Harry Styles has long-avoided using words like “heterosexual” to describe himself and has remained coy when it comes to talking about his sexuality.
In 2017, he told the Sun he didn’t like labeling himself, saying, “It’s weird for me. Everyone should just be who they want to be.”
And in 2018, he released the song “Medicine” that sparked bisexual rumors with lyrics about “messing around” with “boys and girls.”
Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Styles is finally setting the record straight (pun intended) on all that non-heterosexual, possibly bisexual stuff.
When asked about what’s up with him singing about hooking up with guys and girls, waving rainbow flags on stage, and saying stuff like “We’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?” to entire stadiums of fans, Styles explained his motivations.
“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” he said. “Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing that you’re not alone.”
He continued, “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.”
And maybe pander to the gays just a little bit.
Styles added, “It’s not about me trying to champion the cause, because I’m not the person to do that. It’s just about not ignoring it, I guess.”
“Everyone in that room is on the same page and everyone knows what I stand for. I’m not saying I understand how it feels. I’m just trying to say, ‘I see you.’”