EXCLUSIVE: Dominic West plans lavish 50th birthday party for wife Catherine FitzGerald in the Cotswolds ‘to show how much he loves her’ after Lily James scandal
Dominic West has planned a lavish 50th birthday party for his wife Catherine FitzGerald in the Cotswolds, MailOnline can reveal.
The Affair actor, 51, whose 10-year marriage to Catherine hung by a thread after he was pictured passionately kissing Downton Abbey star Lily James, 32, last October, has invited close friends and family to celebrate his wife’s milestone birthday.
A source told MailOnline Dominic has been looking for ways to show Catherine how much he loves her and he hopes throwing her an extravagant garden party in the Cotswolds this weekend will make her feel special.
‘He wants to make her feel special again’: Dominic West has planned a lavish 50th birthday party for his wife Catherine FitzGerald in the Cotswolds, MailOnline can reveal
It follows reports that Catherine is ‘steering clear’ of new BBC One period drama The Pursuit of Love, which stars Dominic and Lily and currently airs on Sunday evenings.
‘Dominic has been doing everything he can to make things up to Catherine, she stuck by him throughout the toughest time in their marriage and now he wants to make her feel special again,’ a source revealed.
‘He’s renowned for hosting big parties, lockdown restrictions have eased and finally all the attention will be on Catherine, instead of him and Lily.’
Catherine, who’s a landscape designer, turned 50 earlier this week on May 18.
Her 50th birthday comes seven months after she and Dominic, who share four children together, claimed in a handwritten note left outside their Wiltshire home: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you.’
Scandal: The Affair actor’s 10-year marriage to Catherine hung by a thread after he was pictured passionately kissing Downton Abbey star Lily James last October (pictured in 2019)
Their marriage faced public scrutiny after Dominic was pictured kissing co-star Lily in Rome last year.
The pair also rode together on an electric scooter the same week it was confirmed Lily and ex-boyfriend, The Crown actor Matt Smith, 38, had parted ways.
While Lily hasn’t publicly addressed the nature of her former relationship with Dominic yet, she said in an interview this month ‘there is a lot to say.’
When asked about Dominic, she replied: ‘I’m not really willing to talk about that. There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid.’
Romantic: Dominic and Lily rode together on an electric scooter the same week it was confirmed the Mamma Mia! star and ex-boyfriend, The Crown actor Matt Smith had split
It was revealed this week that Catherine had banned The Pursuit of Love from being screened in her house after the BBC drama airing brought back bad memories.
According to sources, Catherine has also struggled with seeing new pictures of Lily dressed as Baywatch star Pamela Anderson as she films series Pam and Tommy.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Catherine has been incredibly strong since the pictures of Dominic and Lily came to light.
‘But now it feels like it’s all coming back to her, with The Pursuit of Love on TV and Lily filming as Pamela.
‘Catherine is avoiding social media and any websites where she might see the pictures.’
‘Bad memories’: It has been reported that Catherine is ‘steering clear’ of new BBC One drama The Pursuit of Love, which stars Dominic and Lily (pictured) and currently airs on Sundays
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