Lily James defended by furious fans after actress is branded a 'homewrecker' for snogging married co-star Dominic West

LILY James has been defended by furious fans after she was branded a "homewrecker" for snogging married co-star Dominic West.

The 31-year-old beauty was spotted enjoying a romantic holiday in Rome with 50-year-old Dominic.

Dominic has been married to his wife Catherine Fitzgerald for 10 years; the pair share three children together and it has since been reported that they were "very much together" when the photos emerged.

The actor, who shot to fame playing a love rat in The Affair, was spotted kissing Lily, as well as grabbing her bum, and cuddling up to her on an electric scooter as they took in the sights of the city.

Since news of the relationship broke earlier today, Lily has been targeted by cruel trolls for kissing a married man, with others lashing out at their 19-year age gap.

However, fans have called out the "sexist double standards" of the criticism – pointing out that Dominic is the one who has been unfaithful.

Sharing photos of Lily and Dominic together, one critic exclaimed: "LILY JAMES A HOMEWRECKER?"

Another sniped: "Completely changed my view on Lily James, what a s*****r. Imagine going for a married man, vile."

Leaping to her defense, a fan argued: "Just an FYI: Dominic West has a ten year marriage. Lily James does not.

"She is not responsible for his marriage. He is. Slut shaming will never be cute.

"Hold men accountable instead of blaming 'the other woman' just because it’s easier."

One more wrote: "Lily James can do whatever she wants. She is single. Dominic West is married.

"Only one of these people is being slut shamed online. Your misogyny is showing, people."

A third asked: "Why is Lily James being slut shamed when Dominic West is the one cheating on his wife and slobbering all over her?"

The Sun revealed earlier this month that Lily had split from The Crown actor Matt Smith for good after they attempted to rekindle their romance in lockdown following their break-up last year after a five-year relationship.

Dominic married Irish landscape designer and aristocrat Catherine in 2010, and new reports have said that she is "devastated and heartbroken" by the snaps – and Dominic is ignoring her desperate phone calls.

He and Lily are currently working together on an adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel The Pursuit Of Love for BBC One and Amazon, with filming confirmed to have started earlier this year.

The pair were spotted as they spent two nights of passion in a suite at the top of swanky Hotel De La Ville in Rome.

In the pictures, Dominic is seen stroking Lily's hair as they get lunch together and smiling at the beauty before leaning in for a kiss.

Dominic first rose to prominence in US hit series The Wire in 2002 before playing a love cheat in The Affair between 2014 and 2019.

The steamy Sky Atlantic series saw the British actor take on the role of Noah, who repeatedly cheats on his wife – and the mother of his four children – with a waitress that he meets in a downtown diner.

The Sun Online have contacted Dominic and Lily's reps for comment.

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