As the pop sensation was performing his first concert at Madison Square Garden after the film festival premiere of his new movie, Harry Styles broke his silence towards the virally debated incident that took place at the event.
Styles wasted no time to address the scandalous video of him so-called spitting on his co-star Chris Pine, as they both star in the new film "Don’t Worry Darling".
Harry Styles Jokingly Addresses the Spitting Controversy
Styles has set a couple weeks aside where he decided to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During his first performance at the Garden, he decided to jokingly talk about the viral moment at the Italian film festival.
Styles stated, “This is our 10th show at Madison Square Garden.” He then added to thousands of his fans, “It is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York."
Styles added with a smirk, " I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine. But fret not, we’re back!”
Styles' quip came about a day after the alleged video of him spitting on Pine went viral.
Drama, Drama, Drama
All of this chaos led to Pine’s representative to come forward with a response to all of the accusations.
Pine's rep explained, “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
All of this chaos was just the cherry on top to one of the many dramas surrounding the film.
It all started with rumors of a pay gap between Florence Pugh and her male co-stars. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "In an extensive interview the following week, Wilde appeared to put all that to bed, saying there was absolutely 'no validity' to the claims of the pay gap.
However, within 48 hours, another element of the interview blew up, and quite spectacularly. This time it was over Wilde alluding to the fact she had fired Shia LaBeouf (whose role went to Styles), asserting that she did so over his 'combative energy' and to keep Pugh 'safe.'
The news apparently didn’t sit too well with LaBeouf, who in an email that included several SMS messages he’d received from Wilde as evidence, declared that, actually, he had 'quit' the movie, accusing her of pushing the 'clickbait' story of him being fired 'because of the current social landscape' and the 'social currency it brings.'”
A leaked video message seemed to corroborate LaBeouf's story, and Pugh's reputation tanked.
Co-stars weren't sure if she would show for the premiere, but she did - and kept much to herself. The film itself wasn't as buzzworthy as the drama surrounding it, but it was warmly received in spite of it all. Or maybe because of all the drama.