Harry Styles has been at the center of multiple conversations about sexuality and gender-fluid fashion.
He made headlines when he posed in a Gucci dress on the December 2020 issue of Vogue.
And in a 2019 interview, the singer said that he thinks “sexuality’s something that’s fun.”
Harry Styles recently garnered attention for wearing a dress on the December 2020 cover of Vogue, but the 26-year-old singer has been challenging fashion norms for years.
Instead, he proudly dons sheer tops, flared pants, heels, and pearl necklaces at appearances.
Chatter about his gender-fluid fashion has also coincided with speculation about his sexuality.
Styles, a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community, has addressed the latter subject on a few occasions, but ultimately refuses to publicly label himself.
Here’s everything the singer has said about his sexuality and fashion.
In an interview with British GQ for the magazine’s September 2013 issue, Styles said he was “pretty sure” he didn’t identify as bisexual.
The comment was sparked by the interviewer asking Styles to address rumors about him and his friend Nick Grimshaw being in a relationship.
After the singer said that they’re “just friends,” the interviewer asked: “So you’re not bisexual?”
In response, Styles said, “Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I’m not.”
In 2014, Styles said that when looking to date someone, being female was “not that important.”
When asked, “Four favorite traits you look for in a girl?” Payne answered first, saying: “Female. That’s a good trait.”
Styles laughed and said, “not that important.” Then he said that he’s looking for someone who’s natural, has a sense of humor, and is nice.
In 2017, the “Kiwi” singer said he “never felt the need” to label his sexuality.
“It’s weird for me — everyone should just be who they want to be,” he told Bizarre after the publication asked him to weigh in on Miley Cyrus speaking out about being pansexual. “It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.”
When asked if Styles labeled himself, he said: “No, I’ve never felt the need to really. No.”
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself,” he added.
On the first night of the European leg of his solo tour in March 2018, Styles debuted an unreleased track called “Medicine,” which fans declared a bisexual anthem.
The fan reaction was spurred by the song’s second verse, where Styles appeared to sing: “The boys and the girls are here / I mess around with him / And I’m OK with it.”
People also questioned if the lyrics are “with him” or “with them,” which is unclear depending on which videos of his live performances you watch.
Since the song didn’t make the cut on his first album (or his sophomore one), the exact lyrics have yet to be confirmed.
Months later at a show in Los Angeles, he said: “We’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”
Styles’ comment came after he spotted a fan’s sign in the crowd, which read, “I’m gay and I love you.”
After laughing, the singer said: “I mean, we’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”
In a 2019 cover story for L’Officiel Hommes, Styles said that “many borders are falling” regarding “gender differentiation.”
“Many borders are falling — in fashion, but also in music, films, and art,” Styles told the magazine. “I don’t think people are still looking for this gender differentiation. Even if the masculine and feminine exist, their limits are the subject of a game. We no longer need to be this or that.”
He added: “I think now, people are just trying to be good. In fashion and other fields, these parameters are no longer as strict as before, and it gives rise to great freedom. It’s stimulating.”
Speaking to The Face in 2019, the singer again said there are “no lines” between masculinity and femininity.
“What’s feminine and what’s masculine, what men are wearing and what women are wearing — it’s like there are no lines anymore,” he said.
When his sexuality came up in the interview, Styles said: ”I’m not always super-outspoken. But I think it’s very clear from choices that I make that I feel a certain way about lots of things.”
“I want everyone to feel welcome at shows and online,” he added, referring to his waving of Pride flags at his shows. “They want to be loved and equal, you know? I’m never unsupported, so it feels weird for me to overthink it for someone else.”
During a conversation with actor Timothée Chalamet, Styles spoke about masculinity and said he’s “become a lot more content with who I am.”
“I didn’t grow up in a man’s man world. I grew up with my mum and my sister,” Styles, who lived with his mom after his parents divorced, told Chalamet in late 2019. “But I definitely think in the last two years, I’ve become a lot more content with who I am.”
He continued: “I think there’s so much masculinity in being vulnerable and allowing yourself to be feminine, and I’m very comfortable with that.”
“Today it’s easier to embrace masculinity in so many different things,” Styles added.
Speaking to The Guardian in late 2019, the “Watermelon Sugar” singer again defended his “sexual ambiguity.”
When asked if he identifies as bisexual, Styles said, “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.”
“It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?” he continued.
Then the interviewer said that Styles could be capitalizing on the LGBTQ community if he doesn’t identify as queer.
“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No.” Styles responded.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Styles also said that he thinks “sexuality’s something that’s fun” and he “can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Styles spoke about not caring about whether clothing is specifically made for women or men.
“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that,” he said. “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.”
In his December 2020 Vogue cover story, the “Adore You” singer spoke about taking fashion risks and said: “I like playing dress-up in general.”
Fans loved Styles’ cover, in which he wore a blue Gucci gown and became the first solo man to appear on it.
But Conservative commentator Candace Owens called it an “outright attack” on manly men,” which prompted celebrities to defend the singer.
During his interview, Styles said that he’ll “put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it.
“I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit,” he continued. “Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”
The singer said that when you remove “barriers” between men’s ad women’s clothing, it allows for more creativity.
“I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing,” he said.
Styles added: “Any time you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes.”
Speaking to Variety for their 2020 Hitmakers issue, Styles again said he chooses to not limit his clothing choice to specific genders.
“To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes,” he said, addressing the response from critics who took issue with his Vogue cover.
“And I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like,” he continued. “It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred.”
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