Harry Edward Styles
February 1, 1994 (age 22)
Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
Hazza, Harold, H
London, England and Los Angeles, CA
Early LifeHarry Styles was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England to Des Styles and Anne Cox.  As a child Harry loved singing and was heavily influenced by iconic artists such as Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones.
Growing up Harry lived in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England and attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school.
Harry was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo with band members Hayden Morris (lead guitarist), Nick Clough (bass guitarist), and Will Sweeny (drummer). They came together to compete in a Battle of the Bands. The band won the competition, and it helped Harry realize that he loved performing in front of people.
X FactorThe X Factor. He wanted professional opinions on his singing, stating "Singing is what I want to do, and if people who can make that happen for me don't think that I should be doing that, then it's a major setback in my plans." Harry sang "Isn't She Lovely" and received positive comments from Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, while Louis Walsh had doubts on whether he was ready to progress in the competition. At bootcamp, Harry sang "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" before being rejected and ultimately placed into the randomly arranged boy band One Direction. He mentioned in his original audition he planned to study law, and, in a 2015 interview, again commented that he would've been a lawyer if music hadn't worked out. After placing third in X Factor, One Direction signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Music. They released their debut studio album, Up All Night in November 2011. One Direction released four more albums since then; Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four and Made in the A.M..
In 2014, Harry co-wrote songs with pop singer Meghan Trainor. He also wrote a song titled "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart", which was given to Ariana Grande for her album My Everything. Grande performed the song with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. In January 2016, Meghan Trainor stated the songs she wrote with Harry would not be appearing on her 2016 album and in April 2016, Trainor again denied on her official Twitter that a song she and Harry wrote was being released soon, despite reports.
2016 Hiatus/Further Career Developments
On January 26, 2016, it was announced Harry had signed with PR management team DawBell. On February 1 2016, his 22nd birthday, it was confirmed he had officially cut ties with Modest Management and would now be managed by longtime friend Jeff Azoff, son of music mogul Irving Azoff. Executives for Modest confirmed the split, stating "We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him. Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him."
On December 29 2015, a number of songs written by Harry were registered to copyright website ASCAP. The songs listed Harry as the performer of each track, leading media and fans alike to speculate whether this was evidence of a possible solo career. As of January 11 2016, Harry has been removed as performer on all but one track, and has since sold a song titled "Better Than Being Alone" to One Direction's On The Road Again Tour support act Augustana. On May 9 2016, details about a record label, Erskine Records Limited, that Harry allegedly started, surfaced online. On May 21, Harry's mother Anne retweeted a Billboard article discussing what the publication would like to see from Harry's solo music. On May 22, The Sun reported Harry was looking to move away from Simon Cowell's label Syco and may be planning a move to Capitol Records or Universal Music. On May 25, The Sun published a quote from OneRepublic lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder supposedly stating he would be featured on Harry's solo album. However, Tedder clarified the statement the following day on Twitter, stating "I am not "featured" on Harry styles album. We wrote a cpl tunes together, who knows where the universe takes em!". Tedder later tweeted there was no solo album he knew of. On May 27, it was confirmed a song called 'Little Boat', co-written by Harry, would appear on singer Ainsley Smart's upcoming album, however he was later removed from the writing credits.
On March 11, 2016, mainstream media outlets reported Harry had secured a role in Christopher Nolan's war film Dunkirk. While there was no official confirmation, Harry was eventually photographed in costume on set from May 2016 onward. His co-stars eventually spoke highly of his acting skills and Nolan extended Harry's role, giving him more dialogue and more camera time. Harry travelled to Holland in July to film on location, and is currently filming in Los Angeles. Production is set to conclude in September 2016. The film is slated for a July 21, 2017 premiere date.
Harry's parents are Anne Twist and Desmond Styles. Anne and Des are divorced, and Anne has since remarried to Robin Twist. Harry has one older sister, Gemma, who works as a journalist for The Debrief. He has several tattoos dedicated to various family members. His family owns a cat named Dusty and his sister recently became the owner of a cat named Olivia. Harry has three cousins, Matt, Ella and Ben Selley.
Harry dated Felicity Skinner for a year, when both were 15. In 2012, Skinner told media she had not contacted Harry since 2010. She described him as "a really good boyfriend, very romantic and, yes, shy." She said the relationship was long distance and their break up was a matter of drifting apart.
