Harry Styles is someone I’ve looked up to for a long time. As a person and artist, he’s inspired me in many ways. Some I can’t really explain, but with his recent actions, taking the world by storm and having appearances, even just announcing his world tour make me happy. I’d love to share my own experience.
I’ve never met him. I can start there. I’ve never shaken his hand or talked to him, but he’s had a big impact on my life, along with the other One Direction boys of course, but especially him. There was something about the way he’s seen, by fans anyway, that really just captures attention.
First of all, I admire the way he handles himself in interviews and in public settings.
Never have we seen him go off and yell at anyone, lose his temper- which with some videos I’ve seen if mobbing and paparazzi, would be warranted- and I’ve always seen him in a mostly positive light. He handles interviews well, especially where they’ve tried to dig deep into personal things that really, are none of the public’s business. It’s almost guaranteed that whenever he’s in an interview he’s asked about his dating life, his ‘celebrity crush’, or who his albums about. And yeah, there is some curiosity but as a general rule, it’s annoying for both fans and seemingly him.
The truth of the matter is, most of the fans are fans for his music and who he is as a person. After curving questions left and right, the same ones over and over again, you’d think some modern media would learn that he doesn’t want to talk about it, nor do most of his fans care.
What I’d like to hear about, is more so about the music. His process, which part he likes the best, influences. His favorite music and suggestions of songs, his favorite at the moment. Id love to know books he likes to read, his favorite places to write or to travel to. If I could interview Harry Styles, I’d ask him questions with some substance or new information.
In a recent Rolling Stones article, he said something that I really loved.
“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there.They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”
That right there, is what I think we should be talking about. Not his relationships, not hook ups or rumors, but things like this. To me, it’s incredibly important that he said that. It seemed as if the interviewer in the magazine was tying to get him to say something negative, hinting at Harry being worried of ‘lack of credibility’ with a female fan base, but he shut it down quickly.
He’s openly shown support for women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community, has multiple quotes promoting body positivity, he goes out of his way for ill fans, and that is what is important- not who he wants to date. It’s refreshing to see a male artist so open about supporting those issues and human rights in general.
Personally, he’s helped me with a variety of things but he helped me /want/ to save myself when things were hard. It sounds dramatic but as a suicidal and extremely self conscious 13 year old, looking up to boys saying you’re beautiful is a really big thing. It was just a gentle reminder to me that someone out there would think I’m beautiful, when everyone else was telling me I wasn’t. I learned to play piano and guitar to cover one direction songs and I began to write music after being inspired by them, and I found my passion for concert photography at their concerts.
When I asked on twitter for some ways he’s changed fan’s lives, I got quite a few answers.
“He’s inspired me to be unabashedly myself. I am no longer afraid to have my own interests and tastes and he has helped me learn that I can enjoy what I want with out fear of being judged by others. Because of him I am more confident both in myself and what I love.” -Brie
“He made me see the world differently and more accepting. He also has helped me overcome my insecurities.”
“Harry helped me with always be nice to people, to defend those I love no matter what. And just be nice and love everyone.”
“To always love and be kind because there is enough of hate in this world.”
“He’s helped me realize how important it is to be yourself, to always be kind and humble. He’s always been my favorite person because over the years through he hasn’t changed from the fame and his big heart. “
All of these answers show that to some people, he’s more than just a pop star.
Harry’s debut single Sign Of The Times is out now, his first self titled album, Harry Styles, is available for pre order on iTunes. Tickets for his world tour go on sale on May 5th!