In New Interview, Harry Styles Talks Sexuality, Gender Norms

Monday December 16, 2019

After releasing his sophomore solo album "Fine Line," singer Harry Styles spoke with The Guardian where he opened up about his sexuality and gender norms.

In the lengthy interview, the pop star was asked about breaking gender norms with his fashion choices. Styles has been seen wearing women's clothing, including dresses.

"What women wear. What men wear. For me it's not a question of that," he told the newspaper. "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.' I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier."

He goes on to say it was a moment of "self-reflection" and "self-acceptance."

"I think it's a very free, and freeing, time. I think people are asking, 'Why not?' a lot more. Which excites me," Styles said. "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..."

The "Sign of the Times" hitmaker was asked about lyrics to his songs that suggest he doesn't identify as straight. "Even the sleeve of your new record — all these things get picked apart for clues that you're bisexual. Has anyone ever asked you, though?" The Guardian's Tom Lamont asked Styles.

"Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why? Yeah, I think I do mean [why ask the question]. It's not like I'm sitting on an answer, and protecting it, and holding it back," he said. "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.

"It's: who cares? Does that make sense? It's just: who cares?" Styles told Lamont. "Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No.

He added: "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."

Later in the interview, Styles goes on to say: "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. You respect that someone's gonna ask. And you hope that they respect they might not get an answer."

Click here to check out the full Guardian interview with Styles.

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