Harry allegedly dated Caroline Flack in 2011, when he was 17 and she was 32. Their relationship caused controversy because of their fifteen year age gap. They met in 2010 when Harry was a contestant on The X Factor, and Flack was co-host of companion show, The Xtra Factor. Romance rumors grew after October 16, 2011, when it was reported that Harry and Caroline were seen kissing at an X Factor after party. Rumors went unproven until December 2011, when Harry was photographed leaving her London home early in the morning.
Although neither ever confirmed they were together, in January 2012 Harry tweeted that the relationship had mutually ended. In May 2015, Flack said of the relationship: "I’m not going to ever apologise for it because there was nothing at the time that was serious or bad and nobody was getting hurt.”
Harry's most prolific relationship was with American singer Taylor Swift. They began dating in November 2012 and split in January 2013. Harry met Swift backstage during the Kids Choice Awards on March 31, 2012. The two appeared to begin dating in early November, after Taylor had ended her relationship with Connor Kennedy, and she was seen wearing a paper plane necklace similar to the one Harry often wore. The relationship was considered official after the pair were photographed holding hands together numerous times, both in New York where Taylor lives, and in Cheshire, Harry's hometown, during December 2012. They shared a New Year's Eve kiss in Times Square. They split roughly five days later, while on vacation, for unknown reasons. While neither have revealed the reason behind their split, Swift described the relationship as "full of anxiety" and "roadblocks".
Taylor's fifth album 1989 features two confirmed songs about Harry titled "Style" and "Out Of The Woods". Style was released as the third single from 1989, and became one of the best selling songs of 2015. The title references Harry's surname and Swift is seen holding a paper airplane necklace in the music video. Swift confirmed Out Of The Woods references a December 2012 snow mobile accident she and Harry were in where "my life flashed before my eyes". Harry was seen with bandages on his chin in the immediate aftermath. The referential lyrics are "Remember when you hit the breaks too soon, 20 stitches in the hospital room, when you started crying, baby, I did too". Certain lyrics also reference December and paper airplanes. On December 31, 2015, three years to the day they shared their only, and final, public kiss, Taylor premiered the music video for "Out Of The Woods". It featured title cards stating "She lost him, but she found herself and, somehow, that was everything". Swift liked fan posts via her official Tumblr, confirming the blue dress worn in the video is based on the blue dress she was wearing in a paparazzi photo taken on the day she split from Harry. Her "likes" also confirmed the necklace she rips off and throws down a cliff in the video is based on the paper airplane necklaces she and Harry wore.
In October 2015, One Direction released "Perfect", a song co-written by Harry and Louis, featuring the lyric "If you're looking for someone to write your break-up songs about, baby I'm perfect", which sparked worldwide media speculation of it being a reference to Swift, who is known to release songs about past relationships. Harry and Louis refused to explain the lyric, deeming it "up to personal interpretation".
On February 1, 2016, Harry tweeted the lyrics from Taylor's song '22' to celebrate his 22nd birthday.
While it is unconfirmed whether Harry and US reality tv star/model Kendall Jenner were ever an item, the pair have been seen out together numerous times since late 2013. In both January 2014 and December 2015, they vacationed together, along with Harry's parents and the Azoff family. Paparazzi pictures taken during their 2015 vacation appeared to show the two kissing. Harry told Piers Morgan during 1D Day in 2013, that they went out to dinner but was hesitant to say they dated. In January 2016, Kendall's sister Khloe Kardashian said she considered them a couple because she had seen them hanging out together so often, but was unsure whether they considered themselves an item. On January 30, 2016, The Sun reported Harry and Kendall had split and the two have not been seen together since Jeff Azoff's birthday party on January 25. In an August 2016 interview, Jenner stated she had not had a boyfriend for two years, seemingly confirming she never dated Styles.
In 2015, Ed Sheeran revealed Harry had told him he purposefully leaked a nude photo of himself during X Factor. Ed told a reporter "Did you know Harry leaked that picture himself? He leaked his own picture. I think that’s amazing.” As Harry is underage in the photograph, it is illegal to download or distribute the image anywhere.
