If you’ve ever been in a relationship that people like to gossip about, then you know what a bummer it can be to feel negative vibes when you just want to be happy and in love. Now: imagine that feeling on a global scale — that’s pretty much where Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde are at.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Styles and Wilde opened up about how they navigate the sometimes “toxic negativity” online around their relationship (the couple met on the set of Don’t Worry Darling and went public with their relationship in January 2021), often from ardent fans of Styles, critics of the age difference between the two (he’s 28 and she’s 38) or people speculating about the end of Wilde’s previous relationship with her ex, Jason Sudeikis.
Though he sets boundaries between his public and private life, Styles told the magazine that sometimes “other people blur the lines for you.” This has, as Styles explained, been a challenge for him early on in relationships.
In the same Rolling Stone article, Wilde addressed her experience with her boyfriend’s fans. While Wilde noted that, for the most part, Styles’ fans are “deeply loving people,” she also noted that others take an opposite approach.
“What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referencing is that that kind of toxic negativity is the antithesis of Harry, and everything he puts out there,” Wilde told Rolling Stone. “I don’t personally believe the hateful energy defines his fan base at all. The majority of them are true champions of kindness.”