Harry Styles opens up about his sexuality and addresses queerbaiting accusations

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Pop superstar Harry Styles is peeling the curtain on his personal life, addressing allegations of queerbaiting, his sexuality and romantic relationship with Olivia Wilde in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Much has changed for Styles since his “X-Factor” days catapulted him to international fame with the formation of One Direction and his solo career debut in 2017.

Styles, who is now on tour for his third solo album Harry’s House, opened up about the intense investigation into his private life, saying in his cover story interview with Rolling Stone published Monday, “I have never spoken publicly about my life outside of work. and thought it helped me positively.”

“There will always be a version of a story, and I think I’ve just decided that I’m not going to spend the time correcting it or bending it in any way,” he explained.

Known for his gender-fluid fashion that mimics icons David Bowie and Mick Jagger before him, Styles has come under harsh criticism for queerbaiting—when one benefits from appearing as queer without explicitly claiming the community.

Unsolicited, Styles brushed aside comments about his sexual identity.

“Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve only been in public with women,’ and I don’t think I’ve been in public with anyone. If someone takes a picture of you with someone, it doesn’t mean you choose to have a having a public relationship or something,” he said.

He previously called the need to define one’s sexuality “outdated,” in an April interview with Better Homes & Gardens.

“It doesn’t matter, and the point is that you don’t have to label everything, not have to clarify which boxes you check,” he told the magazine.

Styles is in a relationship with Wilde, the director of his upcoming September movie “Don’t Worry Darling.” She has been seen at several of his packed shows, dancing along to his music, and the two have been snapped hand in hand by paparazzi.

The 28-year-old singer acknowledged that the internet can be a toxic place that attacks people close to him, calling Twitter “a huge storm of people trying to be terrible to people.”

“Of course that doesn’t make me feel good,” he told Rolling Stone.

“Obviously it’s a hard feeling to feel like you’re close to me, meaning you’re on the ransom of some corner of Twitter or something,” he explained. “I just wanted to sing. I didn’t want to go into it if I hurt people like that.”

Wilde, 38, also spoke about the online hate in the interview, saying: “What I don’t understand about the cruelty you’re referring to is that that kind of toxic negativity is the antithesis of Harry, and everything he puts out there. “

“Personally, I don’t believe the hateful energy defines his fan base. The majority of them are true champions of kindness,” she continued.

In addition to “Don’t Worry Darling,” Styles will also star in the film “My Policeman,” in which he plays an officer in 1950s Britain who hides his sexuality. The movie will be released in November.

“Of course it’s pretty inscrutable to think, ‘Oh, you couldn’t be gay. That was illegal,'” Styles said of the role.

“I think everyone, myself included, has their own journey to figure out and become more comfortable with sexuality,” he continued.

“It’s not like, ‘This is a gay story about these guys being gay.’ It’s about love and about wasted time for me,” he added.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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