Harry Edward Styles is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. His musical career began in 2010 as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor. Following his elimination early on, he was brought back to join the boy band One Direction, which went on to become one of the best-selling boy’s band of all time.
Styles released his self-titled debut solo album through Columbia Records in 2017. It debuted at number one in the UK and the US, and became one of the world’s top-ten best-selling albums of the year. Its lead single, “Sign of Times”, topped the UK Singles chart. He made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war film Dunkirk. Styles’ second album, Fine Line (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200, with the biggest first-week sales by an English male artist in history.
Throughout his career, Styles has earned several accolades, including a Brit Award, an American Music Award, two ARIA Music Awards, a Grammy Award, 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.
Harry Edward Styles was born on 1 February 1994 in Redditch, Worcestershire, the son of Anne Twist and finance worker Desmond “Des” Styles. When he was a child, he moved with his parents and older sister, Gemma, to Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. His parents divorced when he was seven and his mother later was remarried to Robin Twist, who died of cancer in 2017. Styles has an older stepbrother named Mike and a stepsister named Amy, children of Twist. Styles said he had a “great childhood” and was always supported by his parents. As a child, he recorded covers on a karaoke machine he was given by his grandfather, and the first song he recorded was Elvis Presley’s The Girl of my Best Friend. Styles attended Holmes Comprehensive School. While at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, he was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo, which won a local Battle of the Bands competition. At the age of 16, he worked part-time at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel.
Music Career style.
Styles’s musical style has been described as soft rock, pop, and rock, with elements of folk and Britpop. The musical style on his debut solo album was described as a “mish-mash of Los Angeles’ style classic rock and ballads” by NME, invoking an “intimately emotional Seventies soft-rock vibe” by Rolling Stone, and “synthesising influences from the last half-century of rock” by Time magazine. His debut album was influenced by the music he grew up listening to, such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, as well as the song-writing of Harry Nilsson. Styles’s favourite album ever is Astral Weeks, by Northern Irish musician Van Morrison, which he has called “completely perfect”; he also considers Etta James’s album At Last, to be “perfect”. Joni Mitchell’s seminal 1971 album Blue, inspired Styles to contact the album’s dulcimer instrumentalist who in turn worked with him on Fine Line.
Styles splits his time between two homes in North London, having previously lived in the Sunset Strip area of West Hollywood, California. He sold his Los Angeles residence having become disillusioned with the city. He also owns a loft apartment in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Styles lived in the attic of producer Ben Winston’s home in Hampstead Heath, London, for 20 months at the beginning of his career while he looked for his own house.
Styles believes in Karma, and when asked if he believes in God, he stated that he considered himself to be “more spiritual than religious” and that it’s “naïve to say nothing exists and there’s nothing above us or more powerful than us.” In a 2020 interview with Vogue, Styles shared that he practices pilates and mediates daily, and that he had been adhering to a pescatarian diet for about three years. He has 60 tattoos, one of which (the words “Late Late” on his arm) was done during a live appearance in 2015.
From November 2011 to January 2012, 17-year-old Styles dated television presenter Caroline Flack; their relationship stirred controversy as she was fourteen years his senior. He briefly dated American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift later in 2012, leading to fan and media speculation about them writing songs about each other after their breakup. From 2017 to 2018, Styles was in a relationship with French-American model Camille Rowe who inspired his 2019 album Fine Line.
Is Harry Styles Bi-sexual?
Styles’ sexuality has long been a subject of speculation. When asked in a 2013 interview with British GQ whether he was bisexual, he replied, “I’m pretty sure I’m not.” In 2017, Styles said he does not feel a need to label his sexuality, adding that “being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive” and “everyone should just be who they want to be”.
When asked in December 2019 about his flamboyant image, use of LGBQT aesthetics and sexual ambiguity, he stated,
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 don’t know, I just think sexuality’s something that’s fun. Honestly? I can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that.
In May 2019, Styles was named second on the Sunday Times Rich List, of musicians in the UK under 30, with an estimated net worth of £58 million, having previously featured third on the previous year’s list with an estimated net worth of £50 million. He maintained his position in second place on the list in 2020 with an estimated net worth of £63 million.