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Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde were spotted sharing a passionate kiss during a romantic night out together in New York this Thursday.
They were seen one night before the release of their new film Don’t Worry Darling, in which Olivia directs Harry with Florence Pugh.
During the weeks-long press tour, the film has been overshadowed by reports of behind-the-scenes drama – not least involving the controversial workplace romance between Harry, 28, and his boss Olivia, 38.
When they were spotted locking lips on a sidewalk in New York this Thursday, it marked their first public display of affection after a series of film events where they were seen keeping a professional distance.
Finally: When they were spotted locking lips on a New York sidewalk this Thursday, it marked their first public display of affection after a series of film events where they were seen keeping a professional distance
Harry and Olivia embraced as they kissed outside as they enjoyed a date night ahead of the film’s premiere.
The two held each other as they exited the restaurant and Harry put an arm gently around his girlfriend’s shoulders as they walked down the street.
Olivia cut a subtly elegant figure in a sleek black blazer over a white top, opting for a fitted ensemble that accentuated her enviably petite frame.
Wearing her luxe dark hair up, she added a touch of glamor to the look with jewellery, including a glittering gold bracelet.
All that sweet affection: they held each other as they left the restaurant, and Harry put an arm gently around his girlfriend’s shoulders as they walked down the street
Meanwhile, Harry, who rose to global fame as part of boy band One Direction, chased away the autumn chill with a smart jacket.
Olivia has faced a deluge of controversy surrounding Don’t Worry Honey, including persistent rumors that she feuded on set with Florence.
A report from Page Six claims that Florence picked on Olivia for hooking up with Harry while she was still engaged to Jason Sudeikis.
Olivia, who has two children with Jason, has steadfastly denied cheating on him with Harry and slammed rumors of her infidelity as “full horses***”.
Can’t keep their hands off each other: Olivia and Harry were spotted continuing to hold each other tightly as they chatted to friends on the pavement
Background: Olivia has faced a deluge of controversy surrounding Don’t Worry Darling, including persistent rumors that she feuded on set with Florence
Now a source from the set said Vulture that Florence and Olivia got into a “screaming match” during filming because the director had a tendency to “just disappear” with Harry.
Florence has had little to no media engagement for Don’t Worry Honey, leading to the initial round of rumors that she had a rift with her director.
She then fueled speculation of a feud when she abruptly pulled out of a press conference for Don’t Worry Baby at the Venice Film Festival this month.
Although Florence pulled out of the press at the last minute, she was able to attend the red carpet premiere at the film festival later that day.
Florence, who cited scheduling conflicts with filming the Dune sequel as her reason for skipping the press conference, was spotted on her stylist’s Instagram enjoying an Aperol Spritz in Venice.
On the ball: Olivia and Harry were spotted enjoying a playful moment as they giggled and pointed at each other
Olivia appeared on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show this week and denied having a feud with her “sensational” leading lady, who she hailed as a “superhero”.
She blamed sexism for the assumption, claiming that her “fellow male directors” were not “responsive” to questions about their equation with their actors.
“I have nothing but respect for Florence’s talent. She’s fantastic,” Olivia continued. “I have nothing against her for any reason.”
Another of the “Don’t Worry Baby” scandals involved Shia LaBeouf, who was supposed to be the leading man in the film before Harry took over.
Olivia initially claimed she fired Shia because of her “no holes policy”, saying the process was “not conducive to the ethos I require in my productions”.
The movie is finally here: The movie has been much hyped and the reviews have been mixed so far
Shia, who is currently being accused of abuse by his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs, hit back, saying he quit due to “lack of rehearsal time.”
He backed up his side of the story by leaking an email he sent to Olivia – as well as a video of her trying to convince him not to leave the film.
“I feel like I’m not ready to give it up yet and I’m heartbroken too and I want to get that 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 willing to try this 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 can make peace — and I respect your point of view, I respect hers — but if you can do it, what do I think you do? is there hope Will you let me know?
On Colbert’s 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 Shea. He’s a fantastic actor, but it wasn’t going to work. When he gave me the ultimatum, you know, him or Florence, I chose Florence,” she said.
In Olivia’s interpretation of events: “It felt like he was pulling away and I felt like we were moving on without him.”
The original screenplay for Don’t Worry Darling was written by Dick Van Dyke’s grandchildren, Kerry and Shane Van Dyke.
When Olivia took control of the project, she rewrote it from Katie Silberman, one of the writers on her directorial debut Booksmart.
Harry and Florence star in the new film as a couple living Stepford-style in the 1950s – only to discover that her peaceful life is wrapped around a dark secret.
The film features a villainous character inspired by political pundit and psychologist Jordan Peterson, whom Olivia described as a “pseudo-intellectual hero of the insel community” while chatting with Maggie Gyllenhaal about Interview magazine.
Completely overshadowed by its behind-the-scenes gossip, the film was panned by critics to a crushing 37% rating at Rotten tomatoes.
An insider close to the project noted Vulture: “Olivia is either a mad genius who has figured out a way to make people more aware of the movie in a way that just drives up the box office, or she has no self-awareness that her movie is f*cking up.