Lily James cancels shows after alleged affair with married man

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 21, 2020 | 23 Comments

Lily James and Dominic West in The Pursuit of LoveLily James has cancelled two major television appearances to promote her new Netflix film, Rebecca, after photos surfaced of her last week looking very cosy with actor Dominic West, leading to rumors that they are having an affair.

Lily and Dominic star together in the upcoming BBC mini-series The Pursuit of Love. However, Dominic has been married to aristocrat Catherine Fitzgerald since 2010 and they have four young children together.

Lily and her Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer were scheduled to appear on an episode of Today this week to promote the film, and Lily was also slated to appear on the British talk show The Graham Norton Show, but both appearances have been cancelled.

Reps for the talk show sent out a press release stating that Lily’s Rebecca co-star Kristin Scott Thomas would appear instead.

Lily, 31, and Dominic, 50, were seen passionately “kissing and cuddling” in Rome last weekend according to the Daily Mail. Dominic, who plays Lily’s father in the BBC mini-series, reportedly shared a suite with her at the ritzy Hotel De La Ville. They were also photographed riding on a scooter in Rome, and at one point Dominic appeared to be kissing Lily’s neck.

At the end of the weekend, the paparazzi caught them kissing at the Leonardo da Vinci airport on their way home to England.

Dominic told the Evening Standard in 2016, “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? Everyone should turn a blind eye to men’s behaviour between the ages of 40 and 50. Let it all blow over.”

Although Lily James has been lying low since the photos appeared online, Dominic immediately invited photographers over and posed with his wife outside of their home. They kissed for the cameras and handed out a note that read, “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.”

However, this prompted a fellow passenger on the British Airways flight to speak out. The businessman told The Sun, “To be honest, the reason I’m speaking out is because of that cringing statement and photocall he and his wife gave.” Speaking of what he witnessed of Dominic and Lily on the plane, he said, “Within minutes of the plane leaving, they began kissing and cuddling after both removed their masks… they behaved very much like a couple. He was whispering passionately in her ear while they kissed.”

Lily is also booked on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, but no announcement has been made in regards as to whether or not she will still appear. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Rachel • October 21, 2020 @ 8:31 PM

    What a filthy jerk. Why a woman would stay with something like that is beyond me, unless it’s for the kids. And why a young woman would stab another woman in the back like that who bore the man you’re messing around with children and to whom he made vows, it’s embarassing. I’m embarrassed for Lily James. He’s not only a cheat, he’s using you like the young, cheap toy you are.

  2. Alisa • October 22, 2020 @ 8:02 AM

    I was looking forward to watching Rebecca on Netflix, but now I’m not sure I can without thinking about what kind of a person she is.

  3. Melissa • October 22, 2020 @ 10:07 AM

    I like Lily James as an actress. Shes also a beautiful young woman who can do whatever she wants, including having flings and kiss with whoever she wants. Why do we need to judge her?
    Its this dude who is choosing to have a relationship with Lily and we don’t know his circumstance. It almost sounds like he and his wife have an open relationship or some kind of understanding. And even if he doesn’t, it’s between him and his wife.

  4. JOE • October 22, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

    Hell, I would too!

    He’s hot!


  5. Julie • October 22, 2020 @ 10:29 AM

    I don’t know why they thought they wouldn’t get caught?? Staying in a hotel..celebrities..& thinking they can hide all the “canooldling” in public?? You don’t think you are going to be found out by paparazzi?…Come on! You can’t be that stupid?? Can you?? But, look how many celebs have been caught cheating on their spouses. You have to be more discreet than this. You are in the public eye..& your life will be public too. It won’t be the last time someone will be caught like this…I just feel bad for the wives, husbands, girlfriends & boyfriends who are going to find out this way…What a shame…Sheesh! 🙁

  6. James • October 22, 2020 @ 10:33 AM

    Who cares what some rando on a British Airways flight says? ???

    And if these celebs are dumb enough to make out in public, then they should face the consequences and backlash of their actions!

