His likeness might be present in hundreds of bedrooms around the globe, but it’s not often that anyone is invited into the bedroom of Harry Styles himself. And yet, here I am, sitting on a little chair in the corner waiting for the man himself to arrive. I can only think of how many girls would happy murder me to be sitting in my place right now. I’m probably getting death threats on Twitter as we speak. Luckily, Harry doesn’t leave me alone with my thoughts for too long, and lopes into the room wearing incredibly tight jeans, a sweater and one of his trademark hats.
He begins by introducing himself as if I didn’t already know who he was, and then folds himself gracefully into the chair opposite me. He looks as relaxed as if he does this every day of his life. Having said that, he probably does.
He’s an incredibly polite young man, making pleasant small talk whilst I set out my equipment and explain the process to him, but it’s evident that he is a man of business and knows exactly what to say to an interviewer under any circumstances. With this in mind, I decide to jump right in.
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk of Harry going solo. He’s always been many peoples favourite, and is often hailed as the best singer in the band. It’s even been said that the band would be nowhere near as famous without the pretty face and sweet vocals that make up Harry Styles. ‘Right now, I’m extremely happy working with the lads. We make a great team, I have a blast with them on tour and I love working with them in the studio. I don’t think the music would be half as good without them by my side.’ But does this rule out Harry going solo in the future? ‘I can’t predict the future at all, and I have no idea what’s going to happen with the band. Who knows, tomorrow we could get dropped by the label and have to make it on our own.’ Somehow I find this highly unlikely. ‘We’re in a good place right now, and I wouldn’t do anything to stop that.’
He’s right when he says they’re in a good place. In the middle of a multi-million dollar tour with another chart-topping album soon to be released, it seems there’s no stopping the high-speed train of success that is One Direction. But the boys have seen trouble before, and only earlier this year were some of the other members caught smoking a joint in the back of a car which put a severe dent in their ‘good guy’ images. I ask Harry what he thinks of this controversy.
‘Listen, I’m not in a position to say anything about that. I wasn’t there at the time so I don’t know what happened, but I know that the lads would never do anything to jeopardise our careers. The press can take things a bit out of proportion sometimes so we just have to trust our fans not to take everything they say to heart.’ He stops when he realises that he is in fact speaking to a member of the press. ‘No offence.’ He smiles. Suddenly, Harry looks at me with a strange look on his face. Could this be…the look of love? Who would have thought, I’ve only been in his presence for no more than ten minutes and he’s already fallen in love with me. Then he sneezes and I realise the true reason for the perplexed look on his face. It’s not hard to see why so many have fallen under his spell before.
Inevitably, the conversation swings round to his love life. Harry pauses for a moment, as if thinking of how to phrase his next sentence. ‘You know, I get asked that in every single interview. I don’t know why everyone insists on asking it. It’s not like my love life changes on a daily basis.’ So, is there a lucky lady in his life? ‘No, not at the moment. It’s harder than you’d think. The only girls I meet are either celebrities looking for more publicity or die-hard fans who would probably shave my hair and sell it on eBay given half a chance.’ This is the first time I’ve heard him speak about his fans like this, and am about to ask him whether he ever worries about his crazy fans when he regains his composure. ‘Of course, I love all our fans. We’re were we are today because of them, and I’d be nothing if I didn’t have all of the support that we’ve been given over the years.’ He flashes a grin and it’s clear that this is something he’s said thousands of times already. I wonder whether he’s seen the documentaries showing fans who have purchased half eaten bits of his toast or his used tissues just to get a bit of Harry Styles. Probably not.
So where can we expect to see Harry in twenty years down the line? ‘God, don’t ask me to think that far into the future! I’m just taking it one day at a time. Twenty years down the line? God, I don’t know. Hopefully still doing what I love. Travelling round the world. Meeting beautiful fans. Enjoying life as it comes.’ Easier said than done. My guess is that he’ll already be retired and living off his vast fortune on a remote island somewhere. Either that or still doing world tours which the band seem to eternally be doing these days.
It looks like our time has come to an end, as Harry has a hairdresser’s appointment to get to. I look at him a little shocked, but he assures me that it won’t be anything drastic, just a trim. I imagine that his hair is probably insured for a few million and any drastic redesigns would definitely result in a drop from the label.
In the car on the way back from the interview, I check my Twitter account. Yep, already three death threats. I have no idea how they know.