Harry Styles has joked on stage that he "went to Venice to spit on Chris Pine", while resuming his US tour at New York's Madison Square Garden.
A source close to the English singer-turned-actor had earlier denied the absurd claims, but needless to say, the internet just ran with it.
US actor Pine's representative branded the claim as "a ridiculous story."
Returning from the film festival, Styles laughed as he told fans on Wednesday evening: "I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine... but fret not, we're back."
Videos and online speculation suggested when Styles sat down for Sunday's out-of-competition premiere, he appeared to spit on his co-star, who was seated between him and the film's director Olivia Wilde.