As previously stated Harry's alleged 2011 relationship with Caroline Flack continues to cause considerable controversy because of the 15 year age gap between the two. Harry has never publicly spoken about the relationship while Flack continues to court publicity, publishing a book in 2015 where she talks about not regretting the relationship. Most fans believe it was a publicity stunt.
As of 2011, Harry has consistently been framed as a womanizer by the media. While most claims of his short relationships go unfounded and unconfirmed, he tends to be seen as a "lothario" figure by the general public. He has expressed discomfort with these assumptions and several of his bandmates have come to his defence stating he is not actually like that, particularly Zayn. In a 2013 interview with GQ, he was pushed to reveal how many sexual partners he had. Upon Harry revealing he had slept with two people, the interviewer stated they did not believe him. The harassment caused backlash from fans who did not appreciate reading Harry's discomfort. The One Direction fanbase often expresses discomfort with this image, taking to Twitter to publicly call out journalists who perpetuate the image or make jokes about it. In late 2015, Heat Magazine made a formal apology to Harry for running a story about his dating a model, stating the story was completely untrue.
Larry Stylinson (2011- present)
From 2011 onward, Harry and bandmate Louis have been subject to fevered speculation they were a couple, particularly when they announced they had made plans in 2010 to move in together once X Factor finished. They began renting a luxury apartment together in September 2011 just before their debut single was released. The pair told various interviewers in 2011 that they invented the combined name Larry Stylinson (Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles) themselves and Harry once told a teen magazine "Until I find the perfect girl, I have Louis". Their mothers often tweeted about how close the pair were, with Louis's mother once referring to Harry as Louis's husband. In October 2011, Louis tweeted "Always in my heart @HarryStyles. Yours sincerely, Louis". The tweet came shortly after Louis was confirmed to be dating Eleanor Calder and many believed it was a sign he and Harry had been forced to break up by management. Many boy bands in the past have had closeted gay members who were not allowed to reveal their sexuality for fear of alienating female fans. Louis's tweet is currently the second most retweeted of all time (with over 1 million retweets) and in February 2015 surpassed a tweet by US President Barack Obama, making worldwide headlines. In January 2016, the tweet reached 1.8 million retweets and on Valentines Day 2016, the tweet reached 2 million retweets. Neither Harry or Louis have ever spoken about the tweet or its meaning.
In 2011, Harry told an interviewer his "first real crush" was Louis and told a fan (while she recorded him on her phone) that he was dating Louis. It is unknown whether these statements were jokes or confirmations. Since then, Harry has never publicly addressed the status of his relationship to Louis.
In early 2012, rumors of Harry moving out of his house with Louis swirled and an interview was published where Louis stated fans speculating about their relationship had made them too uncomfortable to continue being friends. Many chose not to believe this as their friendship seemed largely unchanged despite their spending less time together in public. Over the next three years, several "denials" were issued by Louis. In late 2012, Louis tweeted "Larry is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard". From early 2013 to mid 2014, Harry and Louis were not seen together once outside of work commitments, leading many to believe they had in fact stopped being friends. In July 2014, however, Harry attended Louis's mother's wedding and was introduced to their extended family by the bride herself, indirectly confirming Harry was still evidently close to Louis.
In a 2014 interview with music video director Ben Winston, One Direction were asked to address any rumors they were sick of hearing. They initially said fake death rumors and did not choose any others. Winston pressed the issue but neither Harry or Louis addressed the relationship rumors, despite the amount of tweets and print interviews implying the rumors had affected them. Harry stated "There's some I actually like".
From 2012 to 2014, several tattoos Harry and Louis have gotten have been subject to speculation. While all the band members have matching tattoos, some of Harry and Louis's are known to be popular tattoos for couples. The tattoos are: ship/compass, rope/anchor, oops/hi (considered their first words to each other), heart/arrow and rose/dagger. Neither Harry or Louis have ever explained what these particular tattoos mean. The timing of certain tattoos has added to the controversy surrounding them. 19 hours after Harry got his ship tattoo in 2012, Louis went to the same artist and got his compass tattoo, which points to "home". A year after fans regularly speculated online that Louis would get a dagger tattoo to match Harry's forearm tattoo of a rose, Louis did in fact get the tattoo the exact same position on his forearm.
