A romantic setting, the paparazzi, a philandering husband that is only attractive if you tilt your head and squint and even then you’re not sure, phantom wedding rings that appear and disappear, all capped off with an embarrassing public display of unity: The Dominic West and Lily James Affair really is the posh version of the Justin Timberlake hand-holding debacle from last year. The parallels are almost uncanny including an attempt to convince the public, and Dominic’s wife Catherine FitzGerald, that everything was perfectly innocent. According to The Daily Mail, Lily might have called Catherine to convince her that the photos we saw of her and Dominic cavorting in Rome “could be innocently explained away.” But let’s be real here, does she have the range? It might be a tough acting job because according to Page Six, multiple eye-witnesses saw what they saw.
The Daily Mail reports that after getting papped doing some “lusty nuzzling,” Dominic and Lily both snapped into damage control mode which culminated in the truly bizarre scene we witnessed yesterday that involved Dominic and Catherine passing out a handwritten note to the paparazzi and staging a production of Act IV of As You Like It on their front lawn. And apparently, that mess was his idea.
So whose idea was the photo-call? Definitely Dominic’s, say friends. There is speculation that Lily might have called Mrs West on Monday night to insist that those pictures could be innocently explained away.
Other sources say their mutual agent, Angharad Wood, who was pictured at the restaurant in Rome, would have offered some reassurance. Sources indicate that Lily and Dominic were in Rome to visit her and her baby daughter, who was born in August.
According to DM, Angharad and Dominic’s wife Catherine are good friends, so she wouldn’t have let anything untoward happen in her presence. Never mind the fact that sources have confirmed that Lily and Dominic were “holed up for two nights in a suite in Rome’s posh Hotel De La Ville.” But hey, maybe they were just trying to save a couple of bucks on accommodations. It might explain why Dominic always looks like he spent the night sleeping on a busted-ass fold-out sofa bed.
‘Angharad would not have stood for anything going on and he would certainly not be so stupid as to do anything in front of her. Dom has a bit of history with women from some time ago, but he’s much too clever to get caught out this way.
‘The fact is he’s a very cuddly kind of person, really a big teddy bear, and you could probably have a picture of him like this with a dozen of his female friends.’
Not terribly reassuring given that old Teddy Bears McGee here said in a 2016 interview “I think women should be more indulgent of affairs. I really do,” adding “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.” Also, men should be allowed to murder. It’s only natural innit? Women are so unreasonable! According to Page Six:
West and James — who will play father and daughter in the new BBC/Amazon show “The Pursuit of Love” — holed up for two nights in a suite in Rome’s posh Hotel De La Ville, which boasts a panoramic view over the city, sources confirmed.
West, 50, and James, 31, left their love nest for just a few hours to ride an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra, before joining their joint manager, Angharad Wood, her daughter and a friend for lunch at the da Sabatino eatery.
“They really knocked back a lot of wine and Lily looked a bit worse for wear,” the witness said.
Sources said they were then spotted brazenly making out at the Leonardo da Vinci airport before flying home to the UK together.
Hey, maybe Lily can make a case of mistaken identity by claiming she was actually making out with one of those giant life-sized teddy bears. At any rate, while I have you here, please take a moment to sign my petition requesting that the term “canoodling” be struck from the language and replaced “lusty nuzzling” in perpetuity. Thank you for your time.