Dominic West And Wife Shut Down Speculation Over Lily James Pictures With Note And Kiss

The actor was seen cosying up to co-star Lily James during a lunch date in Rome over the weekend.

Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald have shut down speculation about their marriage by putting on a united public front.

Earlier this week, pictures emerged of the actor — without his wedding ring — cosying up to Lily James in Rome during a break in filming the upcoming miniseries The Pursuit of Love.

The co-stars appeared to be living up to the title of the project, nuzzling each other’s necks during a lunch date, before zipping around the city on a shared electric scooter.

The photos sparked speculation of an on-set romance, putting Dominic, a father of five who has four children with wife Catherine FitzGerald, in a precarious position.

However, instead of letting the rumour mill run into overdrive, on Tuesday, he confronted the controversy head on.

Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald, pictured together in 2019.
Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald, pictured together in 2019.
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The actor held an impromptu press conference with Catherine outside of their home in the English countryside to address the state of their relationship.

“Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together,” he told reporters, according to The Daily Mail and The Sun before the couple shared a kiss, while photographers snapped pictures.

And in case their stance wasn’t clear, the couple handed the press a note bearing the same message, which they both signed.

However, they declined to answer any further questions about Dominic cosying up to Lily, who has yet to comment publicly on the matter.

West and Lily James previously co-starred in a 2011 production of "Othello."
West and Lily James previously co-starred in a 2011 production of "Othello."
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Both The Daily Mail and The Sun noted that Dominic was still not wearing his wedding band on Monday, while FitzGerald seemed to conceal hers for the duration of the press conference.

The couple then reportedly returned to their home and later drove away with one of their children.

Dominic and Catherine, a landscape designer and descendent of Irish royalty, wed in 2010 and live part-time in her family’s historic 20,000-square-foot estate known as the Glin Castle.

Last year, Architectural Digest filmed a tour of the property with the couple.

Lily, meanwhile, recently split with her partner — The Crown star Matt Smith — after five years together and has since been linked to Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

The pair were spotted out and about together in London over the summer, but both have refused to confirm or deny the potential romance.