Reports of a steamy romance between Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman were true, the pop singer's best friend has accidentally revealed.

Hunky Brit Robbie got Moulin Rouge! actress Nicole to collaborate with him on a version of Frank Sinatra's hit SOMETHIN' STUPID, which shot to the top of the British charts in 2001 - and sparked frenzied reports of a smoldering affair between the two.

Neither star ever commented on the relationship, but Robbie's close friend and former flatmate JONATHAN WILKES has let the truth slip out.

Stage actor Wilkes, who recently donned fishnet stockings to star in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, was lamenting his own lack of high-profile love, and complaining the only famous person he's dated is British ice-skating champ JOANNE CONLEY, when he admitted, "God, I'm so showbiz, me.

"There's my best mate who's snogged everyone from Nicole Kidman to the rest of them, and there's me with Joanne Conley."

02/07/2003 09:21