Harry Styles was already an international heartthrob by the time he was a teen as a result of his time in One Direction, and who he has been sleeping with has been of interest to his fans and the press for years. However, Styles has revealed how he felt ashamed at the idea of people knowing about his sex life and how he’s navigated trying to keep his personal life private.
In a new interview with Better Homes & Gardens, Styles discussed the stress-inducing cleanliness clauses in his old contracts from his 1D days, which stated they would be null and void if he did anything “unsavoury.” He also spent time worrying about people knowing about his sex life: “For a long time, it felt like the only thing that was mine was my sex life,” he explained. “I felt so ashamed about it, ashamed at the idea of people even knowing that I was having sex, let alone who with.”
“At the time, there were still the kiss-and-tell things. Working out who I could trust was stressful,” Styles continued. “But I think I got to a place where I was like, why do I feel ashamed? I’m a 26-year-old man who’s single; it’s like, yes, I have sex.”
Styles, now 28, also explained that although there’s speculation around who he is sleeping with — he’s currently dating Olivia Wilde — because he wears dresses and supports the LGBTQ+ community, people want to know how he identifies. However, that’s something he’s not going to share with the world as he sees labels as being “outdated.”
“I’ve been really open with it with my friends, but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine,” he said, explaining that he won’t be revealing his sexual orientation. “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.”
We couldn’t agree more — how you identify is no one’s business but your own. And although fans may be curious, no one is entitled to any info that their fave celeb doesn’t want to share.
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