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Harry Styles
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Full name

Harry Edward Styles

Born

February 1, 1994 (age 23)

Hometown

Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
England, United Kingdom

Nickname

Hazza, Harold, H

Resides

London, England and Los Angeles, California

Family

Des Styles, Father
Anne Twist, Mother
Robin Twist, Step-Father
Gemma Styles, Sister

Romances

Taylor Swift (ex-girlfriend)
Caroline Flack (ex-girlfriend)
Felicity Skinner (ex-girlfriend)

Affiliations

Syco Music
Columbia Records
Erskine Records

Harry Edward Styles (born February 1, 1994) is a member of One Direction along with Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan. He is the youngest member of the group. He is currently signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist, but remains a member of One Direction.

Harry released his debut solo single "Sign Of The Times" on April 7, 2017. His self-titled debut album "Harry Styles" was released on May 12, 2017.

  

Early Life

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Harry Styles was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England to Des Styles and Anne Cox. [1] 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. Harry mentioned in his 2010 X Factor audition that he planned to study law, and, in a 2015 interview, again commented that he would've studied to be a lawyer, if music hadn't worked out. In a 2016 feature article for AnOther Man Magazine, Harry's sister Gemma revealed he also considered a career in physiotherapy.

Musical Career

Early Beginnings

Harry was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo with members Hayden Morris (lead guitarist), Nick Clough (bass guitarist), and Will Sweeny (drummer).[2] They competed in a local Battle of the Bands competition and won. This helped Harry realise his passion for performing.

The X Factor

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In 2010, when he was sixteen years old, Harry auditioned for the seventh season of The 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 eliminated as a solo artist then placed into One Direction. After placing third in the competition, One Direction signed a recording contract with Simon Cowell's Sony Music subsidiary label, Syco Music. The band released five best-selling albums over the next five years; Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four and Made in the A.M..

Songwriting

In a May 2016 interview, Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid revealed he'd written many songs with Harry over the years[3]. In 2014, Harry co-wrote numerous unreleased songs with pop singer Meghan Trainor[4] and rock band Kodaline[5]. Harry also wrote a song titled "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart", which was given to American singer Ariana Grande, for her album My Everything[6]. Grande performed the song with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. In 2016, one of the songs Harry wrote with Trainor was given to jazz singer Michael Bublè, for his album Nobody But Me.

Solo Career

In January 2016, Harry signed with public relations management team DawBell. On February 1 2016, his 22nd birthday, it was confirmed he had officially cut ties with Modest Management and would be managed by longtime friend Jeff Azoff[7], son of music mogul Irving Azoff.

Harry began working on his debut solo album in February 2016. He halted production temporarily after winning a lead role in Christopher Nolan's 2017 war film Dunkirk. Album production restarted in July 2016, before concluding in December 2016. On February 9 2017, Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer confirmed Harry's imminent album release: "We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it’s not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay. Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic"[8]. On March 25, 2017, a television advert featuring Harry exiting a dark room aired in the UK, announcing an April 7 premiere date[9]. On April 7, 2017, Harry's debut single "Sign Of The Times" was released. It was a critical and commercial success. Harry appeared as the musical guest on US variety show Saturday Night Live on April 15, 2017. He also appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden for one consecutive week in May, where he contributed to skits, performed songs from his album live, and participated in his first solo Carpool Karaoke. Harry released his debut album "Harry Styles" worldwide on May 12, 2017. It was a global success, debuting at #1 in many countries. On April 28, 2017, Harry announced a world tour, commencing in September and concluding in December 2017. He later announced a larger arena tour would commence in April 2018. Dunkirk premiered on July 21, 2017. The film was a box office success and Harry received positive reviews for his role. For more detailed information, visit the Dunkirk page.

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Harry's three Another Man covers. Released September 29, 2016.

On September 26, 2016, Harry revealed via Instagram three different special edition cover shoots for issue 23 of AnOther Man Magazine, an upscale men's fashion magazine. His issue featured exclusive interviews and an article written by his sister, Gemma. Harry also appeared on both the covers of Rolling Stone and Sunday Times Magazine in April 2017.

Personal Life

Family

Harry's parents are Anne Twist and Desmond Styles. Anne and Des are divorced, and Anne remarried to Robin Twist. Harry has one older sister, Gemma, who works as a freelance journalist. Harry 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. In June 2017, Robin Twist passed away after a battle with cancer, aged 57.

