The stars aligned in New York City for what is arguably one of the fashion world’s biggest nights, but Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde decided to give it a skip leaving fans baffled more than one year into dating and amid engagement rumors.
While the couple did not make their red-carpet debut at the 2022 Met Gala in New York City, both made major announcements on their social media.
Olivia Wilde debuted the trailer for her and Harry Styles’ upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling, which she directed. “I’m so proud of this team and can’t wait to show you what we made together,” she wrote in the caption.
Meanwhile, the “As It Was” singer announced that he would be performing in New York on May 20 for “one night only” at the UBS Arena.
Netizens shared their disappointment on Twitter, writing that the Met Gala needed Styles. Another user pointed out that the event should have been canceled without Styles.
Olivia Wilde most recently attended the Met Gala in 2016 and Styles last went in 2019. The couple was first reported to be dating in January 2021. In late March, Entertainment Tonight reported the two remain very happy together and serious. “They’re well past the ‘crush’ and infatuation phase and are solid partners. They’re the real deal,” the source said.
“While they have busy schedules and a lot of personal commitments, they make a point to prioritize time with each other,” the source added. “They are pretty low-key and really just love spending time together along with their families and friends.”
Apart from Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles, there were a few other fan favorites too who couldn’t make it to this year’s gala.
Zendaya revealed she’d be missing the 2022 Met Gala. “I don’t want to disappoint my fans here, but I will be working,” Zendaya told Extra. “Your girl’s gotta work and make some movies; so, I wish everyone the best.” The actress is currently filming Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers. Rihanna’s absence was deeply felt at this year’s Met Gala and there’s a very good reason the singer and fashion mogul skipped the event. Rihanna is in her third trimester of pregnancy, and likely taking the time she needs to prepare for the next chapter in her life.
Lady Gaga, too, missed out on the evening’s festivities as she’s been in Las Vegas performing in her residency. Other names include Ariana Grande, Megan Fox, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.