updated 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Cain, who met McCready at a concert in spring '97, "was completely enthralled," says his pal Lois & Clark regular Justin Whalin. Faster than you can say "Look! Up in the sky," the romance took off. She dedicated her recent album, If I Don't Stay the Night, to him. He directed two of her videos. And, says her friend, "they had these two great little dogs together that had puppies."
But apparently they never set a definite wedding date—"I thought that was kind of weird," says Cain's friend, stockbroker Dave Wilson—and professional stress may have tugged them apart. An aspiring actress, McCready "had let her career slide a bit," says her friend. "I think she realized, 'I can't just be here for him all the time.' " As for the ex-Superman, "He'll be okay," says Victor McGauley, associate producer of Cain's upcoming ABC-TV film Futuresport. "He's a strong guy."