New year, new
me celebrity romance rumour!
Yes, 2021 Hollywood news kicked off with reports that boyband star turned critically acclaimed artist and international mortal of affection Harry Styles and respected feminist and all-round cool girl actress/director Olivia Wilde are dating.
The rumour mill went into overdrive in January when the pair were spotted together... and not just on the set of the upcoming movie they're working on.
Here's what we know:
15/03/21: Olivia Wilde shared a subtle post after Harry Styles won a Grammy
Harry Styles won his first ever Grammy award on Sunday evening (March 14, 2021) when he was awarded the Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy for his hit song 'Watermelon Sugar'.
Styles pretty much dominated the internet the next day (along with Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion, of course) with celebrations of his win, his two-piece Gucci leather suit, minus-shirt, but plus feather boa situation which he wore to perform, the very cordial exchange he had with fellow Grammy winner and ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, who also gave him a standing ovation when he won the award.
However, among the mass hysteria celebrating Styles there was another reaction which might have gone unnoticed.
On Monday, Wilde - rumoured to be dating Styles (you can read all the evidence below, though they have not confirmed or denied rumours) - shared a photo of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney biting into a watermelon along with a *raised hands* celebratory emoji.
We see what you did there, Olivia Wilde.
What have Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles said about each other?
After wrapping on her second directorial movie, Don't Worry Darling (which you can read more about below), Wilde paid tribute to her cast and crew for working so tirelessly on her film, during a pandemic.
Among the tributes the House alum shared (included a post devoted to lead actress Florence Pugh) was one dedicated to Styles. Naturally, the post did not suggest or hint that the colleagues were anything more than friends, Wilde was simply paying tribute to the former One Direction singer as an actor and person.
Sharing a picture of Styles sat in a suit on an old school American car (the film is set in the 1950s), Wilde begun by praising the 'Adore You' singer for 'relishing' the chance to play a supporting role in a female-led film which she said is a rare feat for a male actor in Hollywood.
'Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold centre stage as our “Alice”, but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity,' Wilde wrote.
Writing of Styles' 'humility and grace' while working on the project, the director also paid tribute to the star's talent, saying he 'blew us away every day with his talent, warmth, and ability to drive backwards.'
Wilde and Styles were then pictured in a group shot of the cast and crew taken by actor Asif Ali, as the project wrapped.
Why do people think Harry Style is dating Olivia Wilde?
On Monday January 4, the New York Post's celebrity gossip column Page Six shared photos of Styles attending his agent's wedding in Montecito, California - wearing a dressing gown in some pictures, but we'll let that slide for now.
In additional photos, the 26-year-old (wearing suit trousers, a blouse-style shirt and a velvet tie) is seen holding hands with Wilde - also dressed in a floral wedding guest-appropriate dress while both wearing face masks - as they walk towards the ceremony.
According to Page Six, the photos are evidence that the two are officially dating, reporting that the couple 'took their romance public' by attending the wedding together and holding hands while doing so.
Following the wedding guest photos, more pictures were published by the Mail Online showing Wilde and Styles arriving back at the 'Adore You' singer's home in Los Angeles after the wedding.
Neither Styles nor Wilde have addressed the rumours or reports but, of course, the internet had thoughts:
Are Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde single?
Yes. Styles has not been linked to anyone in the public eye since his relationship with the model Camille Rowe, which ended in 2018. Prior to that, Styles famously dated both Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift.
At the end of last year, it was reported that Wilde had ended her long-term relationship with Jason Sudeikis, with whom she shares two children. According to sources, the couple ended on good terms, remaining close and are committed to co-parenting together, with photos of the two hugging and talking in December suggesting just this. In fact, shortly after the pictures of Styles and Wilde did the rounds, the Booksmart director was photographed chatting to Sudeikis.
But aren't they just working on a new film together?
Yes, they are, as we've mention above. So it is also a possibility that Wilde and Styles are just friends having recently got to know each other very well on the set of Wilde's Booksmart directorial follow up, Don't Worry Darling, which wrapped in February.
Friends can hold hands too. And, in fact, this is what a lot of Styles' fans have suggested on Twitter:
Wilde cast the British singer - who previously starred in Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk - opposite Florence Pugh in the upcoming psychological thriller about a married couple set in 1950s suburbia (Gemma Chan, Kiki Layne and Chris Pine also star). Speaking to Vogue when Styles covered the issue last year, Wilde gave her thoughts on why she picked the singer (who reportedly replaced original choice, Shia La Boeuf).
'I did a little victory dance when we heard that we officially had Harry in the film because we knew that he has a real appreciation for fashion and style. And this movie is incredibly stylistic. It’s very heightened and opulent, and I’m really grateful that he is so enthusiastic about that element of the process—some actors just don’t care.'
Whatever the situation between the stars, we can't wait to watch Don't Worry Darling and as Styles recently said (with the help of Phoebe Waller-Bridge), it's important to 'treat people with kindness'.
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