Even with the anticipated tension ahead of the Don’t Worry, Darling premiere at Venice Film Festival, no one could predict just how chaotic the day would be. From a photo call sans main actress, Florence Pugh, wherein her supporting actor, Harry Styles, rambled about movies being movies, you know?, beside an asleep-looking Chris Pine, to a red carpet event where Pugh and Wilde avoided interacting for a full 25 minutes (Styles, too, apparently didn’t meet Pugh’s eye), to Styles and Wilde also not touching (?), to a viral clip that the internet is pretty certain shows Styles literally spitting on Pine (!) before taking his seat in the theatre. The drama was non-stop.
Adding to thus was Pugh’s stylist, Rebecca Corbin-Murray, who shared images of her client both on the red carpet and while getting ready for the event, wearing her showstopping Valentino Haute Couture gown. The caption? “Miss Flo.”
Now, we shouldn’t have to inform you of what those two words mean: if you’ve made it this far into this article, you’ve most certainly also already analyses Styles’ spit and know the backstory. But ICYMI, ‘Miss Flo’ is how Wilde referred to Pugh in the leaked video that was released last week, proving she didn’t fire Shia LaBeouf, as insinuated by her on multiple occasions recently.
Pugh herself hasn’t publicly acknowledged the videos existence, so her stylist casually captioning her post with the viral statement clearly sent the internet wild. “Wowwwwwwww. So insanely gorgeous also CAPTION 😂,” actress Jenna Kristina commented. “Insane !!! Lol for caption,” Billie Piper wrote, with over 1500 more comments and 120k other likes (about twice as many double-taps as a regular Pugh red carpet post of hers would generate) on the post.
But Corbin-Murray wasn’t the only glam squad member to weigh in on the drama. Karla Welch, Wilde’s stylist (also Justin and Hailey Bieber’s) and friend, also added her two cents, posting an Instagram story over the weekend, writing, “There’s always more to the story…”
When Wilde was asked during the DWD live press conference to clear the air about her and Pugh’s alleged feud, she stayed strong in her public praise of Pugh: “Florence is a force, we are so grateful that she is able to make it tonight despite being in production,” Wilde said. “As for all the endless tabloid gossip and noise out there, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel I need to contribute to it.”
Later that day though, the photos and videos tell another story: despite being on the red carpet just metres away from Wilde, Pugh refused to make eye contact or acknowledge her director. Then, during a four-minute standing ovation for her performance, Pugh looked in every direction but Wilde’s and reportedly began moving toward the exit three minutes in, cutting the audience’s ovation short.