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Lily James May Have A New Boyfriend

And it’s someone pretty unexpected.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:   Lily James arrives at The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall on December 2, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Between her links to a Marvel superhero and a faux member of the British royal family, English actor Lily James’ dating life has been a major source of interest among tabloids and fans, especially following her quarantine date with Chris Evans last summer. So, who is The Pursuit of Love actor currently dating in 2020? It’s hard to pinpoint since James is notoriously private about the details of her love life, never indulging the masses with confirmations of her relationship. Still, James has been linked to some of your favourite actors on both the big and small screen.

James was presumed to be linked to Dominic West last October after the two were spotted getting cozy in Rome, but West, a married man, attempted to squash the rumours when he and his landscape designer wife Catherine FitzGerald posed for photos outside of their home on Tuesday, Oct. 13, holding up a sheet of paper that read, “Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together. Thank you.”

Prior to the debacle with West, James had been linked to The Crown actor Matt Smith. James and Smith met in 2014 while filming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and romance rumours emerged after the two were spotted at the Cannes Film Festival together that same year. The duo then made a number of red carpet appearances together, such as the 2015 red carpet premiere of James’ film Cinderella. And in 2018, James offered rare insights into the relationship in an interview with Marie Claire UK, opening up about some of the challenges the two face with their nonstop actor schedules.

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“You have to trust that things won’t go away if you stop for a bit. I haven’t really stopped, and I don’t think that’s a feasible way to work,” James said. “For me, eventually, that’s not the lifestyle I want.” She added, “That’s not only with regards to my relationship with Matt, but with my friends and family. 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.”

While the two were presumed to be engaged after James was spotted with a ring on that finger, but by December 2019 break up rumours abounded. (They were spotted together in March of 2020, briefly fueling speculation of a reunion) Fast forward to July, though, and James sparked romance rumors again — this time with Captain America actor Chris Evans after the two were spotted out together in London. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in September, James wouldn’t confirm nor deny her relationship with Evans, but offered some sage advice that she would give her younger self: “Don’t be obsessed by boys! Hang out with your girl mates,” she said. “And don’t take everything so seriously — be kind to yourself."

Fast forward to February 2021 and it appeared James had a new love interest in her life when a Daily Mail source claimed to have spotted her kissing musician and Queens of The Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman. In the subsequent months, the pair have been seen looking couple-y in LA on several occasions but have yet to publicly confirm whether or not they’re dating. Watch this space.

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