Where were you when you discovered that Lily James is no longer dating Chris Evans? I was casually browsing Twitter when the news broke that James was now getting up close and personal with Dominic West. Twitter was a-flutter for many reasons, the primary one being that West is married and has five children. Hmm…
The news came courtesy of some well-photographed exclusive images via The Daily Mail, which show Cinderella and McNulty canoodling in a very dramatic fashion. We’re talking full-on face stroking (with masks on, don’t worry), cuddles from behind, and a joint scooter ride while James is wearing a maxi dress. The glamour!
West and James will be seen together on-screen in fictional form soon as part of the latest adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love.
Social media is, of course, ablaze with opinion. So, where do we start?
You’ll notice that it’s Lily James who’s trending and not Dominic West, despite the fact that he’s the one with a wife, gaggle of kids, and a literal castle. The ‘slut’ narrative is already forming, I see. This is nothing new, alas. The woman always gets the blame in situations like this, as if she tricked the poor happily married man into carnal pleasures. We get it, tabloids, you really want another Brangelina drama to milk for all it’s worth. It’s not going to happen.
A lot of people online seem flabbergasted that James would shack up with a 50-year-old man, as if he isn’t Dominic f**king West. Much of the narrative right now seems centered on the notion that James must have left Captain America for this aged crone, which we have zero evidence of, but it makes for a fun story, of course.
We have no idea if West is still married to his wife, the lavishly named Catherine Celinda Leopoldine FitzGerald, who is a member of an aristocratic dynasty and the owner of a literal castle. Maybe they split quietly. The issue here is optics. Because right now, all the public is seeing is an older man cuddling up with his younger co-star, and said dude was on a show called The Affair. The jokes write themselves. Come on, dude, think about it!
If the Daily Mail did indeed capture an extra-marital affair in action, this is just another reminder that celebrities have to keep their sh*t locked down. Just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic and everyone’s wearing masks, that doesn’t mean you’re safe. Someone will rat you out, and it may be your own team. Lily James and her team are no fools. She’s done pap walks in the past. Remember her totes casual time in the park with Chris Evans?
not me still shipping lily james and chris evans. please they could've saved 2020 pic.twitter.com/uO2NM3Kkv7— jules (@woodsbenoists) October 12, 2020
This is not to say that James called the Mail to show off her married lover or anything, but to remind everyone that these stars are not blissfully ignorant of the game they’re playing. She has a big new Netflix movie coming out soon. He’s doing a bunch of TV work. They’re both in a new hotly hyped and expensive upcoming BBC/Amazon drama. Really, they should know what they’re doing by now. If this was an introduction to a new celeb couple then it failed miserably because, you know, as far as we know, he’s still married!
This will not end well.
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