Harry Styles, former member of One Direction and current pop icon, has finally commented on his sexuality, although people who are looking for a finite answer may not be happy about it. Styles, whose new album "Fine Line" is out now, was asked about his sexuality during an interview with The Guardian. The question has always been floating around, but since Styles' new album cover features the same colors as the transgender and bisexual flag, it's become even more prevalent.
When asked about his sexuality in the interview with The Guardian, Styles was pretty open about it.
“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 cause 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 also addressed the rumors about the album cover, and said nothing was really an intentional choice.
“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No,” the former One Direction singer 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. 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.”
Despite the fact that Styles doesn't want to put an answer on his sexuality, he admits that the question is something he expects now, and doesn't like complaining about.
“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,” Styles pointed out. “You respect that someone’s gonna ask. And you hope that they respect they might not get an answer.”
The singer-songwriter was also asked about his clothing choices, which are often used as evidence that he may have a more fluid sexuality.
“[It's not a question of] what women wear. What men wear. 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 explained. “I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”
Making the choice to dress this way had to do with becoming more comfortable with himself.
“A part of it was having, like, a big moment of self-reflection. And self-acceptance,” he continued. “I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time. 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..."