The Bi Energy Is Strong in Harry Styles’ New Music Video

In "Lights Up," the One Direction alum goes on a lusty beachside romp that knows no gender.

The future is sexually fluid, and Harry Styles wants us to know he got the memo.

In the new music video for his latest single “Lights Up,” the One Direction alum—now a tatted, chiseled heartthrob—parties shirtless at a beachside romp alongside men and women. The bacchanalian revelry signals sex, drugs, and alcohol (as Entertainment Weekly puts it, “the rock n’ roll is implied.”)

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The British-born singer-songwriter has alluded to sexual fluidity in his music before. Songs like “Medicine”—an original track that never made it onto the final cut of his self-titled 2017 solo LP—include lyrics about “messing around” with men and women. (A video of him performing the song live even prompted gay Olympian Adam Rippon to herald him as a bi icon.)

Though he doesn’t identify publicly as queer, bisexual, or pansexual, Styles is famously coy about his sexual orientation, having told interviewers in the past that he opts not to label himself.

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As Rolling Stone noted in its August 2019 profile of Styles, the singer waved gay, trans, and bi Pride flags on his first solo tour, as well as Black Lives Matter flags. At a show in Philadelphia, he even borrowed a rainbow flag that read Make America Gay Again from an audience member and waved it onstage.

“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” he told the magazine. “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.”

Watch the full video for “Lights Up” below.
 

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