Caroline Goldstein
Updated Dec 16, 2019 @ 10:45 am
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Since releasing his music video for “Lights Up,” the song off his latest album Fine Line that has been hailed as a “bisexual anthem,” there’s been an influx of inquiries into Harry Styles’ sexuality. Until recently, most of those inquiries have been limited to comments on social media. In a recent interview, though, The Guardian‘s Tom Lamont attempted to address those speculations head on. However, Styles is decidedly uninterested in assigning a neat definition to either his sexuality or his gender expression.

Harry Styles
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Styles was then asked about the apparent “clue-dropping” regarding his sexuality, which Lamont said extended beyond Styles’ sartorial choices. The album art for Fine Line, for instance, conjures both the bisexual and transgender flag designs.

Much of the speculation surrounding his sexuality and gender identity is rooted in the way he dresses. Styles also often rocks gender-fluid clothing (which, in our opinion, speaks more to his impeccable taste than his sexual preferences). But to others, his style clearly points to how he defines himself…doesn’t it?

Well, no. Not really.

But Styles recognized that he’s in an industry in which questions about a person’s sexual preferences are asked as if they’re fair game. Even though that idea is completely counter to common decency, Styles retains his graciousness—which is yet another reason we’re obsessed with him.

“I just think sexuality’s something that’s fun,” Styles said. “Honestly? I can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that.”

One more time, for the people in the back: Gender is a construct, sexuality is fluid, and asking a person to define in order to make it easier for other people to understand them is never okay. Now that that’s cleared up, let’s actually start talking about Styles’ music, shall we?