August 8, 2008
Sienna Miller is lashing out at critics over her romance with married father-of-four, Balthazar Getty.
Friends close to the star have come out in her defence, claiming her relationship with the oil heir began several months after he had secretly split from his wife Rosetta at the end of last year.
And on Thursday the pair enjoyed a very public show of togetherness as they shopped in upmarket boutiques in the exclusive Los Angeles coastal suburb of Malibu.
Sienna, 26, and Balthazar, 33, spent an hour buying the actress clothes.As they relaxed with a coffee afterwards, Balthazar planted a loving kiss on her forehead, according to The Sun.
Despite reports Balthazar is desperate to reconcile with his wife, sources are also adamant he and Sienna are still an item.
An insider told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six: 'Sienna and he are in love. They are living together in LA. Everyone knows about her and accepts her.
'She and Balthazar met through friends and he was already separated from his wife.
'He should have announced his separation a lot earlier than he did - he'd been sleeping on friends' couches for six months.
'She was always told he was separated.'
This is not the first time that Miss Miller has dated a married man. Jude Law was still married to Sadie Frost when they started dating on the set of Alfie.
But friends insist she has learnt her lesson.
'There's no way she would ever get involved with another married man after Jude.'
In July, Getty was pictured kissing a topless Sienna on a yacht off Italy's Amalfi Coast.
They had reportedly been seeing each other since May, soon after Sienna split from Rhys Ifans.
The source, apparently eager to mend the Factory Girl star's 'home wrecker' reputation, added: 'It's just annoying that all this misinformation is out there.'