Shia LaBeouf just released some devastating family news amid the ongoing media standoff between him and Olivia Wilde. The drama began when Wilde gave a Variety interview in late August to promote her movie Don’t Worry Darling.
During the call, Wilde said she fired LaBeouf from the film before hiring Harry Styles for a starring role. LaBeouf then addressed those claims through messages sent to Variety. The actor explained that he “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time.” In addition, LaBeouf shared previous communications between him and Wilde. This included lyrics in which LaBeouf said he was leaving the project, as well as a video in which Wilde discussed the film and told LaBeouf she was “not ready to give that up yet.”
Wilde has since responded in an interview with Vanity Fair. The actress-director maintained her position that she would let LaBeouf go to protect another star of the film, Florence Pugh. “I’m like a mother wolf,” Wilde said. “Making the call was difficult, but somehow [LaBeouf] Got it.” She then explained, “I want him to get well and develop because I think it’s a huge loss to the film industry when someone so talented isn’t able to work.”
Now, LaBeouf reveals he experienced a heartbreaking personal loss behind the scenes of this drama.
Shia LaBeouf’s mother has died at the age of 80
Actor Shia LaBeouf has announced that his mother, Shayna Saide, has sadly passed away. The actor shared this with The Hollywood Reporter while addressing Olivia Wilde’s counter-claims regarding his past involvement in the movie Don’t Worry Darling.
Saide died on Aug. 27 at the age of 80 from complications from heart failure, the outlet reported. LaBeouf said his mother was “filled with anxiety in her last moments” and “frantic” when she died, and then went on to express how Saide passed on a connection to a higher power to him.
“Her greatest gift to me was to encourage the need for a relationship with God in her dying,” LaBeouf said. “No interest, not just a belief, but a relationship built on evidence as palpable as a hug.” He concluded, “She was loved by many and known by too few. God bless you mom.”
Saide was a visual artist, per Refinery29, who grew up in New York City’s Lower East Side and previously worked as a touring modern and jazz dancer. LaBeouf spoke about his love for his mother with Extra in 2009, per MTV, calling her “the most beautiful woman on this planet,” before adding, “and I love her.” In response to Wilde claiming she had the actor Fired from Don’t Worry Darling, LaBeouf said, “It is what it is – every blessing for her and her film.”