'And yet you know? She's beautiful. She's a very skilled actress, but has an effortless quality about her. You look at Audrey Hepburn. She had that kind of elegance and yet was accessible.'

The pair eventually went their separate ways in 2004. 

INGRID BERGMAN

Ingrid Bergman is known for her timeless talent and Old Hollywood glamour – and it would appear Tom thinks so too.

The actor has in past told People Magazine that the actress is his first ever crush, after seeing her in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Notorious. 

In it, she plays the daughter of a German war criminal enlisted by a US government agent to help infiltrate a circle of Nazis who fled to Brazil after World War II. 

Ingrid Bergman is known for her timeless talent and Old Hollywood glamour - and it would appear Tom thinks so too. Pictured in the 1946 movie Notorious

Ingrid Bergman is known for her timeless talent and Old Hollywood glamour – and it would appear Tom thinks so too. Pictured in the 1946 movie Notorious 

… AND IT GOES BOTH WAYS!

However, as much as the actor seems to have worn his heart on his sleeve, it appears that there has been no shortage of A-listers who have had a crush on him too.

As reported by Huffington Post, Tom's ex-wife Katie Holmes had even once admitted that he was her childhood crush, who she thought she was 'going to marry'.

Elsewhere earlier this year, Tom was said to be 'flattered' that Irina Shayk has placed him at the top of her list of potential new boyfriends – but dating the Hollywood star may be a mission too impossible for the supermodel, with insiders revealing he has no plans to date after splitting from his ex.

Cruise reportedly landed on Russian bombshell Shayk's list of suitors following her on-off, six-month fling with seven-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady.

As reported by Huffington Post , Tom's ex-wife Katie Holmes had even once admitted that he was her childhood crush, who she thought she was 'going to marry'

As reported by Huffington Post , Tom's ex-wife Katie Holmes had even once admitted that he was her childhood crush, who she thought she was 'going to marry'

But while charmed by her apparent interest in him, an insider told DailyMail.com that Cruise is focusing his attention on movie making and is taking a much needed break from dating after his two-month fling with Russian socialite Elsina Khayrova ended in February.

'Tom is flattered that someone as beautiful as Irina would consider him relationship material – but as much as he is flattered, Tom's first love is making movies, and that is going to take up most of his time,' they said.

'Whoever he does eventually get involved with will have to deal with that.

'Would he ever meet Irina and see if sparks were to fly? Anything is possible, but Tom and Irina ever dating would lean towards the impossible.'

Meanwhile, in December, Rebecca Ferguson told The Times that she had a crush om him 'by the time she saw him star in Interview with the Vampire'. Tom and Rebecca pictured together in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Meanwhile, in December, Rebecca Ferguson told The Times that she had a crush om him 'by the time she saw him star in Interview with the Vampire'. Tom and Rebecca pictured together in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Rebecca, pictured in February, is among the celebrities who has admitted to crushing on Tom Cruise

Rebecca, pictured in February, is among the celebrities who has admitted to crushing on Tom Cruise

DailyMail.com contacted reps for Cruise and Shayk for comment at the time.

Last week, it was also reported that Shayk had taken a shining to Cruise, with an insider telling Page Six: 'Irina is looking in Europe and in the USA.

'She is shopping, but her dating pool is a tiny group of people. She needs famous, good looking and money. How many of those are there? Five, 10?'

Meanwhile, in December, Rebecca Ferguson told The Times that she had a crush om him 'by the time she saw him star in Interview with the Vampire'.

'It's certainly a weird film, and I told him when we worked together that I had a big crush. I'm sure he was delighted! Who wouldn't be?' she added.

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