Dominic West & Lily James were almost certainly having an on-set affair in Rome

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Dominic West, Catherine FitzGerald and Lily James are in a giant mess. Dominic and Catherine have been married for ten years, and they have three young children together. Dominic, as it turns out, has a lot of ideas about how fidelity isn’t all that important. Not only does he cheat, he’s incredibly indiscreet about it. He was photographed openly canoodling with Lily James in Rome, in photos which were taken over the weekend. The photos were published Monday morning, and by Monday evening, Dominic had flown back to England to see his wife. Tuesday morning, Catherine and Dominic stepped outside of their home, posed for kissy photos and Dominic told the paparazzo, “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.” He even wrote it down and the paparazzo took a photo of the hand-written note.

I honestly don’t even have words for all of this upper-class f–kery. But for context, I found this E! News story interesting – E! obviously spoke to the photographer who grabbed the photos of Lily and Dominic in Rome, and that photog is apparently being called an “eyewitness.” LOL. But still, this thing between Dominic and Lily… it’s not a misunderstanding. It’s a full-blown affair.

Paparazzi captured numerous photos of The Pursuit of Love stars in a heated embrace, one of which shows Dominic kissing Lily’s neck. An eyewitness tells E! News that Dominic, who is married to Catherine FitzGerald, engaged in plenty of PDA with his co-star during a lunch with their friend and manager, Angharad Wood. “At the end of lunch Lily sat next to Dominic and he couldn’t resist kissing her neck and stroking her,” the source describes. “They then visited the nearby church and Dominic placed his hand on Lily’s butt.”

Prior to their rendezvous with Angharad, Lily, 31, and Dominic, 50, did a bit of sightseeing around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra, according to the insider. And if their weekend getaway wasn’t romantic enough, the eyewitness says Lily and Dominic rode around Rome on an electric scooter, à la Lizzie and Paolo in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

The insider adds that the pair spent the rest of the evening at the centrally-located Hotel de la Ville, where they stayed in a suite with a panoramic view for their two-night trip. And when it came to their goodbye, the source describes a tender farewell, sharing how the two actors shared a long embrace and many kisses before parting.

Lily and Dominic are currently working together on the set of the period drama The Pursuit of Love. The Cinderella star is playing the lead role of Linda Radlett, but it’s unclear if Dominic plays one of Linda’s three suitors.

[From E! News]

“…The eyewitness says Lily and Dominic rode around Rome on an electric scooter, à la Lizzie and Paolo in The Lizzie McGuire Movie…” Imagine using this as a frame of reference, OMFG!!! But also, yeah – this is an “on set” affair. Dominic left his wife and kids at home while he flew to Rome to make a movie, and he quickly started banging his younger costar (incidentally, West is playing her father in the movie!!). I mean, maybe his marriage IS fine, maybe they have an open marriage or whatever. But it still sucks. You can be in an open marriage and still not do THIS. Humiliate and embarrass your wife, leave your mistress exposed to social, media and career repercussions, all so you could get your rocks off with some strange.

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  1. Bishg says:

    Nothing in the world could ever convince me to step out for paparazzi and making a fool of myself by standing beside my cheating husband (even if I had already turned several blind eyes on his debauchery). His smug smile
    makes me want to puke. His wife has nothing to gain in this situation.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, that photo shoot was insane to me.

      • Em says:

        I see the handwritten note as basically some form of legal statement. As in, she is getting evidence of their relationship timeline for reasons unknown. But she has it in writing and published to the paps. Why would she be interested in this? Presumably she has more money? She forced him into a confession?

        My thoughts behind the note are she needed something in writing for a reason. Anyone know why?!

    • Snowslow says:

      Totally bonkers! And the maniac “thankyou” on the note…
      My oh my.

    • Myra says:

      It reminds me of The Good Wife. Give them a minute, they might still be processing the shock, pain and embarrassment. I dislike his whole face and smug smile

    • Pauline says:

      Yes. The most punchable face.

    • minx says:

      I just would not do it, nope. He’s on his own.

    • Kitten says:

      I’ve read comments arguing all sides of this issue, but when someone’s hell-bent on betraying their vows and breaking their commitments, you don’t have to be the person who helps them do it. It’s a choice and, quite frankly, it’s about character.

