In news that will peel you away from the extraordinary downfall of one-time Silicon Valley wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes, singer and actor Harry Styles and director and actress Olivia Wilde have called time on their almost two-year relationship.
While the former couple are yet to make a public statement, sources close to both parties have confirmed to People that the Grammy-nominated “As It Was” singer, 28, and the Don’t Worry, Darling director, 38, are “taking a break”.
“He’s still touring and is now going abroad. She is focusing on her kids and her work in LA,” says one source. “It’s a very amicable decision.”
“They’re still very close friends,” the source continues.
Just four days ago, Wilde and her children – daughter Daisy, 6, and son Otis, 8 whom she co parents with ex-husband Jason Sudeikis – were seen dancing at Styles’ November 15 concert in Los Angeles.
“Right now, they have different priorities that are keeping them apart,” a friend adds.
Styles will be heading overseas for his Love On Tour shows this month, first to South America, and then to Australia in February! The pair were first linked on the set of Don’t Worry, Darling, (of which Styles and Wilde both starred in). The wildly controversial hook-up was rumoured to be at the centre of Wilde and leading lady Florence Pugh’s relationship breakdown, a narrative which came to a head at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. While present at the premiere of the film in Venice, Pugh did not partake in the press conference, an incredibly rare decision for the main star of a project.
When asked about the feud at said press conference, Wilde responded, as per People, “Florence is a force, and we are so grateful that she’s able to make it tonight [to the premiere] despite being in production on Dune. I know, as a director, how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I’m very grateful to her. And we’re really thrilled we’ll get to celebrate her work tonight. I can’t say enough how honoured I am to have her as our lead. She’s amazing in the film.”
“As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet feeds itself,” Wilde continued. “I don’t feel the need to contribute. It’s sufficiently well nourished.”
But after all of the drama and rumours – and two loved-up trips to Italy – Styles and Wilde are over. In an interview with Vogue in December 2021, Wilde noted that she was “happier than ever” with many contributing that to her relationship with the singer.
“I think what you realise is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about it,” she said. “All that matters to you is what’s real, and what you love, and who you love.”
To be honest, I’m going to miss seeing pictures of these two together, roaming about London’s street hand-in-hand or outside restaurants in New York. This relationship was a great example of love at any age, and one that endured a lot of controversy and outside noise. I guess we’ll just now look to Cher to fill this void.
So long, Harry and Olivia. We’ll always have Venice.
Don’t Worry, Darling is still showing in cinemas.