Olivia Wilde advises "don't pay attention" to any stories circulating about the set of "Don't Worry, Darling."

For months, people have been wagging their tongues over the widely publicised production of "Don't Worry Darling," starring Firenze Pugh and Harry Styles as a couple swept up in a suburban plot.

Not only did director Olivia Wilde remove Shia LaBeouf before FKA Twigs accused him of sexual abuse, but substitute actor Styles and Wilde now are romantically involved.

A purported on-set fight involving Pugh and Wilde has also fueled speculation about a "Don't Worry, Darling" feud, with Pugh appearing to disagree with Oscar on the film's message about female sex.

Not to mention the long-running claim that international pop singer Styles got paid more than three times as much as Oscar nominee Pugh. 

According to the website Showbiz Galore, Pugh got paid $700,000 again for picture, while Styles was paid $2.5 million. There were no citations, and Warner Bros. declined to comment on their pay.

However, in a recent puff piece at Variety, Wilde refuted any unsavoury rumours. In fact, Pugh was Wilde's initial choice to portray Alice, one half of the central pair in the picture.

Wilde first spotted Pugh in Ari Aster's 2019 film "Midsommar."

"She had blasted the fuck out of me," Wilde exclaimed. "I liked the movie, but I really liked her." 'Well, she's wonderful,' I thought. She is without a doubt the most young actor working today."

"There's a lot out there that I mainly ignore," the "Booksmart" director admitted. "However, the silliness of contrived headlines and the following reaction to a nonexistent wage gap between our star and supporting performers irritated me."

I'm a woman who has worked in this industry for over 20 years, and it's something I've fought myself and others, particularly as a director. Those assertions are completely untrue."

The whole subculture of celeb gossip is fascinating as a distracting technique to numb individuals from the deeper sorrows of the world," Wilde concluded. Escapism is a very human trait, looking for something to numb the unpleasant reality of so many people's life.

I don't blame people for wanting to escape reality, but I believe the tabloid media is a weapon for pitting women against each other and shaming them."