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Olivia Wilde clarifies the drama surrounding Harry Styles, Chris Pine and their alleged viral spitting incident. Earlier this month, the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ stars and the rest of the cast met in Italy at the 79th annual Venice Film Festival to promote their upcoming thriller, but things didn’t go smoothly.
On September 5th a Video went viral Online, in which some say it appeared Styles allegedly spat on his co-star at a film screening. A Twitter user fueled speculation with one GIF in slow motion from the video in a tweet that reads, “He 100% spat on Chris Pine.” Others chimed in with their own interpretations of what they think took place – including a tweet Das noted that Pine may have just been looking for his sunglasses after a round of applause – but Wilde denies anything repulsive took place.
On September 21, the Don’t Worry Darling director visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to address the controversy surrounding her film. “Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Why or why not? Support your answer,” the late-night talk show host jokingly asked Wilde. To which she said, “He hasn’t, but I think it’s a perfect example of people going to seek drama wherever they can. Harry actually didn’t spit at Chris.” With a laugh, Colbert replied, “We’ll see.”
A rep for Pine previously confirmed that nothing scandalous happened between the former and Styles. In a statement to People on the alleged incident, the spokesperson said: “This is a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of a weird online illusion that is clearly deceptive and allows for silly speculation. Just to be clear, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men, and any other suggestion is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply doesn’t exist.” Representatives from Pine and Styles did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s earlier requests for comment.
After speculation mounted over the incident, now dubbed #Spitgate, Styles put the rumors lightly on the back burner during his show “Love On Tour” on Sept. 7 in New York City. “This is our 10th show at Madison Square Garden. It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York. I just drove to Venice really fast to spit on Chris Pine,” he said said jokingly. “But don’t worry, we’re back!”
For the past few months, “Don’t Worry Darling” has been mired in controversy, with rumors of everything from alleged pay discrepancies to behind-the-scenes drama over the casting of Styles’ character Jack. The role was originally given to Shia LaBeouf, but Variety reported that Wilde fired him, with Warner Bros. citing a “scheduling conflict.” The actor later came forward to deny the claim, claiming via email to the outlet that he “quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time.” Wilde has also repeatedly addressed her decision to fire LaBeouf, both in the October issue of Vanity Fair and again during her appearance on The Late Show.
Aside from casting disputes, Wilde has also been rumored to be involved with Florence Pugh, the lead actress in her film, but has denied such claims. During the Venice Film Festival, Wilde was asked to “clean the air” about Pugh, a question to which she responded by saying, “Florence is a force and we’re so grateful she can make it tonight, although she is in the production of ‘Dune.’ As a director, I know how disruptive it is to lose an actor for even a day, so I’m very grateful to her and Denis Villeneuve for helping us out, and we’re really excited to be able to celebrate their work tonight . I can’t say enough how honored I am to have her as the leading lady. She’s amazing in the film,” People said.
See what else Wilde had to say about Spitgate, her alleged feud with Pugh, and other “Don’t Worry Darling” scandals in the video above.