Chris Pine finally comments on Harry Styles ‘spitgate’: ‘It did look like Harry spit on me’
Chris Pine has finally addressed the viral video that appeared to show Harry Styles spitting on him at Venice Film Festival last year.
The video showed Styles walking over to his seat beside his costar Pine for the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling. Fans then speculated that Styles appeared to spit in Pine’s lap before sitting down next to him – a moment that has affectionately been branded “Spitgate”.
After the incident, Pine’s representatives issued a statement about the rumour, saying: “This is a ridiculous story – a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation.”
Pine himself has now commented on the rumours for the first time in an interview with Esquire.
“Harry did not spit on me,” Pine said. “Harry is a very kind guy. I was on the plane and we’re flying back from Venice having a great time on the plane and my publicist wakes me up and says, ‘We have to craft a statement on what happened in Venice.’ She showed me the thing and it did look, indeed, like Harry spit on me. He didn’t spit on me.”
Pine continued: “I think Harry leaned down and said, ‘It’s just words isn’t it?’
“We had this little joke. We were all jet lagged and trying to answer questions and sometimes when you’re doing these press things your brain goes befuddled and you start speaking gibberish, so we had a joke: ‘It’s just words.’”
The release of Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was overshadowed by reports of behind-the-scenes drama from Spitgate to Shia LaBeouf denying he was fired from the project to reports of a feud between Wilde and her lead, Florence Pugh.
Pine added that “if there was drama” on the set, “I absolutely didn’t know about it, nor really would I have cared”.
“If I feel badly, it’s because the vitriol that the movie got was absolutely out of proportion with what was onscreen,” Pine said.
“Venice was normal things getting swept up in a narrative that people wanted to make, compounded by the metastasizing that can happen in the Twitter-sphere. It was ridiculous.”
For her part, Wilde said that Spitgate was “a perfect example of” people looking for drama “wherever they can”.
A source close to Styles also told The Independent that the alleged incident was “not true”.
Elsewhere in the interview with Esquire, Pine shared his “frustration” at the lack of progress on Star Trek 4.