    I certainly hope they were wearing masks…

  7. Paul • October 22, 2020 @ 10:40 AM

    I don’t agree with affairs they cause to many problems but it’s none of my business, their affair.

  8. Liz • October 22, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

    It’s no ones business but those directly involved . . . Lily, Dominic & Catherine. Not condoning the behaviour but they are humans too and all humans make mistakes/poor choices. And stop putting the shame all on her – he was just as involved.

  9. Crystal • October 22, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

    He was just in a show called The Affair which was about how an affair can destroy your life ans the lives of those around you.
    If it’s true he’s an idiot and doesn’t deserve his wife who is beautiful and classy.

  10. Crystal • October 22, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

    He was just in a show called The Affair which was about how an affair can destroy your life and the lives of those around you.
    If it’s true he’s trash and an idiot!! and doesn’t deserve his wife who is beautiful and classy.

  11. Gina Toupin • October 22, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

    Wow, they just ruined Rebecca for me. They are so gross. I feel for the wife and FOUR kids. Selfish jerks.

  12. Michael • October 22, 2020 @ 11:19 AM

    He’s married, she’s not…
    the article should be shaming him for the “alleged” affair not her, and yes, I am a man saying this

  13. Redrover • October 22, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

    Yeah I agree she’s single he’s not But at the same time these things are all a choice – You choose to keep it in your pants or you don’t – him trotting out his wife and playing lovey-dovey? maybe they do have an open relationship? well then admit it and move on – I’d have more respect for that

  14. R • October 22, 2020 @ 2:04 PM

    Both should and are shamed – she’s single, yeah, but she’s the one opening her legs and with this KNOWINGLY taking part in adultery. It takes two to become the snot that is a cheating couple.
    Both are equally inferior to thinking animals. Shame and pity to both.

  15. Dani • October 22, 2020 @ 2:20 PM

    So weird – life imitating art? Didn’t Actor Dominic West, married father of four, star in a tv series called The Affair, where he was an Author, and married father of four who had an affair with a younger woman?

  16. Rod Stifner • October 22, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

    Oh, we prudish Americans; So worked up for what easily could be a great publicity stunt for the flagging movie theater business. (At least that’s what I’d say if I were Dominic).

  17. Yvonne • October 22, 2020 @ 3:26 PM

    The telling point to me is that he plays her FATHER in the new mini series.
    YUCK!! Double YUCK!!

  18. Jamie • October 22, 2020 @ 6:48 PM

    Their life, their affair. We don’t know anything to judge. Sounds like Dominic has an open marriage? But what I don’t like is the way somehow all the responsibility and vitriol is directed at Lily James. She’s not the one who is married and has more to lose in terms of career reputation. I know she’s not a child but he sounds like the older “predator” with the self-serving behaviour. Gimme a break.

  19. A • October 23, 2020 @ 8:26 AM

    Isn’t she dating Chris Evans or is that old news?

  20. Tish • October 23, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

    Sounds like Mr. West and his wife have an open marriage. If so, there’s nothing to see here but a publicity stunt. Now we all know there’s a show out there called ‘Rebecca’ and ‘The pursuit of love’.

  21. Marjorie Coey • October 23, 2020 @ 6:49 PM

    What a creep! Yuck. No Rebecca for me thanks.

  22. Kelryth • October 24, 2020 @ 6:55 AM

    Who cares. They can screw or whatever whoever they want. Its nobody else’s business what they do in their bedrooms.

  23. Nobody • October 24, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

    It’s his wife and kids business. He is hurting them and when she finally decides he can go f himself and leaves him, that will hurt those children in a way that will affect them for their whole lives. I hope he has money enough to pay for all of them to have therapy well into their 30s. That little affair may have cost him a lot of money and if he actually thinks he loves his wife, pain for him too, although he’s obviously a man who doesn’t have feelings that are particularly deep. When you love someone, you don’t cheat on them, end of story.

  24. Svetlana Davies • December 31, 2020 @ 5:13 PM

    As a wife, I’d hate such a betrayal, Open marriage is definitely not for me. My husband is only MINE and I would NEVER share him with anyone! He wouldn’t agree to my affair either.

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