Don’t put a label on Harry Styles.
Liam Payne isn’t sure how to define Harry Styles, and according to the “Watermelon Sugar” singer, that’s how he likes it.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Styles is asked whether he’s pandering to the LGBTQ community – with his fashion style and statements – or if he actually identifies as bisexual. He’d prefer not to get specific.
Here’s a copy + paste quote from the interview that paints a clearer picture:
The Guardian: There’s a popular perception, I say, that you don’t define as straight. The lyrics to your songs, the clothes you choose to wear, even the sleeve of your new record – all of these things get picked apart for clues that you’re bisexual. Has anyone ever asked you though?
Harry Styles: “Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why?”
The Guardian: You mean, why ask the question?
Harry Styles: “Yeah, I think I do mean that. It’s not like I’m sitting on an answer, and protecting it, and holding it back. 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.”
The Guardian: What is it then?
Harry Styles: “It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?”
The Guardian: I suppose my only question, then, is about the stuff that looks like clue dropping. Because if you don’t want people to care, why hint? Take the album sleeve for Fine Line. With its horizontal pink and blue stripes, a splash of magenta, the design seems to gesture at the trans and bisexual pride flags. Which is great – unless the person behind it happens to be a straight dude, sprinkling LGBTQ crumbs that lead nowhere. Does that make sense?
Harry Styles: “Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No.” As for the rest, he says, “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. 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.”
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