Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, iced coffee and extravagant guitar solos: all of these elements are referenced in Rolling Stone’s new profile of Harry Styles, and they are also things I have fucked with heavily. In fact, the only difference between myself and Styles is the fact he’s an internationally beloved rock star, but I think we can all look past that.
Speaking to the mag ahead of his second solo record, the 25-year-old king shared perspectives on sexuality, how life has changed in the years since One Direction dissolved, and his dalliances with psychedelics.
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Harry Styles talks to Rob Sheffield about his new music, his sexuality, showing support for Black Lives Matter and more in our new cover story. “I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” he says. “I’m aware that as a white male, I don’t go through the same things as a lot of the people that come to the shows." Head to the link in our bio to read more. Photograph by @ryanmcginleystudios
Regarding the gay pride flags he has waved at concerts, and the apparent admission on 2017’s track Medicine that he is, in fact, bisexual, Styles said “I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be.”
After acknowledging his place as an insanely wealthy white dude, he added “I don’t go through the same things as a lot of the people that come to the shows. I can’t claim that I know what it’s like, because I don’t. So I’m not trying to say, ‘I understand what it’s like.’ I’m just trying to make people feel included and seen.”
The piece feels like a post-1D moodboard: references to Norwegian Wood and transcendental meditation about, along with hat-tips to Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, and even BROCKHAMPTON and Lil Nas X, who have both dominated a space once inhabited by the British boy band.
As for the psychedelia:
He points to a corner: “This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth. So many fond memories, this place.”
I don’t know about you, but that seems metal as fuck, and I’m now holding out for a Black Sabbath vibe on the new LP.
Putting that aside, if you feel like floating around Styles’ blessed and wildly glamorous life for a little while, you can peep the full piece here.
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