Certified heartthrob Harry Styles has managed to find himself at the centre of a big discussion around double standards in dating.
As seemingly innocuous as the act of holding hands may be, the rumour mill has been set alight with whispers that the pair have recently begun dating.
A source told PEOPLE that Styles and Wilde attended a wedding together and that they “looked very happy” while being “affectionate around their friends”.
Already, many of the headlines surrounding the potential new couple seem to focus on their 10-year age gap.
Given that Wilde was ten years younger than her previous partner Jason Sudeikis, several fans are questioning whether there is a gendered element to the discussion around their ages.
“People can stop calling Olivia Wilde a cougar now… the age difference between her and Harry Styles is the same as the gap between her and Jason Sudeikis,” one Twitter user wrote.
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“So it’s ok for Zack Braff to date Florence Pugh who is young enough to be his daughter but y’all are freaking out and are disgusted by Olivia Wilde possibly dating Harry Styles? Lol we love double standards,” another added.
It seems the discourse around a woman dating a younger man isn’t the only double standard to have already emerged from this news, however.
Indeed, fans of Lizzo have also pointed out that the media did not assume she was dating Styles when she held hands with him at an awards show last year.
“When Harry held hands with Lizzo they were just friends. When Harry holds hands with someone who is apparently “his type” they’re dating. Y’all see the problem??” a twitter user wrote.
Another added: “interesting that the media and articles have automatically assumed that harry styles has dated/been with every single woman he’s friends with EXCEPT Lizzo…wonder why that is.”
Check out more of the tweets questioning the double standards of the discussion around who Harry Styles is dating:
GUYS OMG THEY MUST BE DATING BC THEYRE HOLDING HANDS…oh wait lizzo isnt white so that means shes not harrys type? pic.twitter.com/3QoKMYmrHr
— chloe ♡︎’s jack and aby • wanting a jack follow (@AVERYSFLOWER) January 4, 2021
if holding hand means dating where’s the articles for him and lizzo??? pic.twitter.com/yktCekapse
— Katie ⚡️#TCOE (@ktsawhoran) January 4, 2021
y’all look stupid saying olivia wilde and harry styles are dating. y’all will literally ship him with any blonde white girl he comes in contact with. if he was holding hands with a poc then y’all would say “oh, they’re just friends” pic.twitter.com/MoQB0dJQFz
— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@haroldsfavring) January 4, 2021