Harry Styles, the pop singer launched a brand new album! And it is making a huge splash in the LGBT+ community. The songs from his new album, specifically “Fine Line” and “Falling” have caught the attention of the rainbow tribe.
Styles has often been open about the fluidity of gender. Whether it is his fashion choices or the content of his songs. After the boy-band that brought him to fame, ‘One Direction’, split up, Harry Styles changed his style and made way for his fresh music.
Styles and His Fine Line
At the Met Gala, Styles stunned people with a lacey blouse and dangling pearl earrings. And this obviously got us paying more attention to the singer ever since. Styles has always been a warm and open celebrity. Whether it is the interactions with his fans or interviews with media channels, he usually does not shy away from questions.
So when The Guardian asked the British singer about his sexuality, he was refreshingly candid, and we totally dig it. As he spoke about his fashion choices at the Met Gala, the conversation inevitably landed in the lap of sexuality. He wore a dress and people needed answers.
“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though,” he said. “I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”
The singer said that he uses fashion as a mode of expression that has taught him self-acceptance. He said, “A part of it was having, like, a big moment of self-reflection. And self-acceptance… I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time.”
He added “I think people are asking, ‘Why not?’ a lot more. Which excites me. It’s not just clothes where lines have been blurred, it’s going across so many things. I think you can relate it to music, and how genres are blurring…”.
And his take on fashion translates precisely into his perception of sexuality. When people questioned his fashion choices and wondered about his orientation, he simply did not want to give away more.
“It’s not like I’m sitting on an answer, and protecting it, and holding it back,” was his response to questions about sexuality. He added, “It’s not a case of: I’m not telling you cos I don’t want to tell you. It’s not: ooh this is mine and it’s not yours.”
And this statement took the crown. “It’s: who cares? Does that make sense, It’s just: who cares?”
And honestly, why does it matter to us so much if someone wants to keep their sexuality to themselves?
“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No,” he said. “In terms of how I wanna dress, and what the album sleeve’s gonna be, I tend to make decisions in terms of collaborators I want to work with. I want things to look a certain way. Not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool.”
He added, “And more than that, I dunno, I just think sexuality’s something that’s fun. Honestly? I can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that.”
“What I would say, about the whole being-asked-about-my-sexuality thing – this is a job where you might get asked. And to complain about it, to say you hate it, and still do the job, that’s just silly,” he said. “You respect that someone’s gonna ask. And you hope that they respect they might not get an answer.”
Whether it is Harry Styles or any other celebrity we know of, speaking about one’s own sexuality is a personal choice that we respect. As long as they do not have negative implications, discussing sexuality is a choice. And we totally support Harry Styles for having such a refreshing take on the matter. And as long as he produces his delicious music and stays so awesome, we don’t really mind that he chooses to keep his sexuality to himself.