Defiant Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald kissed and put up a united front outside their home on Tuesday after their passionate clinch with Lily James – but his wedding ring was still OFF
The couple smiled and told reporters, "Our marriage is strong and we are still very much together" before bizarrely handing out a piece of paper that had the same words on it and both signed.
They had emerged from their Wiltshire house shortly after 10:30 am and it was very important for Dominic to show his free hand with the wedding ring. Catherine was holding her ring finger in her jeans pocket as she kissed her husband.
"Our marriage is strong and we're still very much together": Defiant Dominic West and his wife kissed and formed a united front on Tuesday after his passionate clinch with Lily James – but his wedding ring was still OFF
What did you think Affair star Dominic, 50, caused shock waves when he kissed Lily James, 31, over a juicy lunch in Rome this weekend – Catherine is said to have been "heartbroken" when she saw the pictures
Bizarre: West distributed a piece of paper to reporters claiming he and Catherine would not part ways – it was signed by both
After distributing the signed paper, West turned and kissed Catherine as the two returned to their house.
He refused to answer questions about the events in Italy.
Moments later, the couple left home and drove together to an unknown destination.
Earlier that day, Dominic had looked dejected as he drove his silver Volvo off the Chippenham property with one of their children in the back of the car.
MailOnline believes the actor flew back from Rome for crisis talks with his 10-year-old wife on Monday night, just hours after she told a friend she was "broken, shocked and devastated" after seeing pictures of Dominic had seen hugging Lily, 31, without wearing his wedding ring.
Dominic's face had been largely covered by his face mask during the drive and he had kept his ring finger out of sight after he had boldly removed it to show Lily very much in love.
Dominic has been married to the Irish landscape architect and mother of four Catherine since 2010.
On Monday, she confided to a friend that at the time of his steamy clinch with Lily, she and Dominic were still "a great deal" together, and she'd said she considered the marriage "probably over".
A friend who came to comfort Catherine told MailOnline that she was "devastated" by the pictures because she thought she and Dominic had a "good marriage".
A bizarre depiction: The couple stood in front of their home in Wiltshire West shortly after 10:30 a.m. put their arm around their ten-year-old wife to take some staged smiling photos
Keep it off? Dominic made it clear that he was still not wearing his wedding ring – Catherine's was not visible
Make a point: Catherine was holding the piece of paper in her hand as they walked out of her garden gate
There's nothing to see here: Catherine had a big smile on her face when she and Dominic left the property after telling friends that she had "broken" because of Dominic's pictures with Lily
The actor and the Mamma Mia! Star Lily caused a stir with her passionate – and very public – performance and didn't seem to mind who saw her as they snuggled up while gazing at the sights of the Italian city.
A friend told MailOnline on Monday: “Catherine has seen the pictures and is devastated. I came over to speak to her as soon as I knew about them.
Catherine tried to speak to Dominic, but he doesn't answer the phone. She is totally shocked because she did not know that something was going on. They've been together a lot so this is completely out of the blue.
The calm before the storm? Earlier in the day, the actor looked dejected when he returned to the family home for showdown talks with Catherine, who were reportedly devastated to see the pictures of him with Lily
Oh dear: Dominic, 50, looked dejected in his silver Volvo around 8am that morning when one of his kids was in the back of the car
& # 39; She thought they had a good marriage and now it's probably over. This is how she feels now, but the two have to speak, but at the moment she is speechless. & # 39;
A gardener who lives on the grounds of the stunning property said, “This is her family's home and as you can see it is a wonderful place. They have great kids and everything you can think of.
& # 39; Catherine was devastated when she saw these pictures and they made us feel pretty numb too. It's a total shock to all of us who we know her. & # 39;
Before and after: Dominic with his wedding ring on (left) and without in Rome (right)
Cozy: The actor and Mamma Mia! star didn't seem to mind who saw them as they snuggled together and shared a ride on an electric scooter as they gazed at the sights and touched them tenderly all day
The neighbors of the picturesque postcard village in which Catherine lives with Dominic and their children – daughter Dora (13), son Senan (12), son Francis (11) and daughter Christabel (7) – have also gathered around her.
The actor also has another daughter Martha, 22, with former girlfriend Polly Astor.
