Harry Styles says "teenage girls keep the world going"
The singer talks about his fans and finally addresses his former relationship with Taylor Swift
Days after premiering his new song Ever Since New York on Saturday Night Live, British heartthrob Harry Styles gave the world a very enlightening glimpse into his life and personality in a recent interview with the Rolling Stone.
Here are six things we learned about the 23-year-old who had turned out to be a bit of an old soul.
1. He's not bitter about his relationship with Taylor Swift
"When I see photos from that day," Harry said about their walk in Central Park in 2012. "I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier."
"I mean, you're a little bit awkward to begin with. You're on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it – I just wanted it to be a normal date."
2. He wants to thank her instead
"I don't know. Certain things don't work out," Harry said on what he'd like to tell Taylor. "There's a lot of things that can be right, and it's still wrong. In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You're celebrating the fact that it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad.' And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk... but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best shit ever. So thank you."
3. He wishes the best for Zayn Malik in his career
"I think it's a shame he felt that way," he said about Zayn's snide comments about One Direction's music. "But I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love. If you're not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that. I'm glad he's doing what he likes, and good luck to him."
4. He's not interested in playing the role of a 'tortured artist'
"People romanticise places they can't get to themselves. That's why it's fascinating when people go dark – when Van Gogh cuts off his ear. You romanticise those people, sometimes out of proportion. It's the same with music. You want a piece of that darkness, to feel their pain but also to step back into your own [safer] life."
"I can't say I had that. I had a really nice upbringing. I feel very lucky. I had a great family and always felt loved. There's nothing worse than an inauthentic tortured person. 'They took my allowance away, so I did heroin.' It's like – that's not how it works. I don't even remember what the question was."
5. His music won't be like anything you're familiar with
"A lot of my influences, and the stuff that I love, is older. So the thing I didn't want to do was, I didn't want to put out my first album and be like, 'He's tried to re-create the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties'. Loads of amazing music was written then, but I'm not saying I wish I lived back then. I wanted to do something that sounds like me. I just keep pushing forward."
6. He thinks his teenage fanbase is cool
"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
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