Here are some photos of Harry Styles out and about in the past week. The plaid-suit photos are from London, where Styles was going into the BBC Radio studio. The photos of Harry in the pink suit are from his appearance on the Today Show last week. Harry has been promoting his new self-titled album and it seems to be going well. What comes across, for the most part, is that he’s a pretty well-adjusted guy, all things considered. He’s close to his family, he doesn’t abuse alcohol or drugs, he’s not spending crazy money on stupid things. I’ve been reading his interviews and I think he probably misses the One Direction atmosphere, where he could more easily deflect personal questions and not have to answer questions if he didn’t want to. Harry chatted with a gossip guy in the UK, Dan Wootton, and Wootton asked Harry directly about his sexuality and more. Just know: a lot of 1Ders honestly believe that the boys of 1D were involved with each other sexually, romantically, whatever. Some highlights from the interview:
On his sexuality & people like Miley coming out as pansexual: “Being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive. People doing stuff like that is great. It’s weird for me—everyone should just be who they want to be,” the “Sign of the Times” singer replied. “It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.” The 23-year-old singer added that he “never felt the need” to define his own sexual orientation. In fact, he said, “I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”
He doesn’t want to share too much about his personal life: “I try not to overthink too much. I don’t really talk about it, I guess. The rollercoaster affects different people in different ways. One of the ways that helps me dealing with that is compartmentalizing between working. All that stuff, for me, is just a different thing.”
Whether he’s friends with his exes: “Everyone should be friends, right?”
How he avoided partying too hard throughout his career: “On the first couple of tours it was so exciting as we’d have a drink and go to parties. But for me, the albums got higher so they become harder to sing, so I knew if I didn’t come off stage and go to bed I wouldn’t be able to sing the next night… It’s just not for me. I’d rather wake up with a clear head. I’m not straight edge or anything. I’ll celebrate and hang out with friends when it’s the right time. But I like knowing I’m not going to be stressing about having to do something the next day. I usually go long stretches without having anything, have a couple of drinks and wake up feeling like s–t, so I have another long stretch of not drinking.”
It sounds like I have something in common with Harry – I stopped drinking because I was tired of feeling like sh-t the next day, and tired of feeling foggy the morning after and not being able to function at my best. This, to me, speaks to Harry’s professionalism. But I do think he’s probably more straight-edge than he wants to admit. He’s walking the fine line between wanting to be seen as a rock star versus the reality of being a solo artist, with people depending on you alone. As for the talk about his sexuality… he’s part of the generation of kids/young-adults who don’t want to be defined by their sexuality nor do they want to define their sexuality. My guess is that he’s a straight guy who knows how to gay-bait, which is a thing. Nick Jonas does it too. They’re guys who know they have a gay fanbase so they they give their gay fans a little something extra.
Photos courtesy of WENN.