Kylie, Martinez Keep Relationship Quiet

updated 05/21/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/21/2003 01:00PM

While Hollywood continues to frolic in Cannes, Aussie singing sensation Kylie Minogue lit up an awards ceremony an hour away in Monte Carlo, when she showed up at Monday's night's Laureus World Sports Awards on the arm of hunky French actor Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful"), reports PEOPLE.

The new couple didn't stop to speak to reporters but instead strode purposefully into the Grimaldi Forum, where four-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and tennis star Serena Williams top sportswoman.

The awards also served to highlight the work done by the Sport for Good Foundation. "This is one of the more impressive award shows as it celebrates this organization that affects social change through sports," ex-"ER" doc Eriq LaSalle, 40, told PEOPLE. "It is glamorous, but there is a heart to this event."

"Terminator 3" star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who attended with his wife Maria Shriver, won the Sport for Good title for his Inner City Games program. Receiving the award in front of His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, Schwarzenegger, 55, joked, "You see how easy it is for me to say 'Serene Highness' -- I have to say that to my wife every morning. When I heard the royal family were going to be here, I thought the Kennedys were showing up."

Still, most of the table talk Monday night concerned Minogue, 34, and Martinez, 37, who, until now, had only been spotted through long-distance lenses as they rode a London open-topped tourist bus, toured Paris or visited the South of France.

Former "Ally McBeal" actress Portia de Rossi, 30, said she was looking forward to catching up with fellow Australian Minogue. "We grew up about four to five houses apart (in Melbourne) so I would like to chat with her."

Even one of the night's speakers, John McEnroe, 44, tried to get the new couple to comment on their relationship, saying in his opening remarks, "Is that Olivier Martinez and Kylie Minogue ... wow! For once the rumors are true in the newspapers. They have actually said something correct."

Looking directly at the couple, he offered: "You can respond" -- only nothing was heard from the night's enigmatic pair.

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