After years of speculation about their relationship status, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have finally gone public, holding hands for all to see on a beach in Malibu.

But according to reports, their romance actually started on a hot, balmy night in The Hamptons back in August 2013, when sparks flew between the old friends at a charity fundraiser.

And Mirror Online has resurrected adorable footage from that fateful night, which shows Katie crushing hard on her now-boyfriend.

In the clip, Katie, 38, can be seen dancing to N.E.R.D’s She Wants To Move, grabbing Jamie’s hand at every opportunity.

Angling her shoulders towards him, the attraction between the two is clear to see, and images taken later in the evening show the mother-of-one with her arms wrapped around his shoulders.

And a source told Us Weekly that that was the night Jamie “wooed” her.

What’s more, the same publication reported that the “ladies man” then “cut back his roster” to make Katie his only lady.

The pair reportedly went to great lengths to keep their romance under wraps, with Katie said to have been subjected to a five-year ban on public dating by her ex-husband Tom Cruise .

That expired three months ago, which perhaps prompted the Dawson’s Creek actress and her actor boyfriend to make it official.

They were first introduced by Tom at a Washington Redskins game against the Minnesota Vikings in Landover, Maryland in 2006, after the blokes bonded on the set of 2004 movie, Collateral.

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But it wasn’t until August 2013, 14 months after the collapse of her six-year marriage to Tom, that their friendship became something way more flirty in The Hamptons.

But the two needed to work out a way to throw everyone off the scent.

Step one was for Jamie to go on the defensive, branding the gossip “fake news” and labelling the dating reports “hilarious”.

Step two involved wigs, and plenty of them.

Unable to dine at fancy restaurants like normal A-list folk, the pair reportedly resigned themselves to meeting up in the privacy of each others’ homes, with Katie going incognito in a variety of disguises.

In September 2014 she moved back to Los Angeles from New York, presumably to be nearer to the actor and to make their romantic dinners and sleepovers a whole lot easier.

But the cat was out of the bag in March 2015 when a picture surfaced online of them holding hands in a recording studio.

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Jamie immediately tried to dismiss it as just a friendly hangout, telling TMZ, “Oh come on you guys have been trying to make that stick for three years, we’re just friends.

“As a matter of fact Anthony Zuiker, creator of CSI, he offered us an animation project and we’re working on that.”

“They have been trying to do that for three years – just stories I guess. You just have to respect – that’s just part of our lives,” he also said.

But in May 2015, Katie got sloppy and was busted making a seriously soppy phone call to Jamie as she stepped off a flight from New York to LA.

“She called him the minute she got off her plane and said she loved him,” an eyewitness told Us Weekly. “She always gushes about how amazing he is. She says he brings joy into the world.”

However, another unidentified pal conveniently surfaced, and tried to stem the tide by insisting there was nothing going on but the rent.

“This is not some intense romance. Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time. They are two adults who are attractive and single, and so apparently conclusions will be drawn,” the insider said.

Sadly, those declarations were trumped when yet another pal revealed that former ladies man Jamie “cut his roster” for Katie, and another confirmed things were even more serious, telling OK! magazine, “They are using the L word.”

Perhaps getting braver, December 2015 saw Katie attend Jamie’s surprise birthday party in NYC.

But the biggest slip-up came in June 2016, when Jamie’s friend, Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Claudia Jordan, blabbed, “He is very happy with her. I like that he seems very happy.”

She quickly back-tracked though, telling Entertainment Tonight she had “no knowledge of Jamie with Katie at all.”

“I’ve never seen them together. He’s never told me he’s dating her,” she said.

In April this year Katie and Jamie were pictured having dinner together in NYC, and they were spotted leaving a hotel in Paris and boarding the same private jet in May.