Harry styles it has always had a rabid fan base, and now it attracts even more. But dealing with his fans hasn’t been so easy for the musician-turned-actor.
“As It Was” is Styles’ biggest song to date, including 10 consecutive weeks of topping the charts in the U.S. It’s also the song that has apparently attracted the most male fans to Styles, according to the musician.
In a new interview, Styles tells Rolling Stone the song has brought “definitely the highest volume of men who would stop me to say anything about it”.
The closing of a recent New York concert with “As It Was” brought the stadium crowd to their feet. The thunderous reaction surprised even the famous member of One Direction. Styles explains to Rolling Stone“There was something about it where I was… not terrified, but I just needed a minute. Because I wasn’t sure what it was. Just the energy felt crazy.”
“How was it“is a melodic farewell to summer, with the bittersweet chorus “You know it’s not the same as it was” and a synth hook reminiscent of The Cure’s “just like paradise.” The track begins with a small voice sample: Styles’ own goddaughter saying “Come on, Harry. We want to say goodnight to you.” As American composer he says, the show “puts a warm feeling in your heart when you’re invited to ‘Harry’s House'”.
The song itself, the first single from “Harry’s House,” might not be the draw for new male fans; rather it could be its omnipresence. The catchy song is getting plenty of radio play, the perfect soundtrack for end-of-summer nostalgia and perhaps current pandemic times. We’re not the same no matter what moving forward, and Styles sings it.
Fandom beyond music
But with multiple movie roles coming soon, Styles is also everywhere as he’s making the publicity rounds ahead of their releases.
First is the Olivia Wildedirected psychological thriller “do not worry honey”, on sale September 23. In it, Styles stars alongside Florence Pugh as a young couple in the 1950s who move to the town of Victrory, California, where something possibly more sinister lurks beneath their picture-perfect appearance.
After meeting on the set of “Don’t Worry Darling,” Wilde and Styles began a relationship, which the latter has addressed in several interviews. In particular, he has expressed his disappointment in the way some fans have reacted, particularly in social networkswhich Styles calls “Storm of people trying to be horrible“where Wilde has been the subject of vitriol.
Rolling Stone writes: “Anonymous tweeters were horrified by the age gap (as if a 28-year-old man dating a 38-year-old wasn’t completely normal) and criticized the director-actor dating dynamic (as if there wasn’t a long history of beloved Hollywood couples meeting in the same way).”
Wilde is not the first romantic partner to have been on the receiving end of Styles Stans toxic treatment, who for some reason cannot bear to see anyone with him. It’s a parasocial consequence for his fandom, one that seems to want to dictate who he dates. . . And what art does he get?
Case in point is Styles’ second movie coming this fall. “My Policeman”, the historical drama based on the work of Bethan Roberts novelis set in the 1950s and stars Styles as a man who falls in love with another man and is forced to keep their relationship a secret.
The premise of this film, coupled with Styles’ gender-nonconforming fads, has led to much of the audience: including Candace Owens – to obsess over their sexuality and what they feel that implies. And it is those assumptions that have drawn additional criticism.
“I think everyone, including me, has their own journey to discover sexuality and become more comfortable with it,” says Styles. Rolling Stone. The musician has never been explicit about his sexuality, which has led some to accuse him of queerbaiting: the insinuation of queerness as a marketing tactic. “Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve only been with women in public,’ and I don’t think I’ve ever been with anyone in public,” says Styles. “If someone takes a picture of you with someone, it doesn’t mean you choose to be in a public relationship.”
Known for his close and protective relationship with fans, it hasn’t exactly been reciprocal, at least not when it comes to letting Styles have his own personal life. His past romantic partners, including famous women like Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner, have been harassed by fans, even receiving threats of death.
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Rising to prominence initially as part of the boy band. Only one directionIt’s perhaps understandable that Styles’ first fans were teenage girls, a group he has staunchly championed. He said Billboard in 2017, “Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music (short for popular, right?) have worse taste in music than a 30-year-old hipster guy… That’s not up to you to say.” Music is something that is always changing. There are no goals. Young girls like the Beatles. Are you going to tell me that they are not serious?
As Styles has parted ways with his first image, his fan base is also changing. styles says Rolling Stone, just because she seems to be getting more fans at her concerts who are now men, is not a value judgement. “[I]Not that men were the target,” he says. “It’s something I noticed.”
Hopefully these new fans aren’t as angry at Styles’ personal life and artistic choices as many current ones are.
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