HARRY STYLES: MOVING IN ANOTHER DIRECTION

Harry Styles, an authentic singer, composer, and actor. An individual who shows love and support to his fans, friends and family.

By MARIANA MEJIA

Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994 in Bromsgrove, Worcester, England. Styles is the son of Anne Twist (née Selley) and Desmond “Des” Styles, who both work in finance. They divorced when he was seven years old. He and his sister Gemma were brought up by their mother in Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. His mom later remarried to Robin Twist. In his earlier years, Styles attended a preschool called Happy Days. Then later attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where he and three of his friends formed the band, White Eskimo. Styles was the lead singer of White Eskimo, a band that was popular enough to win a band competition at his school. Styles also, after school and on weekends, worked at the W. Mandeville bakery in Holmes Chapel. After attending Holmes Chapel Comprehensive school, Harry attended Winslow High School in Cheshire, U.K.

Although Harry Styles attended high school, he never completed it. Styles auditioned for The X Factor at the age of 16. After he made it through and One Direction was formed, the singer then never went back to school. Even though he didn’t stay in school, Styles said if he had never made it through The X Factor, he would’ve continued with his studies and gone into law school to become a lawyer. One Direction was formed at the boot camp stage of The X Factor UK (2004) in 2010 when the judges felt that Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan had too much talent to just throw away, but wasn’t interesting enough to make each singer as a soloist. The decision to put the five boys in the group proved to be popular as they made it to The X Factor final and were the only band to be included on the 2011 X Factor Tour. After appearing in the One Direction band in 2004 and 2010 X Factor, Styles and one of their bandmates, Louis Tomlinson, moved in together.

Styles then found his fame as the star of the global phenomenon One Direction, a group that was assembled by Simon Cowell in the boot camp stage of The X Factor UK 2010 and a band that made it all the way up to the final before finishing in 3rd place. After completing The X Factor UK, One Direction’s 2011/2012 UK tour sold out within 12 minutes. Styles, the youngest member of One Direction, became a fan favorite for his curly hair, wide smile and sweet-yet-naughty demeanor. Styles has expressed several times that the image the media has portrayed of him is not true and has shown disdain when being called a womanizer or when it’s implied, he likes older women. Style says,

“A LOT OF THE TIME, THE WAY IT’S PORTRAYED IS THAT I ONLY SEE WOMEN IN A SEXUAL WAY. BUT I GREW UP WITH JUST MY MUM AND SISTER, SO I RESPECT WOMEN A LOT.”

Styles sang and composed some of the lead vocals on the band’s first single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” which was released in September 2011 in the United Kingdom. One Direction’s debut album, “Up All Night”, was a best seller in both the United Kingdom and the United States the following year.

In 2013, Harry Styles was ranked #6 on Glamour’s list of “50 Sexiest Men”. Styles was known as “the flirt” of One Direction. Styles’ romantic relationships were obsessively followed by the press and fans as he rose to fame. Back in 2011, he began to date the television presenter, Caroline Flack, whom he met while competing in The X Factor and she was hosting the companion show, The Xtra Factor. The media went crazy because Styles was 17 and Flack was 32. Styles was then romantically linked to photographer Sarah- Louise Colivet, models Emma Ostilly and Cara Delevingne, and singers Lily Halpern and Rita Ora. He was then publicized as a “womanizer”. Styles says, “I don’t want to be viewed as a womanizer or whatever. I don’t like going crazy-crazy, I like having fun, but it’s nice to wake up in your own bed, isn’t it? ” But his most publicized relationship was with Taylor Swift in 2012. After their break up, he was reportedly the subject of certain songs on Taylor Swift’s album “Red” and “1989”, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” from “Red” and “Style”, “Out of the Woods” and “I Know Places” from “1989”. Styles later dated French model, Camille Rowe.

On December 13, 2015, the band performed “Infinity” and “History” on The X Factor UK Finale before embarking on a hiatus in 2016. One Direction was the first band in history to have its first four albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, with the fifth album topping the UK charts and selling 3.5 million copies worldwide. In five years, One Direction sold more than 70 million records worldwide, achieving a total of 137 number ones, and winning five Billboard Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and six BRIT Awards.

“YOU GET THESE MOMENTS ALL THE TIME THAT KIND OF MAKE YOU PINCH YOURSELF. SOME OF THEM MAKE YOU QUITE EMOTIONAL. WINNING A BRIT WAS A BIG MOMENT BECAUSE WE WERE JUST SO EXCITED TO BE AT THE AWARDS IN THE FIRST PLACE. SELLING OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WAS PRETTY AMAZING TOO. THEN WE WOKE TO THE NEWS THAT OUR UK TOUR WAS SOLD OUT. IT WAS CRAZY”, SAID STYLES.”

After appearing in a concert documentary with One Direction, Styles made his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war thriller, Dunkirk, as an allied soldier named Alex. Styles, in 2017, made his solo music debut with his self-titled debut album, released in May 2017. The 10-track album featured the lead single “Sign of the Times,” which topped the iTunes charts in over 84 countries upon release day. The album made history with the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, and it topped official charts at #1 in more than 55 countries. Styles himself wrote “Sign of the Times,” which he played alone on the piano for hours. However, his co-writers helped him polish it. His producer, Jeff Bhasker, expressed many times that a lot of these songs were improvised, and that’s why they clock in at 5 minutes and 40 seconds. “He has expressed several times that he wishes his private life to remain private and has no desire to expose any of it. He has also said that he will not explain the meaning behind his songs and that he prefers it if people interpret them as they want.” said Styles.

