“ARROGANT” Dominic West kissed wife Catherine Fitzgerald in a “toe-curling display of denial” outside their home today, according to a body language expert.
The 50-year-old star had been spotted kissing his 31-year-old co-star Lily James on a romantic break in Rome at the weekend.
Dominic flew home for crisis talks at his £1.8million country cottage last night, after the pictures emerged and put on a staged display of unity with his wife today.
Body language expert Judi James told Fabulous: “’Denial’ poses are notoriously toe-curling and this one is clearly no exception.
“The stunt looks led by wife Catherine who leads Dominic out of the house wearing a smug-looking, closed-lips winners smile and clutching their statement in one hand while a rather less keen-looking Dominic follows wearing a frown and with his hands stuffed in his pockets in what looks like a desire to avoid or hide.”
Dominic was pictured kissing Catherine, who had a tissue in her hand as well as a handwritten note, which he read to the press.
Judi said Catherine looked like she was gazing at Dominic’s face with “old-fashioned yearning”, but Dominic didn’t mirror this sentiment.
She explained: “Dominic decides to avoid any eye contact and pin his eye expression on the cameras instead.
“The one raised brow and smile does resemble something bordering on smugness although the hand in one pocket still suggests a sense of reluctance about the whole ritual.”
Speaking of their smooch in front of the cameras, Judi added: “The ‘kiss’ also looks Catherine-driven. As she stretches up adoringly, leaning into his body, clearly wanting to look lost in the romantic moment on the street, Dominic’s own body language could be mistaken for arrogance.
“His hand is still in his pocket and his chest is puffed as his torso is turned towards the cameras.
“His one hand on his wife’s back does seem to hold her close but the very closed-mouth kiss does, naturally, appear rather awkward.
“Their side by side smiles are probably a very slightly more natural signal of unity with some mirroring between her teeth-baring grin and his rather more guarded beam.”
Speaking at their Wiltshire cottage, Dominic said: “I just want to say our marriage is strong and we are very much still together.”
He and Lily are starring together in Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit Of Love, with Dominic playing love rat Noah Solloway.
Dominic and Catherine have been married since 2010 and share four children – daughter Dora, 13, son Senan, 12, son Francis, 11, and Christabel, seven.
Dominic, who shot to fame playing a love rat in The Affair, was spotted snogging his younger co-star, as well as grabbing her bum, and cuddling up to her on an electric scooter as they took in the sights of the city.
A friend of Catherine’s yesterday claimed that they rushed to the West’s family home to console the actor’s wife who was understandably “devastated”.
They explained: “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.”
Lily recently split from her Doctor Who and The Crown star ex Matt Smith, 37.
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We previously shared how Dominic West’s wife is ‘devastated and heartbroken’ after seeing him kissing Lily James on romantic retreat.
And last month Lily James showed off her amazing figure for glamorous magazine shoot.
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