Can anyone explain what’s happening in Dominic West’s marriage??

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I honestly cannot believe how we’re still talking about Dominic West and his crazy marriage. I’m not going to do the full recap here, but the broad strokes of the past month of bullsh-t are pretty simple: Dominic is married to Catherine FitzGerald, an Irish aristocrat, and he cheated her on quite openly with his costar Lily James. Catherine and Dominic did a photocall immediately following the affair photos, then Catherine left him and went to Ireland, to her ancestral castle. We heard already this week that Catherine wants to separate from him permanently, and that he’s told her that he has feelings for Lily.

The Daily Mail also reported yesterday that Catherine is “completely devastated” over all of this and she’s also sick of Dominic’s actor lifestyle, with him being away on location for months at a time. A source said: “He lives this other life where he’s away at least half the year and she and the kids are waiting for him. She’s living in a house in England for his career when I think anyone who knows her knows she would much rather be home in Ireland.” The source also said that the thing with Lily has been humiliating and painful.

And then… Catherine was suddenly back in England this week, and Dominic somehow arranged for a paparazzo to get photos of them taking a smiley jog together. WTF?? What is even happening here? At the beginning of all of this, I assumed that an aristo like Catherine would simply raise the drawbridge, not say anything and that they would work out their situation quietly. Then I thought, well, maybe she’s just going to leave him and it will be a mess, but at least she’s out. Then the photocalls and pap-strolls happened. So I have no f–king idea.

Dominic West and wife Catherine Fitzgerald

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  1. Zaftig_and_Kitty says:

    Girl, get OUT!! He’s not worth the drama.

    • Margles says:

      Thing is, she might be the kind of person who also thrives on drama. She did marry a philandering cad, after all.

  2. minx says:

    Oh honey, he is NOT worth it. That smug face of his, ugh.

  3. Chloe says:

    I don’t know ya’ll…. it seems to me like they probably have an “understanding” in their marriage. Why else would a wife look at those pics and think, “hey, let’s do a photoshoot!”. LOL. It seems like she either knows he generally cheats and is ok with it or they have an “understanding”.

    • Mtec says:

      But that’s not so strange, why not just say that? It’s way better than people thinking he’s awful for cheating and she’s a pushover

      • Esp.Lumiere says:


      • minx says:

        An overlay to this whole mess is that there’s a pandemic going on. Makes him look even worse.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        These UK aristo live and play by a different set of rules and/or morals than the Yanks do. I would guess that from an aristo point of view that the major problem is the publicity. It will take time for a divorce to be handled “quietly” and there are four children involved.

        Personally, I would through Dominic West out and change all the locks on the doors and code to the alarm system. When all is said and done, I am sure Lily James will have nothing to do with him.

  4. Mignionette says:

    The rule in marriages like this is ‘entertain yourself, but don’t embarrass me’.

    His exploits have been known about for years, but the week after he insults Trump on national TV (whilst talking about a BRF endeavour and for which he goes viral on SM), pictures appear in the DM in relation to a summer long affair.

    This is my take.

    • Ann says:

      That’s what I think. They’ve known each other since university and have been together for a long time. They both come from Aristo backgrounds, though she more so than him. I think it’s fairly common in that set for people to have affairs, it’s accepted….so long as it ‘s discreet. He was NOT discreet, he was canoodling openly in a tourist-y area with a much younger actress who is well known in the UK. It’s humiliating for her, probably upsetting for the kids. So he broke the rules and hence the trouble.

  5. Tiffany says:

    No, I don’t want an explanation. Where is the fun in that?

    Miranda Lambert has been too quiet and I need my fix of the messy.

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    He’s milking this for all the PR he can get as its the most PR he’s ever gotten in his career. She’s a fool to play along.

    • Lwt00 says:


      He’s had a very successful career playing #3 or below on the call sheet. I think she wants out but he’s probably convinced her to play along for the career boost so he can do his part in taking care of the kids financially, and in return he won’t fight for custody. “Just a few weeks of pap strolls and PR stunts and you can take the kids, I’ll agree to anything you want.”

      That’s my guess.