      Here’s where I fall: Do I think he’s guilty? Yes, of course I do. And so is she. Their actions hurt people, there are no excuses that work here, and I don’t like anything about what either of them have done or how they’ve chosen to handle it.

      Fun fact: There was a comment posted on an article about Lily James back in late 2018/early 2019 saying something like “but my sister doesn’t like Lily James and gets Sienna Miller vibes off her.” That was my sister’s comment, she was quoting me, and I’m not shocked this happened. Stay tuned.

      • Mignionette says:

        Sienna Miller/ Lily James …. Meh ….. same basic English girl energy of a certain background and privilege.

        Both approach their careers by using their looks and ditzy cute English girl charm to gain attention. Not particularity talented so learned to game the system, need I say more ?

      • Kitten says:

        @ Mignionette They’re both so so prissy-faced insufferable and piss-elegant, aren’t they? It shits me.

    • fishface says:

      His comments about fidelity ….urgh. It’s the blatant disrespect for his wife and children that make me want to vom. And smack his face.

  2. Darla says:

    Lily needs an intervention, she’s attracted to men who look like infected feet. I mean, I’m sorry but Matt Smith is fugly too. But he cheated on her, can you imagine? And I blame internet commentators for a lot of this. Too many women racing to get on Al Gore’s internet to announce they find these foot-faces “hot”. I actually had to write about this myself yesterday, and I had such fun doing it because I could write everything I really wanted to! lol

    • Rega says:

      Well, she ain’t some staggering beauty herself. Looks wise, they make a decent match. If you really want to pull someone down, how about NOT commenting on their looks ? The age difference and their nature is pukeworthy enough. You don’t need to go beyond that.

      • Darla says:

        Nah. That’s how we get Donald Trump believing everyone wants his mushroom. This nonsense has to stop, and I’m going to stop it.

      • MrsBump says:


        and dont you let anyone come in your way. Fully behind your crusade against the foot face fetish 😉

      • Sarah says:

        But you…commented negatively on her looks?

      • Kitten says:

        @ Sara I don’t find any of these people particularly attractive for various reasons. Mostly, it’s the smug-faced thing. And?

        October 14, 2020 at 8:03 am
        Darla says: “Nah. That’s how we get Donald Trump believing everyone wants his mushroom. This nonsense has to stop, and I’m going to stop it.”

        Darla wins the comment section. /End

    • jessamine says:

      And my coffee is … spit all over my screen. 🤣🤣

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Lily isn’t all that either in the looks department and has the personality of cardboard. So it sounds like an equal match to me.

      • Darla says:

        Lily is conventionally attractive, whether you find her beautiful or not. Matt Smith and this dude here aren’t.

      • Esmom says:

        She looks like a character from Wallace and Gromit. Same exact mouth. I was always taken out of the story in Downton Abbey during her scenes because of that, lol.

      • TQ says:

        Yeah, Lily is attractive but not stunning, and definitely agree she doesn’t seem like a very engaging personality. But more importantly her picker is very very off in terms of going for jerks like Matt Smith (cheated on her) and Dominic West (married cheater). Someone here also mentioned a fling with Armie Hammer (douche) on their new project. Girl, get it together.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        between the Wallace & Grommit mouth and “foot-face”, I AM DYING.

        keep ’em coming!

      • nic says:

        These people are all much better looking than I am. I think people online have MUCH higher standards than they do in real life. Lily is beautiful. Dominic is handsome, if a little long in the tooth. His wife is attractive. Matt Smith has very unconventional looks but he’s attractive too. If we saw them in real life, we’d realize they’re all good looking. It’s the screen and comparing them to the Hollywood standard and InstaPerfection that has us confused.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Darla looks are subjective. So you stating that Lily is “conventionally attractive” and Matt Smith is ugly is merely your subjective opinion. Is Lily ugly? IMO no. She’s also not all that special looking either. But I also don’t think Matt Smith is ugly. And those are my subjective opinions.

      • Grant says:

        Oh my gosh, Wallace and Grommett–I’m HOWLING. You lot are on a roll this morning, LOL!

      • Teresa says:

        I’m sort of shocked by this. I think she is stunningly beautiful. She played Cinderella for crying out loud. She’s not a mud duck yall. She doesn’t look like every famous woman out there but she certainly could do a runway, get magazine ads, and be cast consistently as a love interest in Hollywood films. Be less harsh.
        She can suck for hooking up with a married guy and not have her appearance discussed.

