Dominic West on 'Deeply Stressful' Fallout After Being Seen with Lily James

Actors Navigate Personal Challenges Amid Media Speculation.

by Nouman Rasool
Dominic West on 'Deeply Stressful' Fallout After Being Seen with Lily James
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The English actor Dominic West, who has recently been in the limelight for his performance in the series "The Crown," and who has been married to Catherine FitzGerald since 2010, opened up about the hard time following the global headline visit to Rome with the actress Lily James last year.

In a long interview with The Times, West revealed the inner tension and media madness that followed the publication of the photo with him and James, who is 19 years younger than him, in a supposedly close embrace. The incident, which literally exploded on the tabloid scene, caught the pair on a scooter and enjoying a leisurely lunch.

SERIOUSLY affecting West's family life,.“It was deeply stressful for my wife and my kids,” West admitted, recounting the lighter moments that helped them cope with the public scrutiny. Despite the strain, West and FitzGerald presented a united front, humorously contemplating their appearances as “a show of unity” after every public outing.

Public Stance Revealed

The situation reached a peak when West and FitzGerald felt compelled to publicly address the rumors. They staged a photo outside their London home, displaying a handwritten note affirming the strength and continuity of their marriage.

This gesture aimed to quell the rumors and assert their solidarity amid the media storm. Lily James, on the other hand, has remained more reserved about the incident. In a 2021 interview with The Guardian, she hinted at the complexity of the situation but chose to withhold details, suggesting a future discussion might be more appropriate.

“There is a lot to say, but not now, I'm afraid,” she remarked, indicating that the full story might still be untold. Besides discussing the personal saga, West also opened up about his professional preferences in portraying characters.

Despite his aristocratic roles like Prince Charles in "The Crown," West believes he resonates more authentically with blue-collar characters. “My wife, who is genuinely upper-class, always tells me, ‘You’re much better in the working-class parts, you’re not very good as upper class, you’re not convincing at all,’” he shared with a laugh, highlighting the candid feedback he receives at home.