Each year offers a handful of surprising celebrity couples to analyze, 2021’s first arrived early with the new romance of Olivia Wilde, 36, and Harry Styles, 26. They met while she was directing him in the upcoming film . Multiple outlets reported that the celebs were an item after they held hands at his manager’s wedding earlier this year.
Their offscreen relationship arrives following Wilde’s split from longtime fiancé Jason Sudeikis after nine years and two children—six-year-old Otis and four-year-old Daisy. As for Styles, his love life before meeting Wilde was characterized as“pretty nonexistent during lockdown” by an source. Consider his dating drought over. Ahead, everything we know about Styles and Wilde’s relationship, including their movie meet-cute and rumors about how Sudeikis is handling the news.
News broke that Styles had been cast in , Wilde’s directorial follow-up to 2019’s. Styles reportedly replaced Shia LaBeouf following his“poor behavior” and violation of Wilde’s“zero a****** policy” on set, a source told Although earlier reports cited a scheduling conflict for LaBeouf’s departure, his exit also came amid his ex-girlfriend FKA twigs’s lawsuit against him on charges of“sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.”
Wilde announced Styles and Florence Pugh’s casting on Instagram, writing,“Jack and Alice. Very proud to work with these fine folks. #DontWorryDarling.”
Filming began in mid-October with Wilde posting a photo of the director’s slate. “Blank slate. Full heart. Let’s do the damn thing, @libatique. 💪 #pressureisaprivilege,” she captioned the post.
The first time Wilde publicly spoke about Styles was for his cover interview with “To me, he’s very modern, and I hope that this brand of confidence as a male that Harry has—truly devoid of any traces of toxic masculinity—is indicative of his generation and therefore the future of the world,” she said in the profile.“I think he is in many ways championing that, spearheading that. It’s pretty powerful and kind of extraordinary to see someone in his position redefining what it can mean to be a man with confidence.”
She also spoke about the moment she and the film’s costume designer, Arianne Phillips, found out Styles would be joining the cast.“She [Arianne] and I did a little victory dance when we heard that we officially had Harry in the film, because we knew that he has a real appreciation for fashion and style,” Wilde told the outlet.“This movie is incredibly stylistic. It’s very heightened and opulent, and I’m really grateful that he is so enthusiastic about that element of the process—some actors just don’t care.”
If those weren’t ringing endorsements enough, Wilde also defended Styles’s gown on the cover against conservative commentator Candace Owens. After Owens said, in part,“Bring back manly men,” Wilde replied,“You’re pathetic.”
Only a few days into the year, Styles and Wilde’s relationship was revealed at his manager Jeffrey Azoff’s wedding. The pair was photographed holding hands in masks by The Vampire’s Wife, he in a black suit with white ribbon and she in a pastel floral dress. reported that Wilde and Styles were, in fact, a couple after meeting on the set of .“They were in Montecito, California this weekend for a wedding,” a source explained.“They were affectionate around their friends, held hands and looked very happy. They have dated for a few weeks.”
Meanwhile, an insider told TMZ that Styles officiated Azoff’s wedding and brought Wilde as his plus one to the wedding. Per the outlet, the couple looked“very much together” at the nuptials, attended by just 16. ’s source said that Wilde and Styles“clicked immediately—they’re both very artistic, passionate people and it was one of those things where straight away everyone could see they had a spark. It’s no surprise something has happened, but now they’re quite open about it and out and about as a couple. They went to a wedding together with a lot of their friends there.”
The following day, several outlets had intel on Styles and Wilde’s dynamic, which ELLE rounded up. A source told that Styles had referred to Wilde as his“girlfriend” during a speech at the wedding. Another source said the pair“had chemistry almost instantaneously on set [of ]. It was only a matter of time before they got together.”
A source claimed that none other than James Corden helped facilitate the relationship by allowing Styles and Wilde to stay at his California home while shooting their movie.“Harry had been staying at James Corden’s house near Palm Springs during filming, and so they were able to be alone and keep their relationship very secret,” the outlet’s source said.”So everyone was really surprised—and rather delighted—when Harry brought Olivia as his date to the wedding, and introduced her as his girlfriend.”
Meanwhile, a source told that Wilde“wouldn’t let a romantic relationship get in the way of a professional one, so anything they’re doing is being done thoughtfully.” The insider also claimed that“Olivia and Harry are together for long days on set and have gotten to know each other really well, so it’s all very organic.” As for implications that Wilde moved on too quickly with Styles following her Sudeikis breakup, the source said that they split early in 2020, although the news wasn’t announced until November.“Olivia and Jason talk all the time and are still close because of the kids,” the source added.“It’s highly unlikely he was blind-sided by this news.”
Photos emerged of Styles and Wilde out and about in Santa Barbara. Both were masked up as Styles put his arm around Wilde. He wore a pink beanie, bandana, and black hoodie. She wore dark brown pants, a white mask, and a tan argyle sweater.
When Sudeikis and Wilde’s split was first revealed, a source told that the breakup was“amicable and they’ve transitioned into a great co-parenting routine.” further reported that the couple“just fell out of love in a romantic way, but still have love towards one another as people,” per a source. Another insider added that“there was absolutely no drama or scandal, they just didn’t work as a couple anymore. If you’re looking for a juicy story, there just isn’t one.”
But after her romance with Styles became public, a source told that Sudeikis“is absolutely heartbroken about the split. There is still a lot of love there, and he would like to have hope that maybe there’s a way for them to repair things. But what happens next remains to be seen.” A source went one step further, claiming that Styles and Wilde had been dating for longer than“the past few weeks.” The insider said,“Jason found out about Harry and pushed the conversation. Olivia then asked for a separation and news of the split was made public.” Neither party has commented directly on reports concerning their breakup.
It’s unclear when exactly things turned romantic between Wilde and Styles. But a source told that they“were able to keep their relationship under wraps for a bit before it became public knowledge,” adding,“They were very careful about it and even sleuthy at times, although the small group of people who were on set with them every day eventually figured it out.” The insider further clarified that“Harry did not break up an engagement.”
Another day, another conflicting report about the timeline of Sudeikis and Wilde’s split:“Olivia called off the engagement in early November but only after she already had gotten close to Harry,” a source told .“Whether Harry knows it or not, he was a reason for the split and it blindsided Jason—he totally adores Olivia and is devastated. Family is his biggest priority.”
Still, another source insisted that“the engagement was called off early last year, as was previously reported. Harry was in no way the reason for their split.”
On Valentine’s Day, Wilde posted a tribute to Styles, ostensibly about his role in .
reported that the duo traveled to London together on February 16 after wrapping production on .
“Harry and Olivia loved being on the road and have gotten very comfortable spending all of their time together,” a source told “They are rarely apart and it made sense to go to London together.”
Wilde’s two children were in London with Sudeikis and she planned to spend time with them.“Olivia will mostly be spending time with her kids while Harry sees family and friends,” the source added.“He also wants to show her around and go to some of his favorite spots.”