Melissa Gilbert Revealed Whether or Not Tom Cruise Was a Good Kisser

Back in the day, Melissa Gilbert dated a now A-list celebrity who was just starting out at the time. While their relationship didn’t go anywhere, she did report that he was a good kisser and shared the interesting gift she bought the then-struggling actor.

Rob Lowe, Melissa Gilbert, Michelle Meyrink, and Tom Cruise attend a screening of the telefilm 'In The Custody of Strangers' 1982
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Melissa Gilbert said Tom Cruise was a good kisser but she didn’t have sex with him

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, the Little House on the Prairie star was asked if it was true that she dated Tom Cruise when she was a teen.

Gilbert confirmed that they dated — and it was before he was even known as Tom Cruise. “Actually, when I dated him he was Tom Mapother still,” she explained. “It was when he first moved to Los Angeles and I think I was … 16 maybe or 17?”

Host Andy Cohen pointed out that Cher had dated Cruise and called him “one of the best lovers she’s ever had,” so of course he wanted to know if Gilbert’s experience was the same. Given her age at the time, she said, that their relationship wasn’t sexual, but noted he had skills as a “good kisser.”

“I did not have sex with him. We made out, but honestly, there was no sex,” Gilbert answered. “He was a good kisser, but you know, he was like a struggling, starving actor and I was working.”

She also shared that, since he was getting started in the business and was cash-strapped that she gave him a pretty unique and practical gift. “I actually bought him his first set of dishes,” she noted.

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Melissa Gilbert had a relationship with Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe and Gilbert famously dated for years and they reportedly broke up when she was pregnant with his child and she had a miscarriage.

In her book Prairie Tales she wrote about the painful time. “We broke up. It ran its course,” she told Today in 2009. “I think we were just too young.

Following her miscarriage, she wrote, “I had lost my baby and my relationship with Rob … and it hurt like hell.”

Gilbert dished about their relationship in her book, so Cohen was curious about Lowe’s reaction to her memoir. She said he only asked that she not refer to him as “pretty.”

When asked during the interview about her thoughts on Lowe’s book, in which he barely devoted any ink to Gilbert, she quipped, “Did he write a book? … I don’t know … maybe someone wrote it for him?”

Gilbert said she would punch this actor

During her Watch What Happens Live appearance, Gilbert revealed during a game called “Melissa Spill-bert” that she still holds a grudge about one celebrity.

In her book, Gilbert shared the details of Shannen Doherty having a one-night stand with her first husband, Bo Brinkman, so Cohen wondered what she would say to her if Gilbert saw her on the street.

“I wouldn’t say anything, I’d just punch her in the nose,” Gilbert responded.