One said, “To say she is in shock would be an understatement. She is heartbroken and has nothing to say publicly. She needs to be alone and have some time to herself. & # 39;
MailOnline has asked Dominic and Lily's representatives for a comment.
Caressed her face: the two saw each other very well as they sat in the sunshine
Interesting: Dominic, 50, is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama The Affair, which examines the emotional impact of an extramarital relationship between his character and Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson).
Lily and married actor Dominic surprised viewers when they saw each other kissing passionately while kissing outdoors during a romantic break in Rome on Sunday.
Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama The Affair, which explores the emotional impact of an extramarital relationship between his character and a younger woman named Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson) who catches his eye.
It was announced Thursday that Lily had finally broken up with 37-year-old The Crown star Matt Smith after a failed attempt to restart their relationship after a five-year romance.
Work together? A source told MailOnline that Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite in the top Hotel De La Ville with panoramic views of the whole city and just a two-minute walk from the Spanish Steps
Bringing memories: Dominic was close to Lily when she took photos on their day together
Closing: At the end of lunch, Lily was sitting next to Dominic and he couldn't resist kissing her neck and caressing her as he showed off his wedding ring
Love: The actor has been married to Irish landscape architect and aristocrat Catherine (right) since 2010 – no separation has been announced – they are parents to Dora (13), Senan (12), Francis (11) and Christabel (7) ( Picture in) 2017)
A source told MailOnline that Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite at the top Hotel De La Ville with panoramic views of the entire city and just a two-minute walk from the Spanish Steps.
They only left the hotel for a couple of hours on an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra. For lunch they joined their friend and joint manager, Angharad Wood, at a downtown restaurant.
At the end of lunch, Lily was sitting next to Dominic and he couldn't resist kissing her neck and caressing her.
Lily looked amazing wearing a lovely summer floral dress that had a split in the front and cream-colored espadrilles by Yves Saint Laurent.
Done and dusted: It was announced Thursday that 31-year-old Lily had finally split from 37-year-old Matt Smith after a failed attempt to restart their relationship after a five-year romance was revived (pictured 2015 ).
Role: Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama The Affair, which examines the emotional impact of an extramarital relationship between his character and Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson).
Collaboration: Lily and Dominic will star in Emily Mortimer's adaptation of Nancy Mitford's famous novel The Pursuit Of Love for the BBC, starring Emily Beecham & Andrew Scott – filming began in July
Congratulations on the anniversary: In July, Glin Castle in Ireland published a throwback picture of Dominic's wedding ten years later on her Instagram account
Dominic kept things simple in a light blue shirt and blue jeans worn with New Balance sneakers.
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Dominic West and Lily James.
The couple will star in Emily Mortimer's adaptation of Nancy Mitford's famous novel The Pursuit Of Love for the BBC, starring Emily Beecham & Andrew Scott. Filming began in July.
Safety first: the couple kept their masks in compliance with Italian rules and regulations throughout the day during the coronavirus pandemic
Tender: Dominic put his hand on Lily's back as the Downton star took more snapshots
Darting Around: Lily looked amazing wearing a lovely summer floral dress that had a split in the front and cream Yves Saint Laurent espadrilles as she drove through the streets with the actor
Multitasking: She found time to check her phone as she and Dominic took in the sights
Save money? Dominic took control all day when they decided not to order two scooters for their tour
Look at this: the couple were very sensitive when Dominic pointed out a few things to his companion
The three-part romantic comedy drama about love and friendship is filmed on location in Bristol and Bath as well as at Bottle Yard Studios.
The story takes place in Europe between the two world wars and follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett, played by Lily and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan, played by Beecham.
But the pair go way back, playing together in Othello at Sheffield & # 39; s Crucible in 2011. Lily played Desdemona when she was 22 and Dominic played Iago when she was 41.
Dominic previously spoke about his marriage and his wife Catherine in a 2015 interview with Vogue UK. He discussed his role as Noah Solloway in the steamy Showtime drama The Affair.
