Harry Styles is breaking down how he feels about questions surrounding his sexuality.
The singer and former One Direction member, 25, has increasingly been the subject of fan speculation regarding his sexual orientation.
“It’s not like I’m sitting on an answer, and protecting it, and holding it back,” he said. “It’s not a case of: I’m not telling you cause I don’t want to tell you. It’s not: ooh this is mine and it’s not yours.”
He continued, “It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?”
The interviewer then brought up the album sleeve for Styles’ latest album, “Fine Line,” the colors of which have been taken as a hint towards his sexuality by some fans.
“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No,” Styles insisted. “In terms of how I wanna dress, and what the album sleeve’s gonna be, I tend to make decisions in terms of collaborators I want to work with. I want things to look a certain way. Not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool.”
He continued, “And more than that, I dunno, I just think sexuality’s something that’s fun. Honestly? I can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that.”
Rumors about celebrities’ sexual orientations, gay or straight, are hardly new: everyone from Rock Hudson to Dolly Parton to John Travolta have had their sexuality questioned.
Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project, explains why assumptions and speculation about sexuality can be problematic. “Coming out is a process and it’s unique for everyone, and some people might even decide to not come out to more folks after thinking about it, and that’s totally fine if they aren’t ready.” The Trevor Project is a national organization geared toward crisis and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth.
Contributing: David Oliver
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