    • lucky says:

      I dunno… I sort of fell like she has some sh*t on him? Like… maybe he wants out and keeps doing things to get out and she hangs something over his head and he shows up for the pap whatever… it’s all too weird…

  7. MoonTheLoon says:

    I’m on the boat that Catherine’s probably getting her ducks in a row. I’m sure she loves him and would prefer to work things out. At the same time, all of this is really calculated. Like with the photo call, this is more documentation that she loves him and is “trying.” He’s proven to be a narcissistic fool, so he’s eager to play along for the sake of image repair. Probably enjoying watching her put in the effort too. If things work out and she stays, that’s future leverage she has saved up. If she leaves, she still can garner a bit of sympathy that could work for her. This needs to play out a bit more, as she’s probably still a mess. Outwardly, she’s hella more composed than I was.

  8. wheneight says:

    Who schedules a pap stroll for during a jog??? What could be less flattering for a photo op? So many questions with these two!

  9. Mtec says:

    The only thing I took away from these pics is once again her shoe game is a strange choice lol. Who wears hiking boots to run? Her feet must have been killing her.

    And that they’re both awkward runners, but I noticed he lands on the outside of his feet when he runs, which can be problematic.

    That’s it, that’s all I got lol

  10. Jayna says:

    I believe they are both nutty, and it’s why the marriage has lasted. She’s in hiking boots. LOL She’s not really out jogging.

  11. Darla says:

    Yeah the hiking boots are strange. Are they the strangest thing about this? I don’t know, but I was a runner for a long time before I had to switch to cycling so my knees don’t go, and those really jump out at me as STRANGE.

    There’s no way these two don’t have an arrangement, and he told James about it, it’s a total every day thing in that industry. Now she’s the Scarlet Woman. So stupid, but she should have kept her shame f (and this dude is nothing if not a shame f) in the bedroom where shame f’s belong. You don’t actually skate around Rome with your shame f’s. Come on Lily.

  12. osito says:

    The more this story unfolds, the more I think we’re looking at an open marriage where one partner might be supported/encouraged to have affairs for the pleasure of both. TIL that there’s even a word for it (the Wikipedia page for it was quite illuminating).

    I always assumed that there was such a thing as a lady version of a c-d (I don’t know if that word is too NSFW for this site), but never thought about because as a society we really don’t talk about women filling that role. But looking at all the pics and playing the photo assumption game, FitzGerald seems to be oddly gleeful about all of this. Not that I think she needs to perform sorrow or shame if she doesn’t feel either — but for someone who’s never seemed interested in pap stroll thing *until now*, she looks pretty happy about it. Which I find strange, but it’s also just my opinion based on tiny snapshots of someone’s day.

    Similarly, I think he looks nonplussed-to-performative in the pics. Like, I’m getting the sense that she might just be the dominant one, and he does as he told for the sake of the pics. I don’t think this necessarily extends to the sexual aspect of their relationship, but it could. Who knows? Something about this whole situation is confusing to me, and I think it’s because the photos are messing with my understanding of the written narrative, in which case, FitzGerald could be seen as winning the PR game by light years.

  13. Jules says:

    And the kids. I just feel bad for the kids.

  14. SM says:

    He is probably just a giant narcissist who wants his wife to be around as a sign of personal adoration no matter what and he also wants a young mistress who would let him feel young and desired. People like that will sweet talk their cheated wives, promise renewed romance, etc. She is probably more torn so this is why there are those insane rollercosters: separation ome day and pap strolls the next.

  15. Claire says:

    Dunno if she’s Catholic (Irish aristocrat tells me she probably is) but as someone who was raised Catholic, this isn’t in the least bit surprising to me. There’s a really toxic antodivorce bias in Catholic communities, even in 2020, even when there’s EGREGIOUS sh*t like this going on. I hope she gets out!

  16. OrangeBozoIsDone says:

    They’re not anywhere close to getting divorced. She’s avoiding looking like a doormat with the “thinking about divorce” and “heartbroken” leaks. Didn’t they do an architectural digest thing together? She wants to become a celeb of sorts and get ongoing coverage for her castle for max rental income.

  17. Kristin says:

    Ok so my theory is that she is not going to divorce Dominic anytime soon because she has this huge manor she inherited from her father and almost lost until she married Dominic. He brought the funds in from his acting to save this huge estate. They were featured on some British show that showcased derelict estates that were almost lost. He even mentioned that it took a lot of money to keep it going and Catherine said she had to quit working mostly just to take care and keep the estate going.

  18. Sunnyvale says:

    I hope the story about her leaving him is true. No women in 2020 would accept this public humiliation I mean the staged pictures showed him leaning away from her!!!!! I wonder if they’ll have a long distance relationship or just divorce. She could get a big settlement+annual income to care for her kids