Is Harry Styles Gay? Here's What the Singer Has Said About His Sexuality

Samantha Faragalli Younghans - Author

Nov. 17 2023, Updated 11:16 a.m. ET

The Gist:

  • During a 2019 interview with The Guardian, Harry Styles admitted that his clothing choices and album covers have a lot to do with collaborations and appearance.
  • The singer said he doesn't base his decisions on whether they make him look gay.
  • While many have speculated Harry might be gay, he has dated a number of different women including Kendall Jenner and Taylor Russell (his current girlfriend).
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British singer Harry Styles is one of the most popular artists in the music industry, and through the years fans have questioned his sexuality. The singer has been vocal about his sexuality in the past, so we're looking into whether or not the former One Direction star is gay.

Harry has been linked to Kendall Jenner, Olivia Wilde, and Camille Rowe, and is now currently dating Taylor Russell. Still, fans continue to question whether Harry is gay or even bisexual. Here's what we know.

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Is Harry Styles gay?

Harry Harry Styles attends The BRIT Awards 2023 wearing a black outfit with a large flower accessory.
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While Harry has been open about his sexuality and sexual ambiguity in the past, he hasn't specifically said if he's gay or not. He has, however, been linked to many well-known women throughout his career, including Kiko Mizuhara, Camille Rowe, Tess Ward, Pandora Lennard, Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift, Erin Foster, and more.

Harry is currently dating Canadian actor Taylor Russell and the two appear to be going strong.

In an April 2022 interview with Better Homes & Gardens, Harry briefly touched on the subject of his sexuality.

"I've been really open with it with my friends, but that's my personal experience; it's mine," he told the publication. "The whole point of where we should be heading, which is toward accepting everybody and being more open, is that it doesn't matter, and it's about not having to label everything, not having to clarify what boxes you're checking."

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Harry Styles and Taylor Swift out walking together.
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During a 2019 sit-down with The Guardian, the interviewer asked him if he's ever been asked if he's bisexual due to the perceptions that he doesn't define as straight based on his clothing choices, song lyrics, and more. "Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why?" he replied to the query.

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"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 added.

"It’s: Who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: Who cares?"

One of the projects that's been put into question is his song and music video "Watermelon Sugar" due to the alleged meaning of the phrase. According to Urban Dictionary, "Watermelon Sugar" has to do with oral sex, which started quite the internet frenzy at the time of the song's release late last year. The top definition has since been updated to reflect Harry's song.

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In the music video "dedicated to touching," Harry is dressed in bright colors while dancing and eating watermelon with a bunch of women on a beach. In some takes, they are feeding and groping him. All that said, it's not much of a surprise that the ambiguity of this video was present and questioned by viewers.

But Harry swears that he doesn't use clothing and other tactics to impress fans. "Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No," he admitted

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"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," Harry 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."

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In a 2022 interview with Rolling Stone, he spoke about how much the public unfairly jumps to conclusions about his relationships. “Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve only publicly been with women,’ and I don’t think I’ve publicly been with anyone. If someone takes a picture of you with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re choosing to have a public relationship or something.”

Although Harry hasn't assigned a label to his sexual orientation, he has made it clear he's not entertaining the idea of giving the public what they want — an answer.

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