Date: 17th April 2001
Hollywood superstar KEVIN COSTNER has secretly married a blonde model young enough to be his daughter in a chapel in Italy.
Costner, 46, has reportedly tied the knot with CHRISTINE BAUMGARTEN, 26, having his 13-year-old son, JOE as his best man after being swept up in the romanticism associated with the area of Tuscany. "He fell under the spell of that lovely area," a friend said who said the pair got married "on impulse".
According to Britain's DAILY STAR newspaper, the pal adds, "The marriage won't be legally recognised in America until he takes out a license there. He's now telling pals and family to get ready for a Stateside ceremony."
Kevin's first marriage to CINDY SILVA lasted 16 years but ended in a bitter divorce costing him $75 million (£50 million) after they split in 1994.
The THIRTEEN DAYS (2000) star has been linked with beauties COURTENEY COX Arquette, MIRA SORVINO, NAOMI CAMPBELL and ELLE MACPHERSON but has been dating Christine for the past year, describing their relationship as his first "serious" love affair in the past six years. (TH/WNTST/MCM)