Harry Styles has a new album out and along with it comes many, many interviews featuring many, many questions about his storied personal life.
While the former One Direction heartthrob, who just released his first solo album, the self-titled “Harry Styles,” doesn’t appear to want to chat about his former girlfriends (including Taylor Swift), he did recently offer his thoughts about Miley Cyrus identifying as pansexual and his own sexuality.
In an interview with The Sun’s Dan Wootton, Styles celebrated Cyrus’ openness about her sexuality.
“Being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive,” he said. “People doing stuff like that is great.”
He added: “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.”
As far as his own sexuality is concerned, Styles says he’s “never felt the need” to use a label.
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself,” he told Wootton, before taking the stage in North London at his first-ever solo show.
This news probably won’t surprise diehard fans, some of whom believed he was in a secret relationship with band mate Louis Tomlinson and others who have been trying to pin down his exact sexuality for years.
In 2013, the 23-year-old singer addressed rumors that he was dating TV and radio host Nick Grimshaw in an interview with British GQ.
When asked point-blank if he identified as bisexual, Styles told the magazine, “Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I’m not.”
A year later Styles faced more rumors after appearing on “On Demand Entertainment” with band mate Liam Payne. When the pair was asked about their favorite traits in a woman, Payne responded, “Female, that’s a good trait.” Styles shot back, “Not that important” ― which, predictably, sent the internet into hysterics.
Regardless of how Styles does or doesn’t identify, his approach is as trendy as ever. A recent YouGov survey found 43 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 viewed themselves as something other than completely straight. What’s more, the poll found that “people of all generations now accept the idea that sexual orientation exists along a continuum rather than a binary choice,” with 60 percent of heterosexuals and 73 percent of gay people supporting this idea.