As of 2015, Harry and Louis's friendship appears unaffected by the rumors and they appear to still be good friends. In August, Harry attended Louis's sister's birthday party, along with Louis and Liam. During their November 2015 album promo, they often sat next to each other and told jokes together. Louis has said Zayn's departure from the band has brought the four remaining members much closer together. It is unknown if Harry and Louis have made contact in 2016. Both currently live in Los Angeles, after Louis relocated there before the birth of his son Freddie Tomlinson on January 21. On August 7 2016, both Harry and Louis were in attendance at Soho House in West Hollywood, where Harry was seen with former Beatle Ringo Starr.
In 2013, Harry accidentally liked a picture on Instagram of a man about to undress. The picture was designed to look like a video and the caption read "Double tap to see me strip". (An image tapped twice on Instagram becomes "liked".) The owner of the photo wrote "Hi @harrystyles :)" after noticing what had happened. It caused continued speculation about Harry's sexuality.
In July, Harry denied being in a relationship with BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw, after media speculated why they were spending so much time together. Upon being asked about it, Harry stated "‘Oh, really? I didn’t even know. We’re not dating, no. We’re just friends." The interviewer also asked if he was bisexual and Harry stated "Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. ‘I’m pretty sure I’m not." Grimshaw also denied in 2015 that he and Harry ever dated.
In December 2013, Harry won a court order against paparazzi, prohibiting them from loitering within 50 metres of his house, placing him under surveillance or pursuing him in vehicles.
In July, a pornographic image of a woman appeared in Harry's favorites on Twitter. The image was left there for over eight hours, leading some to believe management purposefully favorited the tweet themselves to get him into trouble with media and fans. When Harry realized the error, he deleted the tweet and favorited numerous pictures of puppies and kittens, before tweeting "Sooooo...the weather?".
During a 2014 concert, Harry danced with an inflatable hammer bearing the Israel flag and symbols, which many found offensive as Israel was conducting brutal attacks against Palestine at the time. Zayn spoke against these attacks on Twitter. On Instagram, Harry took down an image of himself wearing a Native American headdress after receiving accusations of racial appropriation, meaning trivializing sacred elements of culture and removing them from their proper context.
In November, an interviewer asked Harry and Liam what is important to them in a romantic partner. Liam said "Female, that's a good start". Harry responded "Not that important" and did not elaborate. Many fans and media outlets took this to be a possible coming out as gay or bisexual, though Harry has never spoken about it since (and previously denied being bisexual). His comment received worldwide global coverage for over a week and no denials or explanations were issued regarding the statement. Since then, Harry has shown support for the first openly gay US football player Michael Sam by wearing his jersey on stage, has flown rainbow flags on stage during concerts, worn rainbow bracelets and can be seen using a mug with a rainbow on it in the "Drag Me Down" music video.
In July, Harry told a US concert audience "Don't go to Sea World", referencing the animal cruelty accusations often aimed at the animal park. Sea World staff responded with a series of inflammatory tweets, including one saying One Direction had lost their only good singer when Zayn left. Media noted Sea World's reputation further plummeted as a result of Harry's comments and in November, the park announced they would be phasing out their famous Orca show.
In October, One Direction released a song called "Perfect", co-written by Harry and Louis, which featured the lyrics "If you're looking for someone to write your break-up songs about, baby I'm perfect". Many took this to be a reference or diss to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, who is known for writing songs about former relationships, and wrote about Harry on her 1989 album. Harry was asked numerous times to explain the lyric but remained vague saying it was down to personal interpretation. He also implied in November that he did not write that particular lyric.
TattoosAs of August 2016, Harry has 62 tattoos.