Stage buddies: The couple go way back, starring together in Othello at Sheffield & # 39; s Crucible in 2011 (pictured)
Get along well: The two of them have been clicking significantly since filming The Pursuit began in August, and no doubt these pictures will help the reviews a little
Turn left! Dominic gave instructions when Lily took control for a while
He said, “I really think what marriage is are two people helping each other to have the best life possible. And that's exactly what happened to me and my wife. That's why it works. She doesn't get jealous either. If she did the scenes that I do in The Affair, I would hate it. & # 39;
He praised his then wife and added, “Is she watching? She saw it a bit and I said, "What do you think?" And she said: "Yes, everything is fine!" She is incredibly undemanding in that way and it gives me a freedom that I never want to give up and I hope I do that for her too. & # 39;
In May, Matt and Lily sparked rumors they reconciled after they dated in their home after splitting up after being a couple last December after five years.
Well hydrated: Lily loved life when the table came down by a couple of bottles of white wine at lunch
She can't keep her hands off: Lily put her hand on Dominic's shoulder
She's done this before: Lily posed for a few snapshots for her manager's little girl who was out of whack
A source told The Sun that Lily and Matt realized that they would be better off as friends after trying hard to get their relationship up and running.
The source said, “They have gone back and forth this year to sort things out between them because they both love each other so much.
“But unfortunately it just doesn't work and they mutually decided to close this chapter of their lives.
Check insta? Lily was glued to her cell phone while Dominic chatted with the manager they share
Oh! It was reported that Lily and Matt realized they would be better off as friends after trying hard to get their relationship going, and she wanted to meet someone out of the spotlight
No hands! Lily seemed very trusting as she held onto her phone rather than the handles
Very romantic: Dominic kept his arms around her as her day went on in the sun
Hosting a Show: Lily made some serious movement while having her picture taken
She likes this: The actress had a big smile on her face as she looked at the pictures
"Now Lily just wants to find a normal man who's not in the spotlight because she found it pretty hard to be with another celebrity."
Lily and Matt first met in 2014 when they were filming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but didn't confirm their romance until February of the following year.
The couple separated in December 2019 after five years together. Their romance reportedly hit the buffers over Matt's closeness with 37-year-old Claire Foy, the Crown co-star.
In July, Lily was introduced to London with Captain America star Chris Evans.
The Mamma Mia actress returned to 39-year-old Chris' London hotel The Corinthia in the same taxi after partying at Mark & # 39; s Club in Mayfair just before 1am.
Ouch! Lily had a big bruise on her leg when she left a gift shop
Giggle: He showed her his cell phone as the two smiled through dinner
Nice day: the group looked like they had the best time
Yummy: Lily licked her lips as she sipped an espresso as the meal ran out
Bottoms up! Lily tossed back her glass of wine at lunch
Dominic recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he said he jumped for joy after learning of President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.
The 53-year-old GMB presenter Kate Garraway later announced that Dominic had "personally apologized" to her. She claimed he was "unaware" that her husband, also 53, Derek Draper was "still sick" with Covid-19.
The Wire actor didn't hold back when asked about his views on Trump's positive outcome after the 74-year-old president mined the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic for months.
Dominic appeared on a video link from his Wiltshire home and was rated "nasty" and "disgusting" after saying, "Well, I just popped up for joy."
& # 39; I think the phrase is & # 39; & # 39; what goes around comes around & # 39; & # 39 ;. I just hope he doesn't mind if he's elected from office. & # 39;
He was far from the only left wing social media user delighted with the president's diagnosis, with many advancing theories, that his illness would affect his chances in the November 3rd presidential election.
Kate asked if Dominic suggested wishing Trump well on a personal level, but perhaps he thought this was karmic as Trump had previously downplayed the virus.
The actor's words were a bit deaf as Kate's husband Derek, 53, is the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK when he is spending his seventh month in the hospital.
Dominic said, “Well, I suppose there is an element of schadenfreude.
“I'm not a fan of his, as you can probably see, and I just hope Biden stays safe and takes over the presidency as soon as possible. I think Trump is a disaster for America and the world. & # 39;
Move up a little: the couple went well with the fact that both of them fit on the scooter as they rode the cobblestone streets
Make yourself comfortable: you carefully looked left and right before going onto the main street
Panting: At some point Dominic removed his mask for a second when he got some air
Who has to run They were very much in their mode of transport that day
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