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Shia LaBeouf has announced that his mother Shayna Saide died last month while he was enmeshed in drama surrounding the Olivia Wilde movie Don’t Worry Darling.
The actor, 36, speaking via email Thursday with The Hollywood Reporter, confirmed the death of Saide at the age of 80 at a hospital in Los Angeles, on August 27 as he was at her bedside at the moment she passed away.
The timing of Saide’s death came as LaBeouf was responding to allegations by Wilde that he was fired from her new film.
The latest: Shia LaBeouf, 36, said that his mother Shayna Saide died last month as he was enmeshed in drama surrounding the Olivia Wilde movie Don’t Worry Darling
On Thursday, in response to Wilde’s claims in a Vanity Fair piece that LaBeouf had a ‘combative energy’ and that his methods were ‘not conducive to the ethos’ she had hoped for, he told THR, ‘It is what it is – every blessing to her and her film.’
LaBeouf recalled the sad moments leading to his mother’s passing, saying that she ‘was full of fear in her last moments,’ as she was ‘frantic’ and ‘asking the doctor what this tube was and what that machine did.’
The actor said his late mother ‘was deeply interested in God and spirituality her whole life, but she didn’t know him,’ and her ‘greatest gift’ to him ‘was to promote, in her dying, the necessity of a relationship with God.’
He said: ‘Not an interest, not just a belief, but a relationship built on proof as tangible as a hug. Her last gift to me was the ultimate persuasion for faith. She was a good girl. She was loved by many and known by too few. God bless you, Momma.’
Memories: LaBeouf and his mother were seen at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January of 2019
War of words: Olivia Wilde (seen in Utah in January 2020) has doubled down on claims she fired Shia LaBeouf from the film Don’t Worry Darling to protect his co-star Florence Pugh weeks after the actor denied those allegations and provided evidence that she had begged him to stay on
Interesting: The 38-year-old filmmaker took a stern stance as she told Vanity Fair on Thursday that her responsibility was toward the 26-year-old British actress who she alleges told her she was uncomfortable with the 36-year-old actor’s behavior
Wilde, 38, on Thursday doubled down on claims she fired LaBeouf from Don’t Worry Darling to protect his co-star Florence Pugh weeks after the actor denied those allegations and provided evidence that she had begged him to stay on.
The filmmaker took a stern stance as she told Vanity Fair that her responsibility was toward Pugh, 26, who she alleges told her she was uncomfortable with LaBeouf’s behavior.
Wilde explained: ‘My responsibility was towards her. I’m like a mother wolf. Making the call was tricky, but in a way he understood. I don’t think it would’ve been a process he enjoyed. He comes at his work with an intensity that can be combative. It wasn’t the ethos that I demand in my productions.
‘I want him to get well and to evolve because I think it’s a great loss to the film industry when someone that talented is unable to work.’
Back on August 26 – a day before his mother’s passing – LaBeouf denied claims by Wilde that he was fired due to his ‘combative energy’ and instead insisted that he quit the project.
Backing up his claims, a video of Wilde was leaked that clearly shows the director begging LaBeouf to stay with the project, and she hints at tensions with his would-be co-star Pugh by saying him leaving would be a ‘wake-up call to Miss Flo.’
Just days earlier, Wilde gave an interview to Variety where she said LaBeouf’s process was ‘not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions’ after the role was ultimately recast with her now-boyfriend Harry Styles.
Wilde explained: ‘My responsibility was towards her [Pugh]. I’m like a mother wolf. Making the call was tricky, but in a way he understood. I don’t think it would’ve been a process he enjoyed. He comes at his work with an intensity that can be combative. It wasn’t the ethos that I demand in my productions’
However, LaBeouf went on to supply alleged evidence that refutes Wilde’s claims, including an email he sent to the director and a video that she sent to him, that was later leaked online, proving he walked away from the film.
