Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

But honestly there was no sex

Melissa Gilbert has opened up about her brief romance with Tom Cruise before he became a movie star.

The former Little House on the Prairie actress enjoyed a number of high-profile relationships when she was younger, dating stars like John Cusack, Scott Baio, Rob Lowe and rocker Billy Idol.

Gilbert wrote about many of her former lovers in a 2010 autobiography, but she has rarely mentioned her fling with young Cruise until now.

In a candid interview on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live, she confirmed long-running rumours that she dated the Top Gun star, revealing, "It's true. Actually when I dated him he was still (his real name) Tom Mapother. It was when he first moved to L.A. and I think I was 16, maybe 17.

"I did not have sex with him, we made out. But honestly there was no sex. He was a good kisser. But you know, he was a struggling, starving actor and I was working. I actually bought him his first set of dishes".

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