Why Does Everybody Love Harry Styles?

By Kayleigh Cook

Twenty-six-year-old singer-songwriter Harry Edward Styles entered the music scene 10 years ago, and since then has been the person most moms, sisters, and maybe even ELA teachers keep gushing about. But, It’s not for no reason. Harry Styles is a good-natured person who makes stellar, enjoyable music.

Harry Styles was born February 1, 1994, in Redditch, England, to landlady Anne Twist and finance worker Desmond “Des” Styles. At only 16, Styles went on the TV show X-Factor UK and sang Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister.” Simon Cowell, one of the judges, wasn’t too impressed, but gave Styles a second chance and asked him to sing acapella. Styles made the quick decision to belt out Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” The audition went well, obviously, and he was paired with four other European teens  (Nial Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik) to form one of the best-selling boy bands, One Direction. Sadly, One Direction went on an indefinite hiatus in January 2016, but Harry Styles still continued down the yellow brick road of fame.

Though he is most known for his compelling music, Styles is also known for his fearless experimentation with clothing and fashion. In December 2020, Styles was displayed on the front page of Vogue magazine rocking a black Gucci jacket and blue dress. This moment makes Harry the first ever solo man on Vogue cover in all of the magazine’s 127-year history. 

 “When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play,” Styles told Vogue. That’s not where it stops. On Halloween, 2021, Styles and his band appeared on stage in matching Wizard of Oz costumes with Harry, of course, as Dorothy. His costume featured bright red stockings, a gingham blue dress, a matching bow, and an extravagant makeup look. It is also very common for him to wear skirts or other traditionally “feminine” clothes. Many people dislike his “new sense of style” because they believe his gender-bending attire is just for attention, but Styles diminished their claims by saying, “I’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. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”

From Taylor Swift to Kendall Jenner and even rumored love affairs with a One Direction member, Harry Styles has had a wide variety of past lovers. More recently, he ended his more-than-two-year relationship with director/actress Olivia Wilde. They met in 2020 and their relationship was revealed when they were spotted holding hands at Harry’s manager’s wedding. But, after their relationship ended, many fans speculated that it was due to an on-set romance with his Don’t Worry Darling co-star, Florence Pugh. Pugh and Styles’ relationship was never confirmed and might’ve never even happened, but it is fun to speculate. Another rumored love story that recently resurfaced, is Larry. For those of you who don’t know what Larry is, Larry is the ship name for Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, one of his old bandmates. Harry was close with a lot of his bandmates, but he was the closest with Tomlinson, which led many people to believe they were dating. This supposed love affair was brought back up when Styles dressed up as Danny Zuko, a character from Tomlinson’s favorite movie, and switched the lyrics to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by saying “Lou” instead of “you.” (Clip here) Again, this is just gossip.

For over a decade, Styles has had to deal with most of his personal life shared around the world, crazy fans, and even crazier haters. One example of this is in January of 2014, Styles offered a churlish cameraman a burger even though he was invading his space and privacy after leaving a coffee shop. TMZ didn’t reciprocate the love though, and titled the video, “Hungry?? Eat my Meat.” (Click here for the video) Even when they don’t return it, Styles still treats those around him with profuse amounts of kindness and there are hundreds of clips online of him doing so. Whether it’s waving hi to his fans in a sushi restaurant or tipping the waitress $2020, Styles has always found ways to show his appreciation.

Styles started making independent music only five years ago with “Sign of the Times” being his first single. This song currently has over 1 billion streams on Spotify, as do many Harry Styles songs, and set him apart from the ‘plastic pop’ of his past. However, even in his boy band era, Styles’ music still conquered streaming services. In fact, almost all the songs on One Direction’s Spotify popular page are songs predominantly written by Styles. “Perfect” has 615 million streams, “Night Changes” has 793 million streams, and “Story of My Life” has a grand total of 883,005,178 streams. Being popular on Spotify doesn’t mean he’s the new prince of pop that Rolling Stone says he is, but it proves a large sum of people enjoy and listen to his music. 

Last summer, he became the third artist ever to play 15 consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City –- from August 20 to September 15 — when he performed Love On Tour. Originally, there were only two nights, but these events quickly sold out, and 13 more shows were added. Fans were allowed to bring flags, signs, and even banners per the request of Styles, despite the fact that MSG doesn’t really allow it. Some fans even dressed up as Styles himself or as lyrics from some of the songs he’d be performing. 

Ever since he stepped on the X-Factor stage in 2010, Harry Styles has shared his kind heart with the world, and when he eventually put out his own music, he proved his stellar singing and songwriting skills. In the words of Styles, himself, “Be a lover. Give love. Choose love. Love everyone, always.”

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