She was an actress, he was a mob boss, it could never work. Her spotlight would shine to brightly on his activities, and his activities would affect her career. But he refused to let her go.
Instead, he found a distraction. An activist, involved in numerous charities, gooder than good. A deal was made. The activist and the actress would have a public relationship.
The mob boss would stay in the shadows, the charities would get noticed, the actress' brand would benefit. Everyone would be happy. Nobody would get hurt.
It worked for a while. The actress and the activist appeared on red carpets around the world. Back at the hotels they would go to separate rooms.
The activist into his and the actress in the mob boss'. A good system. Until one night the mob boss had business elsewhere. The actress and the activist had time together and got to talking.
One thing led to another and you know how the story goes. They fell in love for real. The fake relationship became a real relationship hidden in plain sight.
They performed for the cameras and the mob boss still and snatched moments of real passion together when they could. The mob boss stayed in the dark.
One day in Cannes a maid came into a room to clean it and was met with the most horrific mess she had ever seen. Blood was everywhere.
No one would ever be prosecuted for the murder of the actress and the activist. The public mourned them and could only wonder why they were so violently killed.
Their true love remained hidden to the end to everybody in the world apart from one.