Harry Styles’ first solo album is out, and people are freaking out over it (including a few of us here at Women’s Heath).
Naturally, to promote his music, Harry is opening up about making his new album, what it’s like to be Harry Styles—and his sexuality. We’re all ears, dude.
In a new interview with The Sun, Harry says he found it “really therapeutic” to write songs on the album, which is simply called Harry Styles. “Sitting at an instrument, you allow yourself to be vulnerable in a different way to speaking to anyone, even if you know them really well,” he says. “I found it to be therapy—things that I’d either not thought about for a long time or hadn’t processed really because things had been moving so fast. I wanted to put out a piece of me that I haven’t put out before.”
Harry says it’s “really hard” to go from doing a show in front of thousands of people to suddenly being in your hotel room alone. “After five years of doing that, I learned a lot about myself,” he says. “With this album, rather than just go in and tell the story about what happened, I got to think about how it actually made me feel at the time.” (Spice up your sex life with this organic lube from the Women’s Health Boutique)
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Harry says that writing the album was a good way for him to say share his feelings without blatantly saying something ticked him off, adding, “But I also wanted it to be fun to listen to. I didn’t want it to make me depressed.”
When The Sun asked Harry about his sexuality, he said this: “It’s weird for me—everyone should just be who they want to be. It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.” He also said he’s never labeled his sexuality, adding, “I’ve never felt the need to really…I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.” (BTW: He says he won’t talk about famous women that he’s dated, either.)
However, he says he’s not on Tinder and tries “not to overthink too much” about dating. “The rollercoaster affects different people in different ways,” he says. “One of the ways that helps me dealing with that is compartmentalizing between working. All that stuff for me, is just a different thing.”
As for his past high-profile relationships, he says, “you just learn. It’s part of growing up. When we started I was 16. I’ve kind of learned what makes me feel uncomfortable. That stuff to me doesn’t feel like anything I’ve had to explain,” he says.
He’s been spotted hanging out with exes Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner post-breakup, and while Harry didn’t address that directly, he did have this to say: “Everyone should be friends, right?”
Harry’s new album is out now.