My Everything (Ariana Grande)
- "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" — writing
- "Night Changes" — writing
- "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" — writing
- "Stockholm Syndrome" — writing
- "Fool's Gold" — writing
- "Change Your Ticket" — writing
- "Perfect" — writing
- "If I Could Fly" — writing
- "Olivia" — writing
- "Walking in the Wind" — writing
- "A.M." — writing
Other (registered to ASCAP, as yet unreleased):
- "Already Home"
- "This Is The Start"
- "5378 Miles"
- "Long Time Ago"
- "Something I've Been Waiting For"
- "Wake Up The Sun"
- "Better Than Being Alone" (given to band Augustana)
- "Little Boat" (co-written with, and for, Ainsley Smart)
- "Don't Let Go"
- "It's not about being who you were. It's about keeping who you were part of who you are now." (Interview with Nightline)
- “I have a lot of friends and some of them are girls - and apparently I'm dating all of them" (On his numerous rumoured romances, 60 Minutes Australia interview)
- "We feel like that objectifies women and that's not really what we're about" (On whether the band has "dibs" on which girls they choose to sleep with, 2013)
- “I’m 100 percent in this band. I still want to be touring with One Direction in ten years. I’ll be doing it until I’m old and people are telling me to stop.” (He said in response to rumors that he would be the first to desert the band last summer.)
- “Some of [the rumors] are funny. Some of them are ridiculous. Some of them are annoying. I don’t want to be one of those people that complains about the rumours. I never like it when a celebrity goes on Twitter and says, ‘This isn’t true!’ It is what it is; I tend not to do that." (He said in an interview with GQ U.K. in 2013.)
- "It costs nothing to be nice" (Quote featured in 365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio)
- "That's not a game" (On whether he has "game" when it comes to women, 2013)
- "You don't want someone like that. I'm serious. Pick someone who's supportive." (When a fan told him she was dumped by her boyfriend for attending their concert, 2014).
- "I feel like when people label people as famous they take away a lot of the substance that they have as a person. So you don't remember if they were funny or they were really nice and giving, they're just famous. After that, any choice you make, if it's not as famous or more, it's considered a failure. And that's a shame because it's not a failure always" (SPIN 1038 Interview, 2013)
- "I don't even know if I wrote that line" (On the "break up songs" lyric from Perfect. GMA, 2015)
- "Olivia is whoever you want her to be. It's open to interpretation. I think it's how people take songs in different ways and that's what's fun. Who am I to tell someone what a song means to them? It doesn't always necessarily mean the same thing to them as it means to me." (On the song Olivia)
- He has four nipples.
- He had blonde hair when he was a baby.
- He worked in a bakery before auditioning for The X Factor (UK).
- He supported the HeForShe campaign in 2014.
- He trains in boxing.
- He is close to One Direction stylist Lou Teasdale and her young daughter, Lux.
- Harry is 5'11 feet tall.
- He is a Manchester United and Green Bay Packers fan.
- His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
- He is friends with a number of celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, Irving Azoff, Cara Delevingne, Nick Grimshaw, Alexa Chung, Cindy Crawford and Mick Jagger.
- Harry has shown interest in Judaism and Jewish culture. He has tweeted about Jewish holidays. Ben Winston gave Harry a kippah (also known as a yarmulke) as a birthday present in 2013. Harry's exact religious beliefs are unknown.
- On May 6, 2016, Harry revealed on Instagram that he had cut his hair for the first time in three years, and donated it to TheLittlePrincessTrust, a charity designed to help children with cancer. The haircut made world headlines.
- ↑ Harry Styles to be best man at mom Anne Cox's wedding. Sugarscape.com.
- ↑ Holmes Chapel X Factor star Harry Styles can win show say school bandmates. Crewe Chronicle. October 12, 2010.
- ↑ Ariana Grande Loves The Song Harry Styles Wrote For Her
- ↑ Harry Styles Splits With Modest
- ↑ Ryan Tedder Clarification 2016
- ↑ Harry Styles Wins Film Role
- ↑ Felicity Skinner
- ↑ @Harry_Styles. Twitter. Announcing end of Caroline relationship. January 26, 2012.
- ↑ Caroline Flack May 2015 Interview
- ↑ Harry denial
- ↑ Zayn defends Harry
- ↑ GQ interview
- ↑ Harry about Louis
- ↑ Harry quote
- ↑ Jay's Tweet
- ↑ AIMH Tweet
- ↑ The Cost Of The Closet
- ↑ Louis Tweet Surpasses Obama
- ↑ Louis Interview
- ↑ Tweet
- ↑ Louis's compass tattoo
- ↑ Louis Dagger Tattoo
- ↑ Harry and Grimmy denial
- ↑ Harry Styles wins court order against paparazzi
- ↑ Harry "Not That Important"
- ↑ New songs
- ↑ 12newsnow.com