Harry Styles is on ‘obsolete’ pressure to label his sexuality


Pop star Harry Styles, whose sexuality has long been the subject of public speculation, revealed in a recent interview that he was frankly a bit fed up with the “dated” speculation.

In an exclusive conversation with the magazine Better homes and gardens before his third album Harry’s houseStyles said her refusal to clarify her sexuality — even as her queer supporters continue to speculate about the significance of her elaborate dresses and her affinity for waving Pride flags at shows — is actually quite intentional.

“I’ve been very open with my friends, but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine”, Styles said. “The main thing about the direction we should be taking, which is to accept everyone and be more open, is that it doesn’t matter, and it’s about not having to label everything, so you don’t have to clarify the boxes you tick.”

Styles has been criticized in the past by some LGBTQ+ fans for refusing to label his sexuality, with some accusing him of implying queerness in aesthetics and lyrics purely for marketing purposes. In a 2019 interview with the Guardian, Styles pushed back against that argument, saying he didn’t “sprinkle in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try to be more interesting,” and expressing a “whatever” attitude when it came to speculation about his sexuality.

But speculation has continued nonetheless, most recently with the pop star’s performance at this year’s Coachella Music Festival, in which he sings while hoisting a pride flag offered to him by the audience. At the festival, Styles too released a new song titled “Boyfriends” with lyrics about bad boyfriends who “take you for granted” and know “just how to get under your skin”.

In the better homes interview, the former One Direction star added that he once felt “ashamed” about his sex life. “For a long time, I felt like the only thing that belonged to me was my sex life,” he said. “But I think I got to a place where I was like, why am I ashamed? I am a single 26 year old male; it’s like, yeah, I’m having sex.

The new album, which debuted its first single “As It Was” earlier this month ahead of its May 20 release, is about “metamorphosis,” according to Styles. He added in the interview that he finally feels free to do the kind of music he really wants to do: “I just want to do stuff that’s right, that’s fun, in terms of process, that I can be proud of for a long time, of which my friends can be proud, of which my family can be proud, of which my children will be proud one day.

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