Harry Styles has responded to the criticism his girlfriend Olivia Wilde has been receiving online since the two started dating in early 2021.
The 28-year-old singer has spoken openly about some fans’ negative reaction to his personal life, including the people he chooses to this day. In the Rolling Stone cover story published Monday, Styles described Twitter as “a ***storm of people trying to be terrible to people,” and discussed the pressure his fame is putting on some of his close relationships.
“Obviously that doesn’t give me a good feeling,” he said. “Obviously it’s a difficult feeling, feeling close to me means you’re being blackmailed in a corner of Twitter or something. I just wanted to sing. I didn’t want to get involved if I hurt people like that.”
While Styles says he drew a line between his public and personal life, the former One Direction member admitted that sometimes “other people blur the lines for you.”
As one of the most famous artists in the world, dating also comes with its challenges. Styles added, “Can you imagine going on a second date with someone and being like, ‘Okay, there’s this corner of the thing, and they’re going to say that, 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?’”
The ‘As It Was’ singer has been in a relationship with Olivia Wilde, 38, since he was cast in her upcoming psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling. The director spoke about being the subject of online negativity, but described the collective of Styles supporters as “deeply loving people.”
“What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referring to is that this kind of toxic negativity is the opposite of Harry and everything he’s spreading out there,” Wilde told Rolling Stone. “Personally, I don’t think the hateful energy constitutes his fan base at all. Most of them are true advocates of kindness.”
Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde first met on the set of their film Don’t Worry Darling in September 2020 and were spotted holding hands at a wedding for the singer’s manager in January 2021. The news came as a surprise to fans considering Wilde had split from ex Jason Sudeikis just two months before she was photographed with Styles. Wilde and Sudeikis have been together for over a decade and have two children together – son Otis, eight, and daughter Daisy, five.
Ever since the Booksmart director went public with their relationship, he has been heavily criticized by Styles fans online. Many social media users slammed the couple for their ten-year age difference and called out Wilde for their “director-actor dating dynamic.”
Earlier this year, Wilde subtly addressed the criticism and publicity their relationship has received when she posed as the cover star of Vogue’s January 2022 issue. “It’s obviously very tempting to correct a false narrative,” Wilde said at the time. “But I think you realize that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think of you. All that matters to you is what is real and what you love and who you love.”
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“Over the past decade, we as a society have placed so much more value on the opinions of strangers than the opinions of the people closest to us,” she added. “I’m happier than ever. And I’m healthier than ever, and it’s just wonderful to feel that.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/harry-style-and-olivia-wilde-hit-out-over-online-abuse-of-their-relationship-41929902.html Harry Style and Olivia Wilde have fallen out over the online abuse of their relationship