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Olivia Wilde says Harry Styles ‘spitgate’ is ‘perfect example of people looking for drama’

‘I think it’s a perfect example of, like, people will look for drama anywhere they can’

Peony Hirwani
Friday 23 September 2022 08:30 BST
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Harry Styles jokes he ‘spit on Chris Pine’ during Venice premiere
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Olivia Wilde addressed the rumour surrounding Harry Styles “spitting” on Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival.

During Wednesday’s (21 September) appearance on The Late Show, the Don’t Worry Darling director set the record straight by saying that “Harry did not spit on Chris”.

“I think it’s a perfect example of, like, people will look for drama anywhere they can,” she added.

Earlier this month, an interaction between Styles and Pine at the Venice screening of Don’t Worry Darling went viral on social media.

In the clip, it was claimed that Styles “appears to spit” on Pine while taking his seat next to the him, who then looks down and stops clapping.

After watching the clip, many fans started claiming Styles “definitely did” spit on his co-actor.

Other viewers dismissed the “spitting” claim and said Styles would never do such a thing “on purpose”.

After the incident, Pine’s representatives issued a statement about the rumour, saying: “This is a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation.

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“Just to be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.”

A source close to Styles also told The Independent that the alleged incident was “not true”.

You can read The Independent’s review of Don’t Worry Darling here.

The film will be released in theatres on 23 September.

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