Chris Pine and Harry Styles

Chris Pine Finally Addresses #SpitGate: ‘Harry Did Not Spit on Me’

Styles leaned over and remarked, “It’s just words, isn’t it?” a joke they’d been telling during the chaotic Don’t Worry Darling press tour, according to the actor.

Chris Pine has finally explained what happened when Harry Styles supposedly didn’t actually spit on him at the Venice Film Festival, in what may be the final gasp of last year’s rollercoaster ride of a press tour for Don’t Worry Darling.

Certainly, a spokeswoman for Pine, as well as Styles and Don’t Worry Darling director Olivia Wilde, denied #SpitGate at the time. Yet, let’s be honest, none of it matters. We needed to hear the whole tale from the man in the center of it all, the only person who could ensure Styles’ spittle didn’t spray on his fashionable brown shoes.

Pine explained his side of the tale in a new video with Esquire, in which he answered a few questions about his career. When addressed the most pressing matter, Pine answered flatly: “Harry did not spit on me. Harry is a wonderful person.”

Pine even provided an insight into how the Hollywood PR machine works in times of crisis. He remembered his publicist urgently waking him up on the aircraft back from the Venice Film Festival to tell him they needed to compose a message on what occurred right away. Pine first had no idea what his publicist was talking about, and when he saw the notorious video, he conceded, “It does look, indeed, like Harry is spitting on me.”

Styles, according to Pine, leaned down and asked, “It’s just words, isn’t it?” “We had this little joke because we’re all jet-lagged, we’re all trying to answer these questions, and sometimes when you’re doing these press things, your brain goes a bit confused and you start speaking gibberish,” Pine revealed. So we made a joke about it: “It’s just words, man.”

On that note, we’d like to thank Pine for finally putting an end to one of the most significant pop culture riddles in recent memory. And for unwittingly providing some behind-the-scenes background to Styles’ legendary comment at a Venice press conference, “You know, my favorite thing about the movie is, like, it seems like a movie. It seems like a genuine, ‘go to the theatre’ feature movie.”