On Thursday night, Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde went on a date in New York City. In the streets of Manhattan, the couple passionately kissed and hugged each other.
The pop star, 28, and the actress, 38, dressed casually for their outing. Wilde wore loose denim, a white top, and a black hoodie, while Styles wore a white shirt, baggy blue jeans, and a cream jacket.
Harry Styles wrapped up his 15-night residency at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, with Wilde cheering him on from the arena’s VIP section.
The couple’s steamy interactions the next night came just weeks after they were rumoured to be splitting up.
Due to their apparent distance at the Venice Film Festival, where they promoted their scandal-plagued film “Don’t Worry Darling,” fans speculated about a split. Any tension, however, was most likely caused by the ongoing drama between the “DWD” cast.
According to an insider who spent “significant time” on set for the film, Wilde — who starred in and directed the film — had a “blowout argument” with her lead actress, Florence Pugh, during filming.
Pugh plays opposite Styles in the film. She was purportedly unhappy with Wilde’s “frequent, unexplained absences” once she started dating the “Watermelon Sugar” singer.
“Olivia and Harry would just disappear,” the source told Vulture about Pugh’s frustrations leading up to the alleged fight in January 2021.
A source previously revealed that Pugh was not wild about Wilde and Styles’ romance.
“I can tell you for a fact that Flo seeing Olivia and Harry all over each other on set did not go down well as Olivia was still with Jason when she first hooked up with Harry,” the source said back in July, noting that the actress-turned-director called it quits with Jason Sudeikis while filming.
Shia LaBeouf responded to Wilde’s claim that she fired him from “DWD” in order to protect Pugh. The actor, 36, claimed he left the film due to scheduling conflicts and provided receipts to prove it, including video and screenshots of their conversations.
Later, Wilde backed up her claims, telling late-night host Stephen Colbert that LaBeouf had given her a “ultimatum” and that she was “happy” she chose Pugh.
Despite the apparent discord, Warner Bros executives Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy said in a statement Friday, “We are so proud of the work that Olivia Wilde has done making this stunning and entertaining film and look forward to collaborating with her again.
“The studio is very grateful and appreciative of the tireless support by Olivia in bringing her vision to life from production through release. Any suggestion of conflict between the studio and Olivia is simply not true.”
Shortly after, Pugh said in an Instagram post that she was “grateful” for the experience and shared several photos with Wilde, even though the latter wasn’t explicitly mentioned.