      • Redgrl says:

        She’s got the “Keira Knightley my mouth is always hanging open” schtick going on.

    • tifzlan says:


    • Darla says:

      Look, everybody is going to take on the “he’s married’ thing, and the poor wife and kids. I get that, and I do have sympathy, but in the end, i find it boring. I’m going after her foot-face fetish.

      • CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

        I’m honestly here now for the foot face thread.

      • Kosmos says:

        This whole thing just reminds me of his acting role in “The Affair” where he is happily married, but has an affair with a waitress. He eventually leaves his wife and children for the waitress. He lies and never really makes the best husband in the world. You really don’t end up liking him very much. Life follows art?

    • ethy says:

      lmaooooo Darla said we are allowed to call people ugly again.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      Darla, you can add Prince William to the “foot face” group.

      the thumbnail used on his post on here today (the one about lessons learned from parents’ marriage) is a perfect example of Wills’ foot face.

    • EmmGee says:

      I dove into your blog last night. You are doing the Lord’s work. Keep it up, sis!!

    • Drea says:

      I agree with the intervention part, but attractiveness is subjective. I don’t find West attractive, but Matt Smith definitely is. Tom Hiddleston is something I will NEVER understand, but Adam Driver is straight up dreamy.

      Give me a tall skinny guy with a good nose and jawline any day.

    • Kalana says:

      Matt Smith looks inbred and Dominic West looks like he smells and he has crazy eyes. I am here for calling out these unattractive “sex symbols.” They don’t even have attractive personalities to make up for it.

    • Katherine Kelley says:

      I haven’t heard anything about Matt Smith cheating on her! Do you have any sources??

    • Redgrl says:


  3. My3cents says:

    I just don’t understand the appeal of this guy.
    Why would a beautiful 30 year old even look his way?

    • sally says:

      I’m a year older than Lily and I do find him hot, he has that dirty incredible-in-bed vibe and a very lively and expressive face, but yeah. Finding out that he’s a lot closer to the characters he plays than I thought and the blatant cheating kills all that attraction. And if I was in Lily’s place, I most definitely wouldn’t be hooking up with the married co-star who can and does believably play my father, no matter how hot I find him. Just no. Have some self-respect and professionalism.

    • minx says:

      IMO he’s an example of a guy who isn’t good looking enough to solely ride on his looks, nor is he bad looking enough to repulse me if I didn’t know anything about him. So what it comes down to is his personality, character, etc. So no surprise that he’s homely to me now.
      If that makes any sense lol.

    • MissMarierose says:

      Never underestimate the power of an Irishman’s charm.

    • Juju says:

      I’m her age and I think he’s really hot. Different people have different tastes I guess.

  4. jbyrdku says:

    I mean, if they have an open marriage, so be it. Personally, I don’t think there is an open marriage scenario and I think a whole lot less of everyone involved. Either way he should’ve been more discreet.

    • Louisa says:

      They have an open marriage if that means he gets to play around whenever and with whomever he wants and she’ll always look the other way… then yeah that’s what they have.

    • Miatagal says:

      I don’t think they have an open marriage. She appeared shell shocked. Feeling quite sorry for her.

  5. Nlopez says:

    He’s a douchebag. I’d divorce him and take everything, including the wallpaper!

  6. fc says:

    Dominic plays her FATHER in that show

    • Chaine says:

      Reading about it the other day I thought maybe they were engaging in a fauxmance to bring attention to their movie… but if he’s playing her dad then NO, it’s just a gross affair and he’s truly cheating on his wife.

  7. Mar says:

    Everyone wants to talk about this …. but the BP is only obsessed with Megan Markle!

    Open marriages in Hollywood are extremely common.

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    He is totally throwing Lily under the bus to save his ass – so far no comment from her.

    • Seraphina says:

      Most married men who are caught in affairs will sacrifice the side piece to save themselves.

      What strikes me are this pics. He looks menacing in one where he is looking straight into the camera. And she looks into him, not so much on his part. BUT he is all over Lily. He is a typical stereotype.

