Harry Styles jokes about ‘spitting’ on Chris Pine on stage in New York

Harry Styles addresses 'spitting' on Chris Pine in viral video live on stage

Harry Styles has addressed what happened between him and actor Chris Pine at the Venice Film Festival, after it was claimed the singer “spat” on his Don’t Worry Darling co-star.

As seen in a video filmed at Harry’s Wednesday (7 September) performance, Styles quipped on stage: “This is our tenth show at Madison Square Garden. It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York.

“I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine.”

He added, to a whooping crowd: “But, fret not, we’re back!”

At the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling, a 10-second clip was claimed by some to show Styles spitting on Pine, an incident which Pine’s representatives have since called a “complete fabrication”.

The Venice video shows Styles’ head turn over to Pine as he takes his seat at the film’s premiere, in which they both star. His mouth make what could be a spitting gesture, before Pine gives an odd reaction, looking down and laughing.

Fans have suggested many alternative theories about what really took place in that moment.

Pine’s representatives said of “spit-gate” that the rumour is a “complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation.

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

Elsewhere at the chaotic and gossip-packed Don’t Worry Darling premiere, memes were made of Styles’ philosophical reaction to the film during a press conference, saying that “the movie feels like a movie”.

The film’s director Olivia Wilde also denied rumours of a feud with its star, Florence Pugh. Pugh herself was spotted strutting around Venice with an Aperol Spritz in hand after skipping the film’s press conference, and Styles kissed co-star Nick Kroll during a four-minute standing ovation.

Don’t Worry Darling will hit UK cinemas on 23 September.