Did toxic triangle between Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde cause 'Don't Worry Darling' drama?

Did toxic triangle between Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde cause 'Don't Worry Darling' drama?
Harry Styles and Florence Pugh shared a kiss on the set of 'Don't Worry Darling' (John Phillips, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Harry Styles and Florence Pugh shared a secret kiss on the sets of their film 'Don't Worry Darling' developing "instant chemistry" weeks before the 'One Direction' actor started dating the director, Olivia Wilde. The troubled movie, which stars Styles and Pugh as a married couple, has been dogged by a plethora of issues both before and after its infamously embarrassing premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, Daily Mail reported.

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Pugh neglected to acknowledge Wilde on the red carpet after an argument that is believed to have started on set when the actress became uncomfortable with the fact that her director began a very public connection with Styles while the movie was being filmed on location in Los Angeles. And according to reports, the chemistry Pugh and her on-screen husband had before he started dating Wilde is what caused their fallout. 

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Speaking to The Sun, an insider said, "Harry and Florence had chemistry from the off, which translated incredibly well on-screen. One night they had a bit of a snog, all very light-hearted and a bit of fun, and that was that. It was being gossiped about by a couple of members of the production, otherwise, no one would have known. Harry was very much single at the time and Florence had separated from Zach Braff, although she’d kept the split quiet to — ironically — avoid headlines." The insider added, "There was no cheating or misbehavior from anyone. However, later on, Harry and Olivia started spending more time together — sneaking off for coffees, hanging out in one another’s trailers, and sharing small, routine intimacies. It was clear to all they had a real connection. When they were pictured holding hands for the first time, Florence wasn’t too happy. There was already tension between the two women and this undoubtedly fanned the flames." The insider further said, "Although the feud is one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets, everyone involved is a professional, and things are now cordial."

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Florence Pugh was reportedly unhappy with Styles dating Wilde because the latter was still seeing 'Ted Lasso' actor Jason Sudeikis when she initially hooked up with the former One Direction member, according to an insider, as reported by Page Six. For those who are unaware, Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5, are Sudeikis and Wilde's children.

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MEAWW reported earlier that Wilde, 38, previously denied that there was any ill will between her and Pugh, 26, but a shocking new revelation suggests otherwise, with sources telling that tensions between the two actors hit a breaking point on the set. "Olivia and Harry would just disappear," an insider told Vulture. After becoming close on the production of ‘Don't Worry Darling’ in September 2020, the 'Booksmart' director and Styles, 28, began dating in January 2021. Unnamed sources close to the production claim that Pugh and Wilde had a "screaming match" on set as a result of Wilde's "frequent, unexplained absences." The alleged conflict first surfaced in August 2022 when Wilde, in a leaked video sent to actor Shia LaBeouf, referred to Pugh as "Miss Flo" and stated that she needed a "wake-up call" during the film's rehearsal session.

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On 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on September 21, Wilde addressed the rumors of their alleged feud, saying she had "nothing but respect" for Pugh despite persistent assertions to the contrary. She raved over Pugh’s performance in the contentious film and implied that asking about the disagreement is sexist because "male director colleagues" aren't answering the issue.

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