    • tolly says:

      I agree. Whatever Lily thought was going on, I doubt that she expected Dominic to play things this way. If he had quietly reconciled with his wife, everyone could have moved on without too much harm done, but this public display of unity makes her the villain of the story. He is such an ass, I can’t imagine why either woman bothers with him.

      • SM says:

        Exactly, there is no reason for those staged photos and that creepy note, any reason but optics. I am sure that is something the smug aristocracy cares for very much. So much so that they can’t understand when their acting for optics becomes absurd. They must be living an a fake relationships and fake friendships bubble in that countryside.
        As for Dominic himself, he always seemed like a douch, when Ruth Wilson left the Affair and the rumours swirled about her mistreatment including the use of her for nude scenes with Dominic, she made a point that it was Josh Jackson who supported her and stood by her and defended her, not the person that was the co lead, which was Dominic. He clearly is an a-hole.

  9. theothercleo says:

    “You can be in an open marriage and still not do THIS. ”
    Exactly Kaiser. Even in an open marriage there are rules and I’m pretty sure that putting yourself in the position of getting caught by paparazzis so that the entire world and your four young children can see is disrespecting them. It’s one thing to be ok with your spouse sleeping with other people from time to time, it’s another to be married to someone stupid/selfish enough that they did not think they would get caught having a romantic day in a big european city when they have been in so many successful tv shows and films and that their mistress is Cinderella/that girl from Mamma Mia.

  10. Lightpurple says:

    Lizzie McQuire movie?

    Please. Rome. Scooter. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.

    • theothercleo says:

      That made me laugh so hard,I imagine Dominic West is THRILLED that his life is being compared to the Lizzie McGuire movie.

      • Chaine says:

        Maybe he’s a big fan and this was a way to finally live out his previously unfulfilled Hillary Duff fantasy.

    • Harper says:

      I love the Lizzie Mc Guire movie. It’s one of my daughter’s favorites and we’ve spent some good times together watching it. Paolo and Lizzie forever!

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      Well exactly. Who wrote this ish, Hilary Duff?

    • Lucy2 says:

      I know!!! Lizzie? Seriously?????

    • schmootc says:

      I know! That’s the first thing I thought of too. Has no one seen a movie put out before 1990? Gah!

    • sunny says:

      Lol. I laughed so hard at that because the obvious comparison is Roman Holiday.

    • Fleur says:

      Yes, I thought Roman Holiday with Audrey too. I have to wonder if the writer has the wherewithal to be that cheeky and the choice to reference Lizzie McGuire instead was a deliberate slight, or if the kids they hire at E are really young and clueless. I’m thinking it’s the former?

    • Mia says:

      THANK YOU!

  11. Who ARE These People? says:

    Lizzie McGuire was a la Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday.

  12. Harla says:

    I wonder if he’d have all ideas about fidelity if it was his wife who cheated? Most men who think this, thinks it only applies to them and get very upset when it’s their woman cheats too.

  13. Chartreuse says:

    Gosh I have no idea who either of them are tbh but he looks like the arse end of I don’t know what? What is she thinking? He’s pretty gross

    • LaUnicaAngelina says:

      I didn’t know anything about either of them and I’m a huge celeb gossip consumer. Even though I don’t know about them (I googled too), this story has been a juicy distraction from politics.

      • Chaine says:

        He’s a tv actor in some very successful series here in the US and maybe she is famous in the UK but all I know of her is she was a minor character for a season or two of Downton Abbey.

  14. Rae says:

    I just don’t get any of it.

    1) How did they think they weren’t going to get noticed being so open.

    2) Why on earth his wife has done that photo shoot- Jesus, get some self respect.

    3) Why Lilly would ANY of this is a good idea??

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Re: point 1. Neither of them are big enough stars to be stalked by paps – someone tipped the paps off.

      • Mtec says:

        @Digital Unicorn
        Honestly at this point, i’m willing to think it was his wife who tipped the paps off. Kind of as a warning to him. Rumour is she knows exactly what kind of man he is (a cheater) but maybe she was mad he was willing to do it with someone famous-ish this time and so open too. I don’t know to me they now seem like a couple who like to play immature, toxic games like that with eachother.

  15. Jayna says:

    The wife initiating that kiss for the cameras. LOL. Sorry. I guess she can be as dramatic as Dominic loves to be. And Dominic didn’t even appear to be giving much of a kiss back. And his smirk. Aagh.

