On Friday, Harry Styles celebrated the released of his excellent sophomore album, Fine Line, playing a sold out show at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Not only did Styles perform the new LP in full, but he saved space for a One Direction throwback with “What Makes Your Beautiful,” a Christmas classic with “Wonderful Christmastime,” and a duet with Stevie Nicks on “Landslide.”
The two friends have been very supportive of each other the past couple years, with Harry revealing to RADIO.COM some of the best advice the Fleetwood Mac singer has given him in an interview earlier this month. “Probably just go with your gut,” he says of what he’s learned from Nicks. “Just do what you want to do.”
As fans got to hear Fine Line for the first time, many mined it for clues about Styles romantic life and his sexuality, considering some of the lead up to the album to feature potential hints towards being bisexual. Styles addressed this talk in an interview over the weekend, telling The Guardian that there’s nothing he’s keeping secret.
“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 because I don’t want to tell you.’ It’s not, ‘ooh this is mine and it’s not yours,’” he responded to a question about blurring sexuality. “Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No.”
“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. 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.”
Later in the interview, Styles circles back to the question, in a potential attempt to clarify. “What I would say, about the whole being-asked-about-my-sexuality thing – this is a job where you might get asked. And to complain about it, to say you hate it, and still do the job, that’s just silly. You respect that someone’s gonna ask. And you hope that they respect they might not get an answer.”
Fine Line is now available everywhere.
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