Relationships

Felicity Skinner

Harry dated Felicity Skinner for a year, when both were 15 years old. 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.[10]

Caroline Flack

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 confirmed they were together, in January 2012 Harry tweeted that the relationship had mutually ended.[11] 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.”[12]

Taylor Swift

Harry dated American singer Taylor Swift from November 2012 to January 2013. After Taylor ended her relationship with Connor Kennedy in October 2012, she was photographed the following month wearing a paper plane necklace, similar to the one Harry wore at the time. The pair were then photographed holding hands together numerous times, both in New York where Taylor lives, and in Cheshire, Harry's hometown, throughout December 2012. They shared a New Year's Eve kiss in New York City's Times Square. They split five days later, while on vacation, for unknown reasons. Neither have revealed the reason behind their split, though Swift has since described the relationship as "fragile" and full of "anxiety and roadblocks". Swift's fifth album 1989 features two songs confirmed to be about Harry: "Style" and "Out Of The Woods". Style was released as the third official single from 1989, and became one of the best selling songs of 2015. The title references Harry's surname and Swift holds 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 her "life flashed before [my] eyes". Harry was photographed with bandages on his chin in the immediate aftermath. 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 speculation of it being a reference to Swift, who is known for writing songs detailing her past relationships.

On 18 April 2017, in a Rolling Stone interview, Harry addressed his relationship with Swift for the first time since their split. When asked to comment, Styles stated: "I don't know if [Style and Out Of The Woods] are about me or not, but the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere. I write from my experiences; everyone does that. I'm lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That's what hits your heart. That's the stuff that's hardest to say, and it's the stuff I talk least about. She doesn't need me to tell her the [songs] are great. It's the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever. Certain things don't work out. There's a lot of things that can be right, and it's still wrong. In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You're celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad.' And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk ... but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best shit ever[7]".

Controversies

2010

In 2015, British singer Ed Sheeran revealed Harry had told him he purposefully leaked a nude photo of himself during his time on The X Factor. Ed told a reporter "Did you know Harry leaked that nude 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.

2011

Harry's alleged 2011 relationship with Caroline Flack caused considerable controversy because of the 15 year age gap between the two. Harry has never publicly spoken about the relationship while Flack courted minor publicity after releasing a book.

As of 2011, Harry has consistently been framed as a womanizer by the media. While claims of short relationships have gone unfounded and unconfirmed, Styles is seen as a "lothario" figure by the general public. He has expressed discomfort with this assumption[13] and Zayn once came to his defence in an interview[14]. In a 2013 interview with GQ, Harry 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[15]. The magazine criticised fans in response.  

Larry Stylinson (2011- 2017)

From 2011 onward, Harry and bandmate Louis have been the subject of a conspiracy theory suggesting they are a closeted couple, particularly after announcing they had made plans in 2010 to move in together after The X Factor[16]. They began renting an apartment together in September 2011, just before the band's debut single was released. The pair told media in 2011 they'd invented the combined name Larry Stylinson (Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles) themselves, and Harry told a magazine: "Until I find the perfect girl, I have Louis"[17]. Their mothers often tweeted about how close the pair were, with Louis's mother once referring to Harry as Louis's husband[18]. In October 2011, Louis tweeted "Always in my heart @HarryStyles. Yours sincerely, Louis".[19] The tweet came shortly after Louis was confirmed to be dating Eleanor Calder. Many believed it signified he and Harry had been forcibly closeted. Past boy bands have had closeted gay members who hid their sexuality, for fear of angering heterosexual female fans[20]. Louis's tweet to Harry is currently the third most retweeted of all time (with over 2 million retweets). In February 2015, it surpassed a tweet by former US President Barack Obama, sparking worldwide headlines[21]. Neither Harry or Louis have ever addressed the tweet.

In 2011, Harry told an interviewer his "first real crush" was Louis Tomlinson and told a fan (while she recorded him on her phone) "yep" when she asked if he was dating Louis. It is unknown whether these statements were jokes or confirmations. Since then, Harry has never publicly addressed the definition or status of his relationship with Louis.

In early 2012, rumors of Harry moving out of his house with Louis circulated. Louis reportedly stated fans speculating about their relationship had made them too uncomfortable to continue being friends[22]. 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"[23] in response to a fan who refused to believe Louis's relationship with Eleanor was real. From early 2013 to mid 2014, Harry and Louis were not seen together 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, along with Niall and Liam.

From 2012 to 2017, several tattoos of Harry and Louis's have been subject to speculation. While all band members have matching tattoos, some of Harry and Louis's are considered complementary, and are often popular tattoos for couples. The tattoos are: ship/compass, rope/anchor, heart/arrow and rose/dagger. Harry and Louis have explained that some of these tattoos carry no apparent meaning. 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"[24]. 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 a dagger tattoo in the exact same position on his forearm.[25]

As of 2017, Harry and Louis's friendship appears unaffected by ongoing rumors. In August 2015, Harry attended Louis's sister Lottie's birthday party, along with Louis and Liam. During One Direction's November 2015 album promo, they often sat next to each other and shared jokes together. Louis stated Zayn's departure from the band brought the four remaining members much closer together. It is unknown if Harry and Louis made contact throughout 2016, however Harry was in attendance for Louis's first solo performance on The X Factor, on December 10, 2016. Louis wished Harry a happy birthday on Twitter on February 1, 2017, his first online interaction toward Harry in four years. In May 2017, Harry was asked during an interview to clarify if his solo single Sweet Creature was about Louis. Harry stated: "People are always going to speculate what songs are about. I don't think I’d ever want to tell someone that they're wrong for feeling how they feel about a song, even when they're not necessarily right. The fun thing with music is you get to write a song that has all you want to say on it and you don’t necessarily have to explain it much further than that. If you really listen to the lyrics, you can work out whether its about that or not, and I would lean towards no[26]". In June 2017, Louis expressed his condolences to Harry and his family on Twitter, after Harry's stepfather lost his battle with cancer. Throughout his Back To You promotional campaign, Louis stated numerous times that he was proud of Harry's successful venture into acting.