    Is it just me? In the photos, Lily doesn’t seem all that flirtatious. She was on her phone a lot. Most of the lunch was with two other people present. And after that, he was the one moving in affectionately at the table. Maybe she’s just depressed over her breakup with Matt and Chris ghosted her and she loved the attention from Dominic. I’m sure he tells everyone on his sets that he and his wife have an understanding.

    I’m sorry. That bizarre photo-op with him and his wife with her moving in for the kiss. for the cameras made me just not care. He’s not going anywhere. He loves their life. They have four kids. And he also loves his life off away for months on set.

    • Mtec says:

      She was pretty flirtatious in other pictures where they’re sight-seeing, always with hands on eachother, laughing and falling into his arms. Also later at the airport they’re pretty cozy; him resting himself on a counter and she with her arm around him.

  16. Harper says:

    Yesterday I began to suspect that this was a publicity stunt on the part of Dominic and his wife because all the articles were including pics and info on Glin Castle. Coupled with the weird photo call within 24 hours and the statement of love that looks like it was written by someone who writes notes for the movies as a profession, it was all looking a little suspect. And while Dominic’s hands are all over Lily, he isn’t kissing her on the lips, like he is his wife. I’m beginning to wonder if the two of them went for some bad publicity ala Rose Hanbury/Houghton Hall to raise the profile of Glin. We know they are both devoted to that castle and book it out to keep it going, but the pandemic may have them extremely worried about its future. The nothing to see here act is so so strange. Can’t believe an actor would do that willingly and so fast upon returning home. Can’t believe the wronged wife would do that willingly either, unless ….

    • Merricat says:

      I’ve kissed my Grandmother on the lips, but never on the neck. If this is PR, they came up with the idea themselves, because no reputable firm would suggest this level of skuzziness.

  17. Edna says:

    Maybe they’re trying to drum up business for their bed and breakfast. Apparently, the family estate, Glin Castle is owned by Dominic, Catherine and her sisters and they use it as a hotel/bed & breakfast. So there’d be a lot to untangle financially if they split.

    • Mtec says:

      So they would put their children, some who are definitely old enough to use social media, through this humiliation just so they can maybe have a chance at a slight spike in guests at an B&B?

      Unless they are horrible selfish people who don’t care about their children’s feelings, I just don’t see how this can all just be for PR.

      • Chaine says:

        Well, there is a pandemic, which calls for creative marketing 😂

      • Edna says:

        @Mtec. I was talking about the pictures of Catherine & Dominic and their message that everything is okay NOT the affair between Dominic & Lily. I do not think the affair is for PR purposes. Dominic & Catherine are married but also business partners and that would be a lot to untangle financially..

  18. Ellie says:

    They were shooting a TV series in England together over the last few months where he plays her father, but that’s finished. This quick trip to Rome was separate from any work. The claim now is they were visiting their joint manager, who just so happened to be sitting at the table with them when they were caught.

  19. reef says:

    I’m really surprised this got leaked. Costars mess around often but we don’t hear about it or if we do we don’t get pap photos, but these 2 got exposed almost immediately.

    • j says:

      Me too. From what little I’ve seen of them (aka this scandal and thinking she was Lily Collins) that they’re famous in the UK only? Probably didn’t think anyone would recognise them. How famous are they exactly?

    • theothercleo says:

      Well most of the time they try to be discreet and keep things to their hotel room,which is what most people do when they’re having an affair even when they’re not celebrities.
      @j: I’m french and I know who they are,some of my friends would also recognize them. They’re not A-listers but he has been constantly working on tv and film for the past two decades,he’s the kind of actor you’ve probably seen in something and just don’t remember it. She was Cinderella in the Disney movie and has been working a lot for the past couple of years, sometimes on big movies like Mamma Mia, sometimes on prestige tv stuff like War and Peace. So yeah, not super famous but had they not been papped someone would have posted about it on twitter or something,they weren’t very careful.

  20. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    “the eyewitness says Lily and Dominic rode around Rome on an electric scooter, à la Lizzie and Paolo in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” Wow. This description is everything. I’m dead. Lol!!

