LILY James cancelled yet another big interview for her new Netflix drama in the wake of her and Domic West's kiss scandal.
The pair caused shockwaves just over a week ago when photos of them kissing and being intimate during a Rome holiday emerged online – with Dominic 19 years Lily's senior and married.
Now it has been reported that 31-year-old Lily abruptly pulled out of a press event at short notice after the story broke.
She has since cancelled scheduled appearances on America's Today Show and The Graham Norton Show on this side of the Atlantic.
Lily is currently on the PR trail for her new starring role in Rebecca alongside Armie Hammer, but she has refused all interviews since her and Dominic's cosy relationship was exposed.
A source has told Page Six that the British star initially attended a Hollywood Foreign Press event last Tuesday, the day after the photos were published, but then backed out of interviews just 45 minutes before they were supposed to go ahead.
The insider explained: "It was a two-day junket. On the first day, Lily was joined by the producers who it seemed were there to protect her from anyone asking questions about the photos.
"The next day, when members of the HFPA and others were due to talk to her, she pulled out at the 11th hour. There was no explanation."
The news comes after it was revealed that BBC bosses were left scrambling to find a last-minute replacement for Lily after she pulled out of this Friday's Graham Norton Show.
It has been confirmed that Lily plans to appear on the show "at a later date" – and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Mawaan Rizwan and Stephen Mangan have stepped in to fill the sofa this week.
Lily and 50-year-old Dominic, who play a father and daughter in upcoming BBC drama The Pursuit Of Love, caused shockwaves when they were seen kissing and cuddling while on holiday in Rome last weekend with Dominic at one point putting his hand on Lily's bottom.
The duo were spotted as they spent two nights 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. Lily is yet to comment on the photos.
At the time, it was reported that Dominic's wife Catherine Fitzgerald had been left "devastated and heartbroken" – with it confirmed that she and Dominic were still together having married in 2010.
But the next day, the couple put on a loved-up display outside of their family home where they insisted that they had a "strong marriage", with Catherine even kissing her husband before giving out a handwritten note that asserted they were still happy together.
Yesterday, The Sun revealed that Catherine had fled to her mum's house in Ireland as pals said she needs "space".
She is said to be feeling "humiliated" after a second set of photos that showed them looking cosy at the airport emerged.
The friend told us: "Catherine has tried her best to put on a brave face, but ultimately, seeing a second set of pictures made her feel even more humiliated.
“It’s been so hard for her and she shocked even herself with how dignified and graceful she has been throughout this.
“Taking herself away to her mother’s home is giving her time to properly think about everything and how they can work this out.”
Dominic confirmed earlier this week that landscape gardener Catherine had travelled alone to Ireland.
He said: “She’s on a work trip. She’s gone by herself.”
Questioned about whether the pair were still together, The Affair star insisted: “Of course we are, very much together. Our relationship is fine.”
Catherine is expected to quarantine for a fortnight at her family’s ancestral home, Glin Castle, in Limerick.
A source told New! magazine that Dominic had told his wife his and Lily's intimacy was down to a "midlife crisis" and he is desperate to "make it up to her" for the sake of their family.
The pair are mum and dad to 13-year-old Dora, 12-year-old Senan, 11-year-old Francis, and seven-year-old Christabel.
Dominic also has an older daughter from a previous relationship.
Meanwhile, 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.
Lily was previously defended after she was branded a "homewrecker" by critics, with furious fans pointing out the "sexist double standards" of the criticism and that Dominic was the one who has been unfaithful.
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 cheats on his wife – and the mother of his four children – with a waitress that he meets in a diner.
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