Since going solo, he started playing the guitar publicly, but he can also play piano, bass and drums. In support of his new music, Styles made appearances on Saturday Night Live including performing in multiple comedy sketches; The Graham Norton Show; and a week-long residency on The Late Show with James Corden. Styles is now great friends with James Corden. Styles then embarked on a sold-out world tour in fall 2017. Harry Styles’ Love On Tour went from intimate venues to : STARS different arenas in 2018. Two years after his first album, Fine Line (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with the biggest first-week sales by an English male artist in history, and was listed among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2020. Its fourth single, “Watermelon Sugar”, topped the US Billboard Hot 100. To fully immerse himself in his creative side and write his album, he spent over a month in Jamaica with his producers and some members of his band, One Direction.

Styles is no longer in One Direction because in his last 2017 interview with the Rolling Stones Magazine, he said that he “didn’t want to exhaust [the band’s] fan base” and also spoke of the other members, saying, “We all thought too much of the group to let that happen.” The band changed his life and gave him everything. Throughout his career and successes, Styles has earned several accolades, including a Brit Award, an American Music Award, two ARIA Music Awards, and a Billboard Music Award. Aside from music, he is also known for his flamboyant fashion, and is the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue magazine. He enjoys his flamboyant fashion, but he is not a homosexual. He believes that LGBTQI+, race, and gender rights aren’t political. Styles believes in equality and that everyone is equal. “Being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive. People doing stuff like that [expressing their sexuality] is great. It’s weird for me [explaining my sexuality]; 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. I’ve never felt the need to, really [label his own sexuality]. No.”

He has expressed his support for the LGBTQI+ community consistently since he was 18 years old. Most notably, he wore a shirt that read “Love Is Equal”, called out the Westboro Baptist Church on social media during one of his concerts, because the Westboro Baptist church slashed out Michael Sam because of his sexuality. So, in response, Harry Style’s wore a jersey of Michael Sam (the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL) during his band’s concert in Saint Louis and has shown his support for The Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Organization. Syles also, shouted “Happy Pride” on Pride Day during his band’s concert in San Caro, Italy, and used his social media several times to post rainbow flags on important dates (after the Pulse shooting, when gay marriage was legalized in America, etc.).

“WHEN YOU WAKE UP EVERY DAY, YOU GET A CHANCE TO THINK OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR DAY AND WHAT YOU WANT TO PUT INTO THE WORLD THAT DAY AND WHO YOU WANT TO BE: BE A LOVER. CHOOSE LOVE. GIVE LOVE. ALWAYS LOVE EVERYONE. SPREAD AS MUCH LOVE AS YOU CAN.” SAID STYLES.”

Styles said, “People just want me to be myself and be authentic with them.” He’s is also a selfproclaimed feminist and egalitarian and was seen wearing a shirt that read “Women Are Smarter”, distributed by a shop named it’s a sickness. Part of the proceeds of this t-shirt will go to Planned Parenthood. In December 2020, he became the first-ever solo male to appear on the cover of the American Vogue Magazine. The magazine had featured men on its cover nine previous times, but all were accompanied by women. Styles isn’t just living his authentic self, but he is an avid reader and one of his favorite authors is Charles Bukowski, who inspired two of the songs on his Fine Line album “Woman” and “Only Angel”. He also idolizes Stevie Nicks, Chris Martin, and Mick Jagger, among many others artists, and has listed the band Queen as one of his biggest musical inspirations.

Styles is in a relationship with Olivia Wilde. Rumors say that Styles and Wilde kept the relationship secret or they meet on a movie set. Either way, the relationship between Styles and Wilde became a shock to fans when pictures emerged of the co-stars of Don’t Worry, Darling holding hands at Harry’s agent’s wedding at the start of 2021. Photo later surfaced of the ‘Adore You’ singer with his arm around the actress. Harry and Olivia are yet to publicly address whether they’re officially boyfriend and girlfriend, but the pictures of the couple seem to prove the rumors. The pair have been pictured on a few occasions holding hands and looking closely, but whether they’ll speak out on their romance remains to be seen. Harry’s fans are none the less heartbroken to see their idol dating someone new, but in other words, they are happy for the One Direction star. Aside from his career, Harry Styles currently has 60 tattoos so far. The only time he regrets getting the tattoos is when it takes an hour or more to cover them up with makeup when filming.

Although many other tours and productions featuring Harry Styles are due to come out this year, but due to Covid, he had to postpone his shows and began Love On Tour on September 4, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. On September 23, 2022, catch Styles in the crime/drama film, Don’t Worry Darling. A 1950’s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamourous company may be hiding disturbing secrets. It’s definitely an untold dramatic truth, like many of Styles’ other recent works, career, and personal life! Rumor has it that a drama film called Faster, Cheaper, Better will be out next year. A union foreman, a young entrepreneur, an indoor farm executive and a tech billionaire’s lives are upended when automation and AI transform the world as we know it.