Harry Styles. What a man. For the past nine years, we have been blessed to have him in our lives since he was a fresh face little cutie on ‘The X Factor’ with hopes and dreams. Since then, he has been part of the revolutionary One Direction who broke the mold and of boybands, making them cooler than ever before. Since parting ways for a much-needed hiatus, Harry has continued to make a mark on the world with his music.
Following the success of his debut album with a bit of acting and modeling sprinkled in between, Harry is back with his sophomore record, ‘Fine Line’ meaning the Harry hype is in full force – and it’s totally justified.
Like a Pokémon, Harry Styles evolves
He is totally the kind of person to want to continue to progress both as a person and an artist, forever putting blood sweat and tears into his craft. This new era brings a different sound from Styles as he makes the jump to 70s rock inspo. “It’s not like his last album,” said Fleetwood Mac legend and friend of Harry’s Stevie Nicks when speaking to ‘The Face’ in September ”It’s not like anything One Direction ever did. It’s pure Harry, as Harry would say. He’s made a very different record and it’s spectacular.” We stan growth!
He’s proud of One Direction
Despite his music being a long way from the 1D sound, he’s proud of his past endeavors. When a boy band or any group goes solo, they often try to shun what once was. Not our boy, Harry. “I know it’s the thing that always happens, When somebody gets out of a band, they go, ‘That wasn’t me. I was held back.’ But it was me,” he admits in his Rolling Stone cover this year. “I don’t feel like I was held back at all. It was so much fun. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it. It’s not like I was tied to a radiator.” We honestly love this.
His true love is always his fans
While his romantic life is forever in the tabloids (literally, he could breathe next to a woman and it’s a headline, smh), the one relationship he is committed to for life is with his fans. “They’re the most honest — especially if you’re talking about teenage girls, but older as well,” he raved about Harries in the Rolling Stone feature. “They have that bulls–t detector. You want honest people as your audience. We’re so past that dumb outdated narrative of ‘Oh, these people are girls, so they don’t know what they’re talking about.’ They’re the ones who know what they’re talking about. They’re the people who listen obsessively. They f–king own this s–t. They’re running it.” We love you, bb!
He’s a driving force contributing towards breaking restrictive molds and stereotypes
In a world where we are vastly opening up towards breaking gender constructions and accepting the spectrum of sexuality and identity, Harry Styles openly embraces androgyny in his fashion sense as he continues to experiment in his style. Earlier this year we saw him co-host the 2019 Met Gala with the theme of ‘Notes on Camp’, which he proudly donned various outfits that perfectly paid tribute to the theme. And might we add, he looked fabulous.
Harry is also openly involved in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, often taking one of the many pride flags from his audience up on stage and prancing about. Having the ‘it’ boy that the media and locals alike swoon over openly accepting your identity is a major win and though there is much speculation over how he personally identifies, Harry has declined to comment. Maybe it’s because he genuinely doesn’t find labels fit him as a person (100% valid) or maybe he would rather keep that to himself while making his activism more about the fans who don’t have the safety net superstars tend to get. He even includes it in his music (see: ‘Lights Up’ music video and ‘Medicine’ lyrics) which is definitely a big deal because representation is so important in mainstream media, and we’d definitely say Harry is mainstream.
The music is his first and foremost
In 2017 we saw Harry Styles’ made his first serious acting debut (aside from his SNL skits, of course) in 2017 in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Fans thought we were going to be lucky in terms of seeing him on the big screen again when rumors were flying that he was auditioning for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and Twitter literally broke as someone falsely confirmed he had indeed been given the part of Prince Eric.
Sadly, that was then knocked on the head as it was set straight that he, in fact, turned the role down. Harries were truly devastated right up until he spoke to Capital FM about the ordeal, where he said the reason he turned it down was due to the fact filming goes on for a long time and he wanted to tour his new music, meaning there’d be a schedule clash. As much as we were a bit peeved we wouldn’t be getting Disney Prince Harry, we’re so glad he sees music as his career priority and hey, if Disney liked him that much, maybe we could see him in a future remake or in a Disney+ original…
He’s so decorous when things don’t go his way
Aside from ‘The Little Mermaid’, Harry has had a few auditions for big movies, one including for the role of rock’n’roll king Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic. Sadly, he didn’t get the part but instead of being a total diva, he was a true gentleman in accepting that it didn’t play to his favor. It would have been a dream role for him since Elvis “such an icon for [him] growing up,” but speaking to ‘The Face’, he said: “I feel like if I’m not the right person for the thing, then it’s best for both of us that I don’t do it, you know?” What a legend.
And it’s the same thing with his personal life, too. We know ‘Fine Line’ talks about the fizzle of a former relationship but rather throwing his former lover under the bus by giving them a name, he is tight-lipped and adamant on protecting their identity. “It’s not like I’ve ever sat and done an interview and said, ‘So I was in a relationship, and this is what happened,'” he told Rolling Stole. “Because, for me, music is where I let that cross over. It’s the only place, strangely, where it feels right to let that cross over.” Whoever is lucky enough to spend the rest of their life with that man, remember how lucky you are!
He practices what he preaches
Harry’s infamous mantra is “treat people with kindness” (and he has other well-known sayings including “choose love every single day”) and it’s exactly what he does. He is a proud feminist, standing up for women everywhere while fully aware of his privilege as a wealthy white cis-male. He is a very charitable guy and has supported numerous amount of charities and non-profits. Like the time he spent a day off from 1D’s tour to go and help ‘The Lalela Project’ in South Africa. He offered all of the students concert tickets and spoke to them at length about their lives. He grew his hair so he could cut it and donate to ‘The Little Princess Trust’. He’s also had countless Skype sessions and phone calls with fans who were too sick to meet him through charities such as ‘Make-A-Wish’.
But it doesn’t just start and finish at charity. Harry is always nice to be nice. For example, just this week when fans were queuing for days to see him at SNL, he bought them pizza, watermelon, and cherries, making sure they were being fed during that awfully long time waiting out just to see him. He also gave a paparazzi his food. While the paps are often disapproved of by fans and artists alike, Harry recognized that he was just a guy doing his job, and handed him some takeout food. Seriously, what did we do to deserve such a kindhearted guy? And let’s not forget the time he was fully ready to deliver a baby for a heavily pregnant Nickelodeon producer… okay, it ended up being a prank but the sentiment was there.
He’s Harry ‘humble’ Styles
Part of the biggest boyband of our generation, selling out tours, winning the hearts of the world and just being someone you know has rightfully earned his place in music history books, Harry is still a humble guy. We all know his incredible looks come with the package, but he doesn’t act big-headed in the slightest regarding his appearance. Speaking to The Face, he said: “The word ’sexy’ sounds so strange coming out of my mouth, so I would say that that’s probably why I would not consider myself sexy.” Someone get this man to Specsavers pronto!
Harry is without a doubt the kind of artist this world needs. He is passionate about his art. He wants to tell stories but he also doesn’t feel like he is owed anything for his celebrity status. He gives back whenever he possibly can. He hates the word “famous” because, at the end of the day, he only views himself as an artist. Harry Styles is a genuine, kind, funny, intelligent, talented guy who boasts all the positives of the celebrity status while not harboring an ego because of it.
In short: stan Harry Styles.
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