  21. Snowslow says:

    I didn’t look at the photos until today and actually there is no kissing.
    He seems like one of those guys who can’t take their hands off you but it doesn’t really mean they’re an item.
    They were also having lunch with the agent and he seems to tell her a secret at some point and his hand lingers a bit. The paparazzo says that he put a hand on her butt and that they kissed (on the mouth, as friends?) – I mean, he has to seell his pictures…
    I’m not saying they aren’t boiking. But with these photos he can tell his wife “where do you see me kiss her? bla bla…”
    BUT the stupid photo op tells me that if he’s not doing it with Lilly, he’s done it with a lot of other someones though… That was a giant mess and I can’t believe it happened.

  22. Mtec says:

    “… And when it came to their goodbye, the source describes a tender farewell, sharing how the two actors shared a long embrace and many kisses before parting.”

    —Did the “eyewitness” follow them to the airport? Because based on pictures that’s the last time they were seen together before he did that weird photo-op with his wife. In the pictures Lily was packing that dress she was seen in with him, and she was then resting on him, they were very cozy.

    Also, did he not even bother changing his clothes between his canoodling with Lily and then Kissing his wife?? YIKES.

    • Julia K. says:

      Correct. Same clothes 2 days later! Hygiene issues? Yuck

    • j says:

      I thought they got to the airport soon after the pictures were taken/announced, packed haphazardly, and ended up in the same days outfit. Or were they staying the night together and hurriedly packed each others clothing?

  23. Charfromdarock says:

    “says Lily and Dominic rode around Rome on an electric scooter, à la Lizzie and Paolo in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.“
    Haaa haaa. It must be true live forever.

    If it’s for publicity, it worked on me. I had no idea who he was and checked his IMDb. The only movies I’ve watched were Chicago and Spice World and I remember him from neither.

  24. Gretchen says:

    Those Rome photos give me the icks. Even in the hot n’ heavy beginnings of a relationship I’ve always hated being pawed over, especially in public, it’s suffocating and such a turn off. Maybe Lily is relieved he’s gone for a while.

  25. Juju says:

    There are three options:
    1. It was a PR stunt.
    2. Him and his wife have some kind of agreement/open marriage
    3. She’s a fool and just accepts him cheating.

  26. Katie says:

    cannot believe any of this is real, it’s so staged and so early 2000s, does anybody really bother like this anymore? it’s transparent and laughable lol. tell me this is secretly a promo to boost interest in The Affair, because I refuse to believe actual real people could feed us this and expect anybody to believe any of it

    • Eyepatch says:

      That’s what I said in the early blog post but my comment didn’t get through. It’s all very bizarre.

  27. j says:

    I have no idea who these people are but I am enjoying this scandal.
    I also saw [] It’s the daily mail but she seems to be blatantly doing coke? Which apparently was why Chris Evans was flown out for PR reasons.
    His wife needs to run though.

  28. Lola says:

    Hmm. Playing her father? In the novel the father is much older and nothing like Dominic West!

  29. L4frimaire says:

    They weren’t even remotely discreet. This wasn’t creeping around with hats and dark glasses, They were flaunting and sauntering for all to see, and he seems pleased as punch to show off his conquest. He’ll be fine, but her brand is damaged. She played Cinderella, but what now?

  30. Layla Beans says:

    Lily James = Sienna Miller 2.0.

  31. Sass says:

    ‘“…The eyewitness says Lily and Dominic rode around Rome on an electric scooter, à la Lizzie and Paolo in The Lizzie McGuire Movie…” Imagine using this as a frame of reference, OMFG!!!’

    I had the exact same thought. 😂 We are referencing Lizzie McGuire now? 🤣

  32. Kate says:

    I just went to look at the pics again and there’s a new article sharing a quote of his from 2016: “in an interview in 2016 West indicated some enthusiasm for marriages which permit husbands to stray in middle age. ‘I think women should be more indulgent of affairs. I really do.
    ‘It’s daft to kick someone out over a fling, isn’t it?’ he said. ‘Everyone should turn a blind eye to men’s behaviour between the ages of 40 and 50. Let it all blow over.’” And then he praises his wife for not being jealous of the love scenes he did in the Affair and how he would hate it if she were an actor doing those scenes with other actors. So yeah, he’s a creep.

  33. Jayna says:

    I do find it fascinating Lily hasn’t released any damage control comments through her PR rep. I also find it interesting he wouldn’t return his wife’s calls at first. But seeing the photo of them going through the airport together is confounding. The story was in high gear and photos and you decide to go to the airport together where you will be seen?

