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Relationships can be tricky, especially when you’re a celebrity in the spotlight. However, despite some celebs — like Zac Efron, Ariana Grande, and Reese Witherspoon — who decided to date or marry people from outside the Hollywood bubble, some have only ever dated famous people. Just look at Pete Davidson’s dating history or Jennifer Lopez’s uber-famous exes.
Another star who has a short — but famous — list of romances is Lily James. The actor, who’s best known for her roles in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Pam & Tommy,” has dated some very familiar faces.
James’ earliest connection was with British actor Jack Fox, whom she dated for about a year from 2011 to 2012, according to Us Weekly. Though not much can be said about the couple’s private life, they did walk a few red carpets together throughout their relationship.
Keep scrolling to find out about James’ other high-profile romances, including her rumored engagement to “The Crown” star Matt Smith and fling with Captain America himself, Chris Evans.
Lily James almost married The Crown's Matt Smith
Lily James’ romance with Matt Smith was her longest relationship, as it lasted over five years and resulted in a rumored engagement. The couple — who met while filming “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” in 2014 (per the Daily Mail) — seemed like they intended to take the next step. James even discussed the possibility of marrying “The Crown” star with the Sunday Times, but sadly, they broke things off in December 2019.
At the time, there were rumors Smith’s close friendship with Claire Foy had something to do with the split, however, other sources told The Sun the two couldn’t make it work because of their hectic schedules. James, herself, even commented on the challenges she and Smith faced in 2018. “There’s so much you miss. That’s why I know I can’t keep working at this intensity. I finish a job; Matt starts one,” she told Marie Claire U.K.
In early 2020, there were rumors the pair was back together, but they reportedly decided they were better off as friends.
She had a rumored fling with Chris Evans
Though sources told The Sun that Lily James wanted to find a “normal guy who’s not in the spotlight because she found it quite tough being with another celebrity,” she was spotted cozying up to “Captain America” star Chris Evans in July 2020. She was first seen sharing a cab with him after spending a night out together in London (per the Daily Mail) before they were photographed eating ice cream on what appeared to be a date in a local park.
But despite sparking major dating rumors, the fling ended with those two outings — or so we think, since they were never spotted out in public again. When James was asked to comment on her relationship with the actor during an interview for the November 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.K., she expertly deflected the question and responded with: “Don’t be obsessed by boys! Hang out with your girl mates. And don’t take everything so seriously — be kind to yourself.”
Lily James was also romantically linked to Dominic West
Shortly after her rumored connection with Chris Evans, Lily James made headlines when she was photographed kissing Dominic West in Rome in October 2020. The two, who met on the set of the film “Pursuit of Love,” found themselves at the center of a scandal as West, who has been married to Catherine FitzGerald since 2010, was spotted without his wedding ring.
Following the controversy, he and his wife released a joint statement (per People): “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together. Thank you.” Unfortunately, rumors surrounding James and West’s relationship did not go away. At the time, James remained silent about the matter, but during an interview with The Guardian in May 2021, a reporter asked, “You found yourself at the centre of a media storm last autumn. What was that like?” She responded, “Ach, I’m not really willing to talk about that. There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid.”
It’s unclear if James plans to tell her side of the story, but she seems to have moved on with rocker Michael Shuman, according to People.
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