Olivia Wilde has finally broken her silence on the bizarre ‘spit’ saga surrounding her boyfriend Harry Styles and his Don’t worry dear co-star Chris Pine.
Video of the incident, in which Styles apparently spits on Pine, 28 as he sits next to him at the film’s glitzy Venice premiere that went viral two weeks ago.
The clip sparked rumors of a rift between the pair amid widespread whispers of ongoing tension on the set of the Wilde-directed psychological thriller.
Pine’s management rejected the allegations, describing it as a “ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of a strange internet illusion that is clearly deceptive and provides an opportunity for foolish speculation”.
“To be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine,” the spokesperson said Diversity.
“There is nothing but respect between these two men and any other suggestions are a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.”
Wilde touched on the saga on Thursday (Australian time). The Late Show with Stephen Colbertdescribing it as “another one of our weird rumors … you might have heard about.”
“Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine, why or not? Support your answer, Colbert asked.
“No, no,” said Wilde.
“But I think it’s a great example of how people will look for drama wherever they can. Harry didn’t actually spit on Chris…”
A mocking Colbert said, “Only time will tell.”
“No, he really isn’t,” said Wilde.
Styles also poked fun at the controversy during a recent concert in New York.
“This is our 10th show at Madison Square Garden, it’s great, great, great to be back here,” he told the crowd on Sept. 7.
“I just popped into Venice to spit on Chris Pine, but never fear, we’re back!”
Against the background of reports of tension in the village Don’t worry dear set – claims of an altercation between Wilde and lead actress Florence Pugh.
Reports in July suggested that Wilde’s on-set romance with Styles “didn’t sit well” with Pugh, as it began while the director was allegedly still with her former co-star Jason Sudeikis.
There were also rumors, which Wilde denied, that Pugh was paid less than a third of what Stiles earned for the film (a reported $700,000 to Stiles’ $2.5 million).
Wilde called these rumors “tabloid gossip.”