Harry Styles has broken his silence over the controversy surrounding whether he spit on Chris Pine or not at the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling.

ICYMI, the internet erupted when a video went viral that appeared to show Styles spitting in Pine’s lap at Venice Film Festival. Pine stars in physiological thriller Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

In the viral video, Wilde is seated next to Pine and the two are chatting. Styles then walks in and takes the chair next to Pine, but appears to quickly spit at his co-star on the way down. Pine suddenly pauses and an awkward look crosses his face as he mutters something inaudible. Check out the clip below:

Pine’s rep has since vehemently denied that Styles did spit at his co-star.

“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,” they said in a statement for Variety.

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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.”

Now, Style’s has directly addressed the debacle too. The pop-star took to the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York for a concert, and wasted no time directly referencing the elephant in the room.

“This is our tenth show at Madison Square Garden,” he told the large crowd. “It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York. I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine,” Styles says jokingly in video footage captured by fans. “But fret not, we’re back!”

The controversy that’s clouded Don’t Worry Darling has dominated headlines in recent days. It’s widely speculated that starring actor Florence Pugh and director Olivia Wilde have been feuding throughout filming.

Don’t Worry Darling premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival earlier this week and is scheduled to be released in Australian theatres on October 6th, 2022.

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