Harry Styles has opened up about the rumors around his sexuality in a new interview, leaning into the ambiguity of his image.
Questioned by The Guardian whether he’s ever been asked if he’s bisexual, Styles responds:
“Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why?”
“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,” he says. “It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?”
Well, his young LGBTQ fans, some of whom face hardships over their sexualities, likely care.
He takes a similar approach in describing his fashion choices:
“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that. 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.”
Later in the interview, Styles is asked about what some fans have perceived as hints about his sexuality. Namely, his Fine Line album sleeve, which appears to reference the bisexual flag.
“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No. 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.”
“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.”