LaBeouf claims he ‘quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time’ on August 17, 2020, and forwarded Variety two emails that he claims he recently sent to Wilde.
In his messages to Wilde, LaBeouf states: ‘You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors and I couldn’t find time to rehearse.’
‘I quit your film’: Back on August 26, LaBeouf denied claims by Wilde that he was fired from her movie Don’t Worry Darling due to his ‘combative energy’ and instead insisted that he quit the project
In the email, he references his troubled relationship with singer FKA Twigs, who has accused the actor of ‘sexual battery’ in a lawsuit, which he has denied, and also spoke of his daughter Isabel who he shares with partner Mia Goth.
Some studio sources have claimed to the publication that LaBeouf had been fired, while another said it was down to a ‘collective recognition that LaBeouf’s style of acting wasn’t a good fit for Wilde’s approach as a director.’
Variety reports that LaBeouf sent the publication screenshots of his conversations with Wilde, which claim they met in person to discuss his exit from the project.
Shia LaBeouf’s damning email to Olivia Wilde
Sent Wednesday 24th August
I hope this finds you inspired, purposeful, fulfilled & well. I pray every night that you & your family have health, happiness, & everything God would give me. No joke, every night before I sleep.
I have a little girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just beginning to develop the last half of her laugh; it’s AMAZING. Mia, my wife & I have found each other again & are journeying toward a healthy family with love and mutual respect.
I have embarked on a journey that feels redemptive & righteous (dirty word but fitting). I write to you now with 627 days of sobriety and a moral compass that never existed before my great humbling that was the last year and a quarter of my life. I reached out to you a few months ago to make amends; & I still pray one day, you can find space in your heart to forgive me for the failed collaboration we shared.
What inspired this email today is your latest Variety story. I am greatly honored by your words on my work; thank you, that felt good to read. I am a little confused about the narrative that I was fired, however. You and I both know the reasons for my exit. I quit your film because your actors & I couldn’t find time to rehearse. I have included as a reminder the screenshots of our text exchange on that day, and my text to Tobey.
I know that you are beginning your press run for DWD and that the news of my firing is attractive clickbait, as I am still persona-non-grata and may remain as such for the rest of my life. But, speaking of my daughter, I often think about the news articles she will read when she is literate. And though I owe, and will owe for the rest of my life, I only owe for my actions.
My failings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the narrative that has been presented. There is a time and a place to deal with such things, and I am trying to navigate a nuanced situation with respect for her and the truth, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “firing” will never have a court date with which to deal with the facts. If lies are repeated enough in the public they become truth. And so, it makes it that much harder for me to crawl out of the hole I have dug with my behaviors, to be able to provide for my family.
Firing me never took place, Olivia. And while I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth. So I am humbly asking, as a person with an eye toward making things right, that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none of this negatively effects you, and that your film is successful in all the ways you want it to be.
Every Blessing To You,
Wilde allegedly texted the actor: ‘Thanks for letting me in on your thought process. I know that isn’t fun. Doesn’t feel good to say no to someone, and I respect your honesty.’
‘I’m honored you were willing to go there with me, for me to tell a story with you. I’m gutted because it could have been something special. I want to make clear how much it means to me that you trust me. That’s a gift I’ll take with me.’
LaBeouf then claims to the trade outlet that he ‘officially’ quit the film the following day after their conversation in August 2020.
As well as texts, LaBeouf reportedly provided Variety with a video that Wilde allegedly sent him on August 19, 2020, two days after he is said to have quit.
Variety claims that in the video Wilde is heard saying she is ‘not ready to give up on this yet,’ as he appears to beg the actor to reconsider.
Wilde is then said to allude to tension between LaBeouf and lead star Florence Pugh, who plays Alice, the wife of Jack.
‘I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet, and I too am heartbroken and I want to figure this out,’ Wilde allegedly says in the video.
‘You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo [Florence Pugh], and I want to know if you’re open to giving this a shot with me, with us.’
