Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde open up about ‘toxic negativity’

Pop musician Harry Styles has long encouraged his fan base to “treat people with kindness.”

But some of his ardent supporters have been less kind to his friend and collaborator Olivia Wilde on social media.

For the first time, the actress and director publicly addressed the “toxic negativity” that has plagued their relationship in a Rolling Stone cover story published Monday. The two met while working on Wilde’s upcoming film, Don’t Worry Darling, starring Styles and Florence Pugh.

“Can you imagine … going on a second date with someone and being like, ‘OK, there’s this corner of the [internet]and they’re going to say that, and it’s going to be really crazy, and they’re going to be really mean, and it’s not real … But anyway, what do you want to eat?’” Styles said of his dating experience in public.

“It’s obviously a difficult feeling to feel like being close to me means you’re being blackmailed in some corner of Twitter or something,” he told Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos. “I just wanted to sing. I didn’t want to get involved if I hurt people like that.”

While dating Styles, 28, the Booksmart filmmaker has often become a trending topic on Twitter as social media trolls find more and more ways to pick her apart. Even as he praised Styles for his character and talent, Wilde, 38, was harshly criticized online. (It doesn’t help that the “Tron: Legacy” actor is currently embroiled in a high-profile custody battle with her ex, Jason Sudeikis, who she was engaged to before seeing Styles.)

“What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referring to is that this kind of toxic negativity is the antithesis of Harry and everything he’s spouting out there,” Wilde told Spanos.

“Personally, I don’t think the hateful energy constitutes his fan base at all. Most of them are true advocates of kindness.”

The cyberbullying that Wilde and others in the ‘As It Was’ hitmaker’s orbit have endured “obviously doesn’t make me feel good,” said Styles, who described Twitter as an “as — storm of people trying to be terrible to people.” “, designated.

Despite his efforts to separate his professional life from his personal life, “other people are blurring the lines for you,” he added.

In her search for the male lead of Don’t Worry Darling, Wilde was looking for “someone with innate warmth and tangible charm,” she told the music mag. Naturally, the former One Direction heartthrob booked the role for Wilde’s second film.

In the psychological thriller, Styles stars as Jack, a doting husband who keeps a dark secret from his wife, Alice (Pugh). The 1950s drama marks the singer’s biggest acting role to date, having appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (2017) and Chloé Zhao’s Eternals (2021). He will next be headlining Amazon’s My Policeman alongside The Crown Breakout star Emma Corrin.

“In music there’s such an immediate reaction to what you’re doing. You finish a song and people clapping,” Styles told Rolling Stone. “When you’re filming and they say ‘cut,’ maybe part of you expects everyone to start clapping, [but] They don’t. Everyone’s obviously going back to their jobs and you’re like, ‘Oh, s— was it that bad?’”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-22/harry-styles-olivia-wilde-interview-dating-dont-worry-darling Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde open up about ‘toxic negativity’

Sarah Ridley

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