Critics of Wilde and Styles as a couple tend to follow the usual pattern of resentment that surfaces when hot ‘n’ famous people find each other. As in, there’s rarely an actual reason for the vitriol, though naysayers can always come up with something.
An age gap, for instance.
“It’s obviously really tempting to correct a false narrative,” Wilde told Vogue for its January 2022 cover story. “But I think what you realize is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about you. All that matters to you is what’s real, and what you love, and who you love.”
Mind you, she never mentioned Styles by name. But, marveling over how “in the past 10 years, as a society, we have placed so much more value on the opinion of strangers rather than the people closest to us,” she was done caring if the peanut gallery threw stones.
“I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” she said. “And I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, and it’s just wonderful to feel that.”