Pop musician Harry Styles has lengthy inspired his fanbase to “treat people with kindness.”
However a few of his zealous supporters have been lower than form to his girlfriend and collaborator, Olivia Wilde, on social media.
For the primary time, the performer and the director publicly addressed the “toxic negativity” that has plagued their relationship in a Rolling Stone cowl story printed Monday. The pair met whereas engaged on Wilde’s upcoming movie, “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 this, 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 stated of his expertise courting within the public eye.
“It’s obviously a difficult feeling to feel like being close to me means you’re at the ransom of a corner of Twitter or something,” he advised Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos. “I just wanted to sing. I didn’t want to get into it if I was going to hurt people like that.”
Whereas going out with Styles, 28, the “Booksmart” filmmaker has usually change into a trending subject on Twitter as social media trolls discover extra methods to choose her aside. Even when praising Styles for his character and expertise, Wilde, 38, has been met with harsh criticism on-line. (It doesn’t assist that the “Tron: Legacy” actor is at present embroiled in a extremely publicized custody dispute together with her ex, Jason Sudeikis, to whom she was engaged earlier than seeing Styles.)
“What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referencing is that that kind of toxic negativity is the antithesis of Harry, and everything he puts out there,” Wilde advised Spanos.
“I don’t personally believe the hateful energy defines his fan base at all. The majority of them are true champions of kindness.”
The cyberbullying that Wilde and others have endured within the “As It Was” hitmaker’s orbit “obviously doesn’t make me feel good,” stated Styles, who refers to Twitter as “a s—storm of people trying to be awful to people.”
Regardless of his efforts to separate his skilled life from his private life, “other people blur the lines for you,” he added.
Whereas looking for the male lead of “Don’t Worry Darling,” Wilde was “looking for someone with innate warmth and palpable charm,” she advised the music journal. So naturally, the previous One Route heartthrob booked the position for Wilde’s sophomore movie.
Within the psychological thriller, Styles performs Jack, a doting husband maintaining a darkish secret from his spouse, Alice (Pugh). The Fifties interval drama marks the singer’s greatest performing position thus far after showing in Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” (2017) and Chloé Zhao‘s “Eternals” (2021). Up next, he’s set to headline Amazon’s “My Policeman,” reverse “The Crown” breakout star Emma Corrin.
“In music, there’s such an immediate response to what you do. You finish a song and people clap,” Styles advised Rolling Stone. “When you’re filming and they say ‘cut,’ there’s maybe part of you that expects everyone to start clapping, [but] they don’t. Everyone, obviously, goes back to doing their jobs, and you’re like, ‘Oh, s—, was it that bad?’”