Harry Styles is opening up about his sexuality.
In a new interview published on Sunday, the “Sign of the Times” singer said that he’s “never felt the need to” define his own sexual orientation.
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself,” he told The Sun.
When asked to weigh in about sexuality in pop music and Miley Cyrus coming out as pansexual several years ago, Styles, 23, said, “Being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive. People doing stuff like that is great.”
He added: “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.” In 2013, Styles shot down rumors that he was bisexual in an interview with British GQ.
Styles, who is rumored to be dating London-based chef and food blogger Tess Ward, was tight-lipped when it came to sharing details about his current love life (except he admits that he’s not on Tinder).
“I try not to overthink too much. I don’t really talk about it I guess. The rollercoaster affects different people in different ways. One of the ways that helps me dealing with that is compartmentalizing between working,” he shared. “All that stuff for me, is just a different thing.”
“You just learn,” he said about whether he feels burned from his past high-profile relationships. “It’s part of growing up.”
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Styles has a lot to celebrate after the release of his highly anticipated self-titled debut solo album on Friday, but he remembers avoiding the party scene as he first shot to fame as a member of One Direction.
“On the first couple of tours it was so exciting as we’d have a drink and go to parties,” he said. “But for me, the albums got higher so they become harder to sing so I knew if I didn’t come off stage and go to bed I wouldn’t be able to sing the next night. Also, it’s just not for me. I’d rather wake up with a clear head. I’m not straight edge or anything. I’ll celebrate and hang out with friends when it’s the right time.”
“It’s something I would never rule out doing,” he said. “Right now everyone’s getting a chance to explore things they want to try and it’s really cool to see what they’re coming up with when it’s just them in a studio writing.”