Wilde goes on: ‘If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point and if you guys can make peace – and I respect your point of view, I respect hers – but if you guys can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?’
Coming soon: Don’t Worry Darling, which comes out next month, stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a 1950s married couple that becomes ensnared with a cult in their idyllic town
LaBeouf supplies another message where Wilde allegedly wrote to him: ‘You don’t have to be in my movies but don’t ever doubt me. We pinky promised. That means something in my house.’
DailyMail.com has reached out reps for both LaBeouf and Wilde who have so far been unavailable for comment.
In an email to Wilde, LaBeouf acknowledges his relationship with British singer FKA Twigs, where he writes: ‘My failings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the narrative that has been presented.’
Twigs – real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett – accused LaBeouf in a lawsuit of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease and also accused him of ‘relentless abuse,’ including sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress. He has denied the claims.
Bombshell interview: LaBeouf is responding to Wilde’s Variety interview where she also slammed her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis for infamously serving her custody papers
He also talks about his daughter Isabel, who he shares with current partner Mia Goth.
‘I have a little girl, Isabel; she is five months old and just beginning to develop the last half of her laugh; it’s AMAZING,’ LaBeouf writes.
He goes on: ‘Mia, my wife & I have found each other again & are journeying toward a healthy family with love and mutual respect.’
LaBeouf is responding to Wilde’s Variety interview where she also slammed her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis for infamously serving her custody papers in front of a large audience while onstage at the 2022 CinemaCon back in April.
The actress called the ugly incident ‘an attack on her workplace’, but said she was not surprised at it happening because there was a ‘reason’ she left that relationship.
Wilde and Sudeikis, who first met in 2011, have two children together – eight-year-old Otis, and five-year-old Daisy.
Four months ago, Olivia was on stage at the ComicCon event in Las Vegas to promote her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling when she was ambushed with a petition from Jason – who wanted their children to live with him in New York City.
The actress slammed her ex-fiancé for the way it happened as she told Variety in her cover story: ‘It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack.
Wilde and Sudeikis were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she blasted her ex for serving her in such a public way at Cinemacon.
Relationship: Olivia and Jason (seen with their kids in February 2020) were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she believes their children are the victims in all of this as she said: ‘The only people who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened
Sweet: Wilde is now dating Harry Styles, 28, after the pair formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller in late 2020 (pictured together on set)
The House star did not hold back as she explained: ‘To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted.
‘But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.’
A source close to the former couple told DailyMail.com exclusively back in April that Jason had ‘no idea’ the papers were being served to her in that way.
‘Jason had no idea that this was happening,’ the insider shared. ‘Nobody knew until the photos suddenly appeared. He is appalled about the whole thing and never would have wanted Olivia to be put in this kind of situation.
‘His sole priority is their children and making sure that they are safe and happy.’
She is currently dating One Direction boybander and star of her latest film Harry Styles, 28, as the two have been romantically linked since January 2021.
In the new Vanity Fair interview Wilde did not hold back as she addressed rumors that cheated on former fiancé Jason with Harry before ending their seven-year engagement back in 2020.
In response to the public’s speculation that she was unfaithful to her longtime partner, the director insisted that their ‘relationship was over long before’ meeting the pop star on the set of her drama-riddled movie Don’t Worry Darling.
‘The complete horses**t idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate,’ she told the magazine.
The mother-of-two continued: ‘Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight. Unfortunately, Jason and I had a very bumpy road, and we officially dissolved the relationship towards the beginning of the pandemic.’
‘We were raising two kids during lockdown, so we co-parented through that time. Once it became clear that cohabitating was no longer beneficial for the children, it became the responsible thing to not, because we could be better parents as friends who live in different houses,’ Wilde explained.
‘The complete horses**t idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate’: In the new Vanity Fair interview Wilde did not hold back as she addressed rumors that cheated on former fiancé Jason Sudeikis with Harry before ending their seven-year engagement back in 2020