Harry Styles Wants to Know Why You Need to Ask If He’s Bisexual

"Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting?"

Harry Styles doesn’t mind if you ask about his sexuality. He just may not answer.

The British heartthrob opens up about bisexual rumors and his androgynous style in a new interview with The Guardian.

The article notes that while Styles was seeking inspiration for his new album, Fine Line, close friend Tom Hull told him, “’Just date amazing women, or men, or whatever, who are going to fuck you up… Let it affect you and write songs about it.'” Styles also reveals that he dates “normals” and “has a private life” fans don’t know about.

“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that,” Styles explains of his genderfluid fashion choices. “If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though.’ I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”

“A part of it was having, like, a big moment of self-reflection. And self-acceptance,” Styles explains. “I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time. I think people are asking, ‘Why not?’ a lot more. Which excites me. It’s not just clothes where lines have been blurred, it’s going across so many things. I think you can relate it to music, and how genres are blurring…”

It’s here the interviewer brings up sexuality, pivoting the conversation to those persistent bisexual rumors and whether Styles has ever been asked directly about his sexual orientation. “Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why?” Styles says, questioning why someone would ask the question.

“It’s not like I’m sitting on an answer, and protecting it, and holding it back. It’s not a case of: I’m not telling you cos I don’t want to tell you. It’s not: ooh this is mine and it’s not yours,” he continues. “It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?

The interviewer then asks Styles about what some fans have perceived as him dropping hints or clues about his sexual orientation, from his outfits to the Fine Line album sleeve design, which appears to reference the trans and bisexual Pride flags.

“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No,” Styles says, adding, “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. 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.”

“What I would say, about the whole being-asked-about-my-sexuality thing—this is a job where you might get asked,” Styles concludes. “And to complain about it, to say you hate it, and still do the job, that’s just silly. You respect that someone’s gonna ask. And you hope that they respect they might not get an answer.”

Styles, who has waved LGBTQ Pride flags and banners at his concerts, is famously coy about labeling his sexuality. The One Direction alum has, however, alluded to sexual fluidity in his lyrics and music videos; “Medicine” and “Lights Up” have been heralded by fans as bisexual anthems.

Styles once told GQ he’s “pretty sure” he’s not bisexual, denying rumors he was dating Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, but later said it’s “not that important” for his significant other to be female. Regarding sex with a man, he jokingly told bandmate Niall Horan, “Don’t knock it till you try it.”

Last year Styles told The Sun he’s “never felt the need to” label his sexual orientation. “I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”

“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” Styles told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing that you’re not alone. I’m aware that as a white male, I don’t go through the same things as a lot of the people that come to the shows. 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.”

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