Harry Styles jokes during his show that he went to ‘Venice to spit on Chris Pine’

Harry Styles jokes during his show that he went to ‘Venice to spit on Chris Pine’

Chris Pine attends the event

Chris Pine attends the “Don’t Worry Darling” red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images); Harry Styles attends the “Don’t Worry Darling” red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Harry Styles is making light of a spitting situation.

At the “As it Was” singer’s concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, Styles joked about the viral video that split the internet after Do not worry, dearVenice Film Festival Premiere: Did he or did he not spit on co-star Chris Pine? (Pine’s rep previously told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement that the idea of ​​Styles spitting on Pine was “ridiculous.”)

During Styles’ concert, the 28-year-old singer and actor joked that he went “too quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine,” according to the website. several fan videos. After the comment, the crowd erupted into applause.

right after monday Do not worry, dear At the premiere, netizens rushed the idea that Styles spat on co-star Pine when he bent down to sit next to the actor, 42.

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Pine was notably seated to the left of the film’s director, Styles’ girlfriend Olivia Wilde.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: (LR) Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan attend the Campari Passion For Film 2022 Award during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2022 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 05: (LR) Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan attend the Campari Passion For Film 2022 Award during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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As the “Watermelon Sugar” singer headed to Pine, your lips can be seen moving before Pine quickly looked down and stopped clapping – which some believed was him recognizing that the singer had just spit.

On Tuesday, Pine’s rep told PEOPLE: “This is a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of a strange online illusion that is clearly misleading and allows for silly speculation.”

“Just to be clear, Harry Styles didn’t spit on Chris Pine,” the rep continued. “There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create a drama that simply does not exist.”

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In recent weeks, the film — starring Styles and Florence Pugh, 26, as a 1950s California couple living in a strange planned suburban community — has been making headlines because of the turmoil behind the scenes.

Director and co-star Wilde said in a recent Variety interview that she fired original star Shia LaBeouf, who would play the role of Styles. However, LaBeouf responded in an email to Varietysaying he “abandoned the film due to lack of rehearsal time.”

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In the same month, Wilde and Pugh also gave interviews in which they contradicted each other about the importance of Do not worry, dearsex scenes. Early reviews of the film are mixed, with many praising Pugh’s performance.

Do not worry, dear opens in theaters on September 23.

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