    What does it all mean? I don’t know. Dominic never denied an affair. Neither one has.

    • Eyepatch says:

      Remember when Ashton Kutcher was “caught” (quote unquote because the guy wanted it out there) with that blonde girl who sold her story? He was on Twitter smugly saying no one understood basically, and people were making fools out of themselves for assuming stuff. He wanted it know he was in an open marriage with Demi. See the same attitude with DW here. Gross. Remote possibility it’s a publicity stunt though.

  34. Mignionette says:

    The sad thing about this whole affair is that when you google her all you get are search results relating to cheating and Dominic West.

    Only Dominic will win in this as his wife is sadly committed enough to protect him. Lily on the flip-side will attract predatory Directors.

  35. AuntieStef says:

    Lily is quickly earning a Ho*r rep in Hollywood. And Matt smith did NOT cheat on her. It was she that broke his heart. He was ready for marriage and kids with her like 3 years ago. It always bothered me she never corrected that story. Lily is a bit off the rails, self involved and simple minded. She left BAFTAs with Ianselli, then Evans, back to Smith, now this old fart West, and Armie in between. She’s a MESS. How many more do we not know about?

    • Ashley says:

      I take total offense to this comment. If she likes to sleep with men what right is it yours to say she can’t? So she didn’t want to settle down and have Matt Smith’s babies? And? That’s her perogstive. How awful to bash women for things men do every day.

      And sadly I do know Dominic West’s work, I’ve always had a slight crush on him since I saw him in Midsummer’s Night’s Dream in middle school. He’s always played a cad and let’s be real he probably wasn’t acting. He’s always had that dirty, treat you like crap but the sex is probably amazing vibe. And most of his characters have been that (he was the wife beater in Chicago right?). Anyone see him in Colette? He’s totally that guy. Throwing her under the bus to save his ass. If I were Lily I’d destroy him.

      • Allison says:

        Too right, Ashley! I do see lots of people referencing his body of work as evidence that he truly is ‘that guy’ in real life, but the only frame of reference I really have is The Wire. Based on that alone….. McNulty is gonna McNulty! Jimmy was a straight up HO, and I always thought Dominic played him to perfection (other than lapsing into his Irish/English accent regularly). Dominic is an outrageous cad, but kind of like State Attorney Rhonda from The Wire, I might enjoy slumming it with him on a casual basis. He is dirty and gross, but I get it, and I can commiserate/understand falling for his dirty/sexy charms on set if he insisted he and his wife were separated/open marriage etc.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah I agree Ashley (except for the stuff about West being in any way hot). She should sleep with loads of men, if I was in the industry meeting all these completely gorgeous men, I would! As for her and Smith, I don’t know, it’s stuff i read I think here? I really don’t go to other celebrity sites. I’d ask you Stef, how you know he didn’t cheat on her and wanted babies? Even if true, and she didn’t want his babies, good for her! I’m just curious where that’s coming from, never saw it before.

      • Eyepatch says:

        Thanks, Ashley! But, yes, as Darla said, I agree DW is not one bit hot. Always liked him as an actor though.

  36. Bobbie says:

    I don’t understand why this is shocking. He is a famous actor. He has access to all kinds of women. This is Hollywood. It would be a story if he wasn’t cheating.

  37. elisabeth says:

    I hope his wife divorces him and pulls a Queen Gorgo from 300 on him
    “This will not be over quickly, you will not enjoy this. I’m not your queen”


  38. Dude says:

    Oh shoot I loved him in The Wire. Baltimore forever!

  39. Appalachian says:

    Everyone involved in this looks stupid. I don’t see any winners here.

  40. msd says:

    I recall there were some stories about her and the older guy who played her father in Cinderella a few years ago. They seemed fanciful and went away but maybe there was something to it. A thing for father figures? If they’re married it’s going to get messy. West still bears most responsibility here; he’s the one who’s married.

    edit. Found it. Ben Chaplin, the actor who played her Dad. Also 20 years older than her. Looks a bit like West, too.

    edit. Oh, her Dad died when she was a teenager and her stage surname of James is his first name. If I was a shrink I’d say that’s potentially relevant. Constantly searching for a father figure etc etc