Florence Pugh's Rumored Feud With Olivia Wilde Takes Unexpected Turn

It has been a pretty rocky road to the Venice film festival premiere of "Don't Worry Darling," a psychological thriller starring Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, and directed by Olivia Wilde (who began dating Styles during production, ICYMI). First, there was the alleged firing of Shia LaBeouf from the role of Jack (which ultimately went to Styles) before production even began. Then, Wilde announced that she had a strict "no a**holes policy" on set, throwing major shade at LaBeouf. The "Nymphomaniac" actor was subsequently accused of sexual assault, abuse, and battery of ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs, per Entertainment Weekly. The court case begins in April. 

If that weren't enough, once the Styles stans caught wind that Wilde was his main squeeze, they launched an all-out misogynistic attack on the actor/director online. Part of the backlash involves accusing her of having a "showmance" with the "Watermelon Sugar" singer, and manipulating him into a relationship. The stans also began to push the narrative that Wilde and Pugh are "feuding" because pitting women against each other seems to be part of their modus operandi. A quick search through TikTok reveals some pretty disturbing, but unfounded, allegations.

Now, the Venice Film Fest premiere of the film has had many interpreting the body language of the two women as further "proof" that a feud is a-brewing. And Wilde had something to say about that.

Olivia Wilde calls the Florence Pugh feud rumors noise

Earlier this year, fans noticed that actor Florence Pugh was barely promoting her upcoming starring role in director Olivia Wilde's hotly anticipated film "Don't Worry Darling," and many began to speculate her silence was due to an unnamed "feud" between the two women, per The Cut. On September 5, Pugh made the rumor mill spin when she canceled her appearance at the Venice Film Festival press conference at the last minute due to "scheduling conflicts" but made it to the red carpet and screening, where fans ran with the idea that Pugh "refused" to make eye contact with Wilde.

When one reporter asked Wilde at the presser if she could comment on the supposed feud, Wilde didn't take the bait, instead calling Miss Flo a "force," praising her work in the film, and adding, "for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet feeds itself," she said, per People. "I don't feel the need to contribute. It's sufficiently well-nourished."

And, as it turns out, Pugh and Wilde did acknowledge, smile, and clap for each other during the standing ovation. So there's that.