Dominic West has been pictured arriving back at the home he shares with wife Catherine FitzGerald, after he was seen kissing and cuddling Lily James on a cosy trip to Rome.
The Affair actor, 50, has returned home to the UK to face the music after he was pictured riding around Rome on a scooter with the 31-year-old Downton Abbey actress, nuzzling her neck at dinner and stroking her hair.
And on Tuesday morning, the star was spotted at his home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, follwng ‘showdown talks’ with his wife of 10 years.
West was seen driving away from the property in his silver Volvo just after 8am this morning, with one of his children in the back seat.
The actor wore a face mask in the drivers seat as he drove away with his right hand on the steering wheel; his left hand was hidden from view, after he was pictured in Rome without his wedding ring.
According to the Mail Online, West flew back from Italy on Monday night for ‘crisis talks’ with FitzGerald, with whom he shares four children.
FitzGerald, 49, is said to be ‘devastated’ after seeing the photos of her husband with his The Pursuit Of Love co-star, telling friends that she thought they had a strong marriage.
A friend of the Irish landscaper said: ‘Catherine has seen the pictures and she’s devastated. I came over to speak with her as soon as I knew about them.
‘Catherine has been trying to speak with Dominic but he’s not answering his phone. She’s totally shocked because she didn’t know anything was going on. They were very much together, so this is completely out of the blue.
‘She thought they had a good marriage and now it’s probably over. That’s how she feels right now but the two of them need to speak but at the moment, she’s lost for words.’
FitzGerald – a member of the FitzGerald aristocratic dynasty and a successful landscape designer and gardener – was previously married to Edward Lambton, Viscount Lambton from 1995 until 2002, and later reunited with West, who she had dated while attending Trinity College in Dublin in the early 90s.
The pair tied the knot in June 2010, and went on to have four kids together, Dora, 14, Senan, 12, Francis, 11, and seven-year-old Christabel; West is also dad to 22-year-old daughter Martha from his relationship with Polly Astor.
However, West questioned how natural monogamy is in an interview last year.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar about infidelity, the actor – famous for playing Noah Solloway, a man involved in an extramarital relationship, in The Affair – said: ‘It’s one of those subjects that people have very strong opinions about because everybody is open to it and can experience it. It affects kings as much as it does snails. A lot of people have experienced it and a lot of people fear it.
‘I suppose people suspect that the conventions that we have agreed upon in society, that a man and women can stay together for life or a certain amount of time without cheating, that they’re not really staying together based on anything other than how society thinks they should behave. It’s not the necessarily natural way to be, therefore there will always be adultery and intrigue about it.’
West and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star James looked very cosy in pictures obtained by the Mail Online as they cuddled at dinner, with West missing his gold wedding ring.
The trip came just after it emerged that James had split for good from Doctor Who star Matt Smith, following five years together on and off.
The stars were believed to have been working on their relationship throughout lockdown, after they split in December 2019, but following the actress’s rumoured fling with Marvel star Chris Evans, the pair have called time on their romance.
West and James began filming the BBC adaptation of The Pursuit Of Love, alongside Emily Beecham and Andrew Scott, in July, but met back in 2011 when they both acted in Othello at the Sheffield Crucible.
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