On 12 May 2017, Harry was asked to clarify his sexuality by The Sun reporter Dan Wooton. Harry stated: "I’ve never felt the need to [label my sexuality], really. I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”

On July 22, 2017, Louis spoke at length about the conspiracy, stating: "It's a funny thing. People can believe what they want to believe but I think it comes across sometimes a little bit disrespectful to the ones that I love, like Eleanor. It's one of these things that people just love to buy into but, in reality, obviously, there's no truth to it. Obviously. When it first came around I was with Eleanor, and it actually felt a little bit disrespectful. I’m so protective over things like that, about the people I love. So it created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking into everything we did. It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable. I think it shows that it was never anything real, if I can use that word."

2013

In 2013, Harry 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."[27] 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.[28]

2014

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 generate controversy. 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[29]. 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. 

2015

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 late 2015, Heat Magazine made a formal apology for running a story about Styles dating a model, stating the story had been completely fabricated.

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. 

In late 2015, Heat Magazine made a formal apology for running a story about Styles dating a model, stating the story had been completely fabricated. 

Tattoos

As of April 2017, Harry has 61 known tattoos.

Writing Credits

Up All Night

Take Me Home

Midnight Memories

My Everything (Ariana Grande)

Four

Made in the A.M.

Harry Styles (album)

  • "Meet Me In The Hallway" - writing
  • Sign Of The Times" - writing
  • "Carolina" - writing
  • "Two Ghosts" - writing
  • "Sweet Creature" - writing
  • "Only Angel" - writing
  • "Kiwi" - writing
  • "Ever Since New York" - writing
  • "Woman" - writing
  • "From The Dining Table" - writing

Others :

  • "Better Than Being Alone" (given to band Augustana)
  • "Little Boat" (co-written with, and for, Ainsley Smart)
  • "Just A Litte Bit Of Your Heart" (given to Ariana Grande)
  • "I Love You" (given to Alex & Sierra)
  • Someday (given to Michael Buble, co-written with Meghan Trainor)

Quotes

  • "It's not about being who you were. It's about keeping who you were part of who you are now." (Interview with Nightline)[30]
  • "We feel like that objectifies women and that's not really what we're about" (On whether the band has "dibs" on girls, in 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.” (This Is Us)
  • "It costs nothing to be nice" (Quote featured in 365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio)
  • "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)
  • "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")
  • "I just love the imperfections of vinyl. The scratches and crackles - you don't get that from anything else. It has a warmth to it. I think my favourite album cover is the Plastic Ono Band's 'Live Peace In Toronto 1969'. It's so simple. It's perfect." (AnOther Man, September 2016)
  • "Playing big venues when you just see a sea of people, that view...you stop for a second and wish you could bring all your friends to just stand there with you for a second to see it. It's unlike anything else. There's no drug you can take that give you that same high. It's pretty amazing that it's a natural thing."(On performing live)
  • "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." (Rolling Stone, April 2017)
  • "I’m not educated enough on the subject to really go toe-to-toe with someone about it, but disregarding the economic stuff, I think what it symbolises is the opposite of the world I would like to be in. I think the world should be more about being together and being better together and joining together, and I think it’s the opposite of that." (On the Brexit)

Trivia

  • He had blonde hair as an infant.
  • His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • He is 5"11 feet tall.
  • He has four nipples. All four can be seen in the Kiss You music video.
  • In 2014, he supported the HeForShe equal rights campaign.
  • He is a Manchester United and Green Bay Packers fan.
  • Harry has shown interest in Judaism and Jewish culture. He has tweeted acknowledgement of Jewish holidays. Ben Winston gave Harry a kippah (also known as a yarmulke) as a birthday present in 2013. Harry referred to himself as spiritual, rather than religious, in his 2016 AnOther Man interview.
  • He has matching tattoos with Ed Sheeran and Kings of Leon singer Nathan Followill.
  • On July 5 2016, Harry was a guest for Professor Robert Winston, Ben Winston's father, at the House Of Lords, to hear the debate about the impact of the Brexit.
  • He had the second most retweeted tweet of 2016.
  • Michael Buble's 2016 song "Someday" was co-written by Harry, and Meghan Trainor. 
  • He owns four companies: HSA Publishing Limited, Fridous Limited, Erskine Records Limited, and Erskine Touring Company LLP. 

External Links

References

7. Harry Styles Height - How Tall. allheight.com

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