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Timeline of Lily James's Relationship with Boyfriend Michael Shuman Whom She Reportedly Started Dating in 2021

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jul 23, 2022
11:20 A.M.

Lily James' boyfriend, Michael Shuman, has sparked the interest of the actress' fans. Last year, the couple made their relationship public. Here's how and when Shuman and James' relationship began.


Lily James's new boyfriend is Michael Shuman, whom the actress met at the beginning of 2021. It happened not long after the actress was embroiled in an alleged romance with actor Dominic West, a married man.

James's new boyfriend is a musician who goes by the stage name Mickey Shoes. The growing number of people who follow him on Instagram shows that he's pretty famous in the music scene. Despite their popularity, they seldom post images together.



James quietly found herself a famous boyfriend. She was reportedly seen in public sipping smoothies with Shuman, a member of Queens of the Stone Age's band.

Shuman's rock band earned a Grammy nomination for their work. In addition to playing bass in the band, he is also a talented songwriter. In addition, he is also a member of other rock groups Mini Mansion, Wires on Fire, and Jubilee.

James made headlines in February 2021 when she was photographed kissing Shuman in Suffolk, England, where the 31-year-old actress was filming her upcoming film "What's Love Got to Do With It?"


The kiss sent fans into a frenzy. James and the 36-year-old musician began following one other on Instagram. Apparently, the English starlet had already dated someone else before Shuman entered the picture.

James reportedly dated "The Crown" actor Matt Smith for five years. They broke up in December 2019, then rekindled their relationship in May 2020, only to call it quits afterward.

Michael Shuman's follows Lily James' Instagram. | Source: Instagram.com/mikeyshoesss

Michael Shuman's follows Lily James' Instagram. | Source: Instagram.com/mikeyshoesss

Shortly after her and Smith's breakup, James sparked romance rumors with actor Chris Evans. James and the "Captain America" actor were first spotted together in a taxi after leaving a club in London in July 2020.

A few days later, James and the "Avengers" star went out and enjoyed eating ice cream together in a park close to Buckingham Palace.

Lily James follows Michael Shuman's Instagram. | Source: Instagram.com/lilyjamesofficial

Lily James follows Michael Shuman's Instagram. | Source: Instagram.com/lilyjamesofficial

APRIL 2021

Shuman and James' relationship appears to be getting more serious as they were photographed walking together on a street to meet the musician's parents in Los Angeles, California, in April 2021.

According to E!, Shuman held a vase of pastel flowers in one hand while holding the "Pam a& Tommy" actress's hands in the other. James donned a black t-shirt, a black and white checkered skirt, and a white cardigan on her arms.

Meanwhile, Shuman, who plays bass guitar for Queens of the Stone Age, completed his ensemble with a stylish black jacket, trousers, and Chelsea boots.


James seems to be serious about meeting her boyfriend's parents, as she is keen to put an end to the famed scandal between her and West, her co-star in the romance series "Pursuit of Love."

Five months before James went public with Shuman, she was apparently caught kissing West in Italy, oblivious that the latter had been married to Catherine FitzGerald for a long time.

While in Rome for two days, James and West were spotted riding around on a scooter together. At one time, West reportedly leaned over and kissed James on the neck.


Later, West and his wife displayed PDA in front of the paparazzi, implying that their marriage is still intact despite the controversy and reports that they separated. The couple announced that they are very much together.

The couple added that their marriage remains intact. West and his wife, an architect, have been married since 2010, and they have four children together: Sena, Martha, Francis, and Dora.


James seemed relieved when she learned about the couple's public kiss. According to a source, she felt "mortified" and shocked that photos of her and the 53-year-old actor circulated on social media.

According to the source, the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" actress decided to remain silent in the face of the controversy and criticisms thrown against her. The source stated:

"She wants it all to go away and is just laying low hoping it will pass quickly."



When James was seen walking along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in August 2021, wearing a gold band on her finger, eagle-eyed fans began to speculate whether her rockstar boyfriend had proposed to her.

James donned a floral tie-front blouse and white mom jeans, and she accented her appearance with a little gold ring that she wore on the fourth finger of her left hand, which is traditionally designated for an engagement ring.

The "Baby Driver" actress went shopping with her two friends after spending a fun weekend with Shuman at Disneyland, California. She appeared cautious about her ring and was later seen without wearing it.


On the other hand, a representative for James denied the "Downtown Abbey" actress accepted a marriage proposal from the artist, declaring, "This is 100 % not true."



Shuman and James reportedly became an official couple on Instagram on February 17, 2022. The "Rebecca" actress uploaded multiple photographs of magnificent sunsets and a vast peaceful sea in an undisclosed area.

However, she just captioned her post "postcards from the edge" with a tiny white dove emoji. Aside from the panoramic images, she also uploaded a snapshot of a rear portion of Shuman's head. He gazed his eyes at sea.

The post earned over 100,000 reactions. James included in her post two old black-and-white pictures of a woman wearing a white veil and a young couple dressed in vintage outfits while sitting at a concrete structure.

A photo of Michael Shuman looking at the sea. | Source: Source: Instagram.com/lilyjamesofficial

A photo of Michael Shuman looking at the sea. | Source: Source: Instagram.com/lilyjamesofficial


MARCH 2022

In addition, James and Shuman made their red carpet debut at the 94th Academy Awards in March 2022. He looked handsome in a black suit, while she looked stunning in a flowing pink lace gown with a thigh-high split.

James grew less shy about posting sweet images of them together after sharing a photo of Michael's head a few months ago.


The "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" actress strolled the red carpet smiling and waving to admirers while holding hands with her attractive beau, who donned sleek blonde hair.

The lovely pair seemed to be having a great time together. A source reportedly shared to Metro the adorable couple "looked happy together" as they emerged from the hotel a few minutes later, joking and smiling.

Lily James and Michael Shuman attend the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Lily James and Michael Shuman attend the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022. | Source: Getty Images


James grew less shy about posting sweet images of them together after sharing a photo of Michael's head a few months ago. She also shared a picture of her boyfriend.

The "Cinderella" star recently shared a photo of Shuman with his phone covering his face as they lounged on a balcony on a bright day in Los Angeles. He sported a cool pair of sunglasses on his head.


James took the picture while lying on a couch, facing her stunning boyfriend. She merely showed a portion of her legs instead of her face. The cute snap racked up over 70,000 reactions.


Another black-and-white photo showed the attractive couple, dressed in color-coordinated attire, standing close to each other under a tree at a recent Chanel event. "Stunning as always, Lily," a fan commented.


JUNE 2022

A few months later, James fanned another rumor that Schuman had proposed to her in June 2022 at the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, England. This is the second time fans have speculated about James's engagement with her beau.

Shuman and James stepped out to the iconic Pyramid Stage at the time, immediately before legendary The Beatles band bassist Paul McCartney's could start his main performance that day.

Although James donned a baggy ensemble that comprised a bucket hat, sunglasses, an oversized black leather jacket, blue denim pants, and boots, the gold band on her ring finger stood out the most.


Neither James nor Shuman responded publicly to the purported engagement. However, James's representative has previously denied that such a milestone occurred between the pair.

James and Shuman have joined the list of well-known couples speculated to be engaged since both keep the details of their relationship private.

Another famous pair, Macaulay Caulkin and Brenda Song, were rumored to be engaged when their fans noticed Song recently sported a diamond ring on her finger. Both have not confirmed their engagement.

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