Penelope cruz and javier bardem still dating
A sure sign that their relationship was about to move up a gear was Javier's romantic declaration of love for his girlfriend in his acceptance speech for his beat actor trophy at the close of Cannes.
"I owe you a lot and I love you so much," he told Penelope, without taking his eyes off her for a moment.
They are the Brad and Angelina of Spain – the country's most heavyweight acting couple.
But despite the huge public interest in Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the extremely private pair have chosen to conduct their romance out of the spotlight.
She was praised for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009), receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each.
And when Robin Williams read out the name of the best supporting actress winner Monique, the camera focused in on Penelope, revealing she had been waiting for the result with Javier's hand firmly in her own The usually camera-shy lovers were completely transformed when they attended an LA Lakers basketball match a few months later.
Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón (1992).
Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000).
Reports in the Spanish press claimed Penelope was three months pregnant with a little brother or sister for baby Leo Two months later the couple had some more good news to share.
Their representative confirmed that Penelope was four-and-a-half months pregnant with their first baby.
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The lovebirds were pictured laughing and smiling together at the ceremony – the first time they've been out together at a major event on home turf at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.