Their five-month union has been wracked by a recent report of infidelity, but Eva Longoria and Tony Parker stepped out together Thursday in an apparent sign of solidarity.
First, the NBA star, who has been accused of having an affair with French model Alexandra Paressant, paid a visit to Longoria on the set of a photo shoot. “They held hands and smiled,” said one onlooker. Both have vehemently denied to PEOPLE all allegations of infidelity.
At the Los Angeles Lakers game that same evening – as the injured Parker watched his San Antonio Spurs from the sidelines – Longoria cheered them on from her seat behind the Spurs bench. The 32-year-old Desperate Housewives star, who was wearing her wedding ring, chatted with celebrity pals Mario Lopez and Kevin Connolly and posed for pictures with fans.
After his team’s loss, Parker and Longoria headed out for a sushi dinner at Katsuya in Hollywood with a group of friends. Although the basketball star, 25, was noticeably subdued throughout the meal, he did lavish attention on his wife, slipping his arm around her shoulders and, at one point, leaning in to kiss her forehead.
A source close to the couple insists, “They are perfectly happy, despite everything that’s going on.”
That’s certainly the image they’re showing to the world. Just after midnight, they headed out of the restaurant through the front door and walked hand-in-hand through the waiting crowd of paparazzi.
• Reporting by MARY MARGARET and ABBY STERN