EXCLUSIVE: Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde passionately kiss on romantic date night as they FINALLY let their guard down after keeping apart during doomed press tour for drama-riddled movie Don’t Worry Darling
Their sighting came one night before the release of their new movie Don’t Worry Darling, which saw Olivia direct Harry opposite Florence Pugh.
Over the course of its weeks-long press tour, the movie has been overshadowed by reports of backstage drama – not least involving the controversial workplace romance between Harry, 28, and his boss Olivia, 38.
When they were glimpsed locking lips on a New York City sidewalk this Thursday, it marked their first public display of affection after a string of movie events where they were seen maintaining a professional distance.
Sizzling: Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde were spotted passionately kissing during a romantic night out together in New York City this Thursday
Finally: When they were glimpsed locking lips on a New York City sidewalk this Thursday, it marked their first public display of affection after a string of movie events where they were seen maintaining a professional distance
Harry and Olivia threw their arms around one another as they kissed outside while enjoying a date night on the eve of their film release.
They clung together as they emerged from the restaurant, and Harry flung an arm lovingly over his girlfriend’s shoulders while they headed down the street.
Olivia cut a subtly elegant figure in a sleek black blazer over a white top, opting for a fitted ensemble that emphasized her enviably petite frame.
Sweeping her luxurious dark hair into an updo, she lent a touch of glitz to the look with jewelry including a gleaming gold bracelet.
The look of love: Harry and Olivia threw their arms around one another as they kissed outside while enjoying a date night on the eve of their film release
All that sweet affection: They clung together as they emerged from the restaurant, and Harry flung an arm lovingly over his girlfriend’s shoulders while they headed down the street
Meanwhile Harry, who achieved global fame as part of the boy band One Direction, warded off the autumn chill in a statement jacket.
Olivia has been facing down a deluge of controversies surrounding Don’t Worry Darling, including persistent rumors that she feuded on set with Florence.
A report in Page Six claimed Florence took issue with Olivia for supposedly taking up with Harry while still engaged to Jason Sudeikis.
Olivia, who has two children with Jason, has staunchly denied cheating on him with Harry and has slammed rumors of her infidelity as ‘complete horses***.’
Can’t keep their hands off each other: Olivia and Harry were spotted continuing to hold one another in a close embrace as they chatted with friends on the sidewalk
Backdrop: Olivia has been facing down a deluge of controversies surrounding Don’t Worry Darling, including persistent rumors that she feuded on set with Florence
Having a ball: Olivia and Harry were seen enjoying a playful moment as they grinned and pointed at each other
Now an on set source has told Vulture that Florence and Olivia erupted into a ‘screaming match’ during the shoot because the director had a tendency to ‘just disappear’ with Harry.
Florence has scarcely done any media for Don’t Worry Darling, resulting in the initial round of rumors that she had a rift with her director.
She then sent the feud speculation into overdrive when she suddenly pulled out of a press conference for Don’t Worry Darling at the Venice Film Festival this month.
Although Florence withdrew from the presser last minute, she did manage to attend the movie’s red carpet premiere at the film festival later that day.
Florence, who cited scheduling conflicts with the shoot of the Dune sequel as her reason for skipping the press conference, was spotted on her stylist’s Instagram enjoying an Aperol Spritz in Venice.
Olivia appeared on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show this week and denied feuding with her ‘sensational’ leading lady, whom she hailed as a ‘superhero.’
She blamed sexism for the conjecture, arguing that her ‘male director colleagues’ were not ‘answering’ questions about their equation with their actors.
‘I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She’s fantastic,’ Olivia maintained. ‘I have nothing against her for any reason.’
Another one of Don’t Worry Darling’s scandals involved Shia LaBeouf, who was supposed to be the leading man of the film before Harry took over.
Olivia initially claimed that she fired Shia because of her ‘no a**hole policy,’ saying is process was ‘not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions.’
Shia, who is currently being accused of abuse by his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs, shot back by declaring that he quit because of a ‘lack of rehearsal time.’
He buttressed his side of the story by leaking an email he sent Olivia – as well as video footage of her trying to persuade him not to leave the movie.
‘I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet, and I, too, am heartbroken and I want to figure this out,’ the director said in the video.
‘You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re open to giving this a shot with me, with us,’ Olivia added.
‘If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point and if you guys can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you guys can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?’
On the Colbert show this week, Olivia doubled down on her claim that she fired Shia, saying he forced her to choose between him and Florence.
‘We had to replace Shia. He is a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t gonna work. When he gave me the ultimatum of, you know, him or Florence, I chose Florence,’ she said.
In Olivia’s interpretation of events: ‘That was him feeling he was stepping away and me feeling like we were moving on without him.’
The original screenplay of Don’t Worry Darling was written by Dick Van Dyke’s grandsons Carey and Shane Van Dyke.
When Olivia assumed control of the project, she had it rewritten by Katie Silberman, one of the writers of her directorial debut Booksmart.
Harry and Florence star in the new film as a couple living a Stepfordesque existence in the 1950s – only for her to discover her tranquil life is wrapped round a dark secret.
The movie features a villainous character inspired by political pundit and psychologist Jordan Peterson, whom Olivia slated as a ‘pseudo-intellectual hero to the incel community’ while chatting with Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview magazine.
Thoroughly eclipsed by its behind-the-scenes gossip, the movie has been rejected by the critics to the tune of a crushing 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
An insider close to the project remarked to Vulture: ‘Olivia is either a mad genius who figured out a way to make people more aware of the movie in a way that just drives up the box office or she doesn’t have any self-awareness that she is f***ing up her movie.’
The movie is finally here: Thoroughly eclipsed by its behind-the-scenes gossip, the movie has been rejected by the critics to the tune of a crushing 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes