Harry Styles has a brand new album out. During a recent interview with The Sun promoting it, he candidly opens up about his sexuality.
The Sun’s Dan Wootton asks Styles about sexuality in pop, including Miley Cyrus’ recent revelations that she is pansexual. Styles responds, “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. It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.”
So has Harry Styles personally labeled his sexuality?
He replies: “No, I’ve never felt the need to really. No.”
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”
Harry Styles has been an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community for some time.
Back in 2014, he showed his support for out NFL star Michael Sam. One Direction performed in Missouri, the player’s home state and home for Sam’s team, the St. Louis Rams. Styles stepped out for the show in Sam’s Rams jersey, to cheers from the crowd.
One year later, he dons a pride flag during another concert.
More recently, during an interview on French TV, Styles refuses to answer a question about Brexit claiming he doesn’t like to talk about politics. That prompts the talk show host to ask whether or not he is “in favor of equality of rights, men, women, gay people, straight people, that’s politics.”
“That doesn’t feel like politics to me,” Styles responds. “Stuff like equality feels much more fundamental. I feel like everyone is equal. That doesn’t feel like politics to me.”
Styles’ self titled album came out on Friday to fantastic reviews.
Variety’s Eve Barlow writes: “Harry Styles’ solo album might be the most anticipated debut this side of the millennium. Following years as the bullseye in the global behemoth that was One Direction, the singer is taking center stage with a self-titled effort that’s a classic cocktail of psychedelia, Britpop, and balladry. If it was a color, it would be the baby blue of Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster or the soft pink of Mick Jagger’s suit when he performed on “Top Of The Pops” in 1971. It’s rock and it’s roll, but it’s also soft and sensitive.”
“Produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Fun.) it’s a record that could force the position of mainstream radio by ushering in a reprise of proper music — ensembles, verse-chorus-verse, rich instrumentation, or, basically, Adele’s bag of tricks.”