As we head into the weekend, the only thing we have to say is, we're still not convinced about Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, no matter how many dates they may go on.
As for everything else that happened, read on!
Kim Kardashian had frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3. [Instagram/KimKardashian]
Derek Jeter was spotted chowing down on Sizzling Sisig, a Korean delicacy consiting of pig's head and liver, at Pig and Khao in New York City. [NY Post]
Michael Bublé met Dean Martin's daughter, Deana, at Patsy's in New York City. [NY Post]
Taylor Swift and new boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction had a dinner date at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. [Hollywood Life]
Seen & Heard
"Kidney's not such a great name," said Drew Barrymore in response to Ellen DeGeneres' alternative baby name options to Olive. [Ellen]
Drake is now Guy Fieri's sous chef? Sure, why not. [Instagram/ChampagnePapi]
Christina Milian cooked up a storm with daughter Violet. [Instagram/Christina Milian]
Beyoncé posed next to an old-school vending machine. [Instagram/BaddieBay]
Anne Hathaway admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that she had to essentially stop eating during filming for her upcoming movie, Les Miserables. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Harry Styles Breaking News, Photos, and Videos
We have even more photos from the set of My Policeman to share!
Harry Styles was spotted in full police uniform while running after David Dawson for a scene on Friday afternoon (May 14) in Brighton, England.
We got our first glimpse of Harry and David together on set earlier in the day while they were preparing for their shoot day.
Deadline reports that the film “takes place in the late 1990s, when the arrival of elderly invalid Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home, triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous: the passionate relationship between Tom and Patrick at a time when homosexuality was illegal.”
Harry is playing Tom while David is portraying Patrick. Emma Corrin, who was also spotted on set on Friday, will be playing Marion.
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Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Are Friends Again After Ugly 2013 Split
Never, ever getting back together… or are they? Taylor Swift and Harry Styles may have called it quits last year, but sources tell Us Weekly exclusively that the two stars are now friendly again.
"They have become pals," an insider tells Us of Swift, 24, and Styles, 20. The country-turned-pop crooner and the One Direction heartthrob started dating in October 2012 before splitting in January 2013.
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"They had a fight," a source told Us at the time, adding that Styles "said something he shouldn't have" and the breakup "is definitely going to be for good." Things got rocky between the two at the end of 2012, as Swift skipped out early on a vacation with Styles.
While she may not have found her forever in the British pop star, Swift did get some album inspiration. She referenced their relationship in multiple songs on her hit pop album 1989, including her collaboration with Jack Antonoff "Out of the Woods," and the thinly veiled "Style."
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The boy bander took no issue with his inclusion on the record, saying earlier this month in a Google Hangout, "We write from personal experience. I think everyone does. So it would be hypocritical of us to be like, 'Oh, you can't write about us.'"
Not only was Styles not offended by the songs, but he reconnected with Swift as well, sources tell Us.
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"Taylor has been bragging to her trainer and celeb friends that she and Harry are talking again," a second insider dished, adding that Swift, whose pre-Styles guys include Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, and Conor Kennedy, hasn't been dating anyone else since.
"My expectations have changed when it comes to love," Swift told Us Weekly exclusively this month. "Now when I meet someone and there's chemistry, my first thoughts are 'When this ends, I hope you'll remember me well.'"
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Harry Styles' Many Ladies: Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift, Cara Delevingne & More!NGRE/AKM-GSI
Harry Styles is a hot young thing desired by many—and he knows it.
The One Direction singer seems to be making the most of his time as a successful 19-year-old celeb by enjoying the company of numerous beautiful ladies, the most recent being E!'s own Kendall Jenner. The pair was spotted leaving West Hollywood restaurant Craig's last night, but don't bust out the new couple alert just yet.
A source tells E! News, "They aren't ⟚ting.' They are just friends. That was like the first real time they hung out. We will see what happens."
Yeah, we've heard that before. So while we wait to see if a romance sparks between these two, let's take a look back at surprising Styles' dating past.
1. Lucy Horobin: Let's kick this off with a tale that was a bit scandalous, according to reports. One of Styles' first public romances appeared to involve an older woman. The deejay (who was 32 years old at the time, Harry was 17) hit it off with Styles after she grilled One Direction for Manchester-based radio station Key 103.
Things got hot and heavy with these two, but Horobin was reportedly married at the time and the reported fling with Harry didn't last.
2. Caroline Flack: Things continued to stay juicy when the hunky teen linked up with another older woman, 32-year-old Flack. Their 14-year age gap stirred quite a bit of cougar controversy, but Flack didn't let that (or the threats from fans) get to her.
"We weren't bothered and his family wasn't bothered. But the thing about unconventional relationships is that other people do seem to be bothered," she reportedly told Glamour magazine. "I mean, look, it was just really fun to hang out… I don't think we were ever going to have a long-term future. It was fun and it was hurting nobody… [Breaking up] was fine. And now we're friends."
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3. Emma Ostilly: The singer was seen canoodling with the model (who is in his age range) in New Zealand. The two reportedly met on the set of the music-video shoot for One Direction's hit "Gotta Be You," but reconnected when the band traveled to New Zealand, where Ostilly is said to live.
Fans began to go after the then-18-year-old online which caused Ostilly to vanish from social media.
4. Emily Atack: Harry and the actress enjoyed a brief romance but their love affair was cut short because of the band's three-month-long, 62-date United States tour.
She recently told Reveal magazine, "We were never boyfriend and girlfriend. I think that's the first time I've ever admitted to what it was, because I've always just shrugged it off before. But I think it's best to clear it up. So, yeah, we had a short-lived thing that was just a bit of fun. Then we went off in our opposite directions."
5. Caggie Dunlop: The former Made in Chelsea star and Styles hung out for a bit in July 2012. Dunlop would openly ask Harry on Twitter if he wanted to go over to her place, and even once tweeted, "I love harry styles."
A source close to Caggie told the Sunday Mirror, "She and Harry have been in touch for around a year, but they first kissed about nine months ago. They are both young and attractive and they really enjoy each other's company. There's great chemistry between them. They are definitely planning to see a lot more of each other over the next few weeks."
6. Lily Halpern: The couple sparked rumors of a romance after both were spotted together in New York City, where the 19-year-old Halpern, a singer who's opened for bands like Big Time Rush, was seen leaving the 18-year-old One Direction heartthrob's hotel.
"He's adorable" and "a very good friend," Halpern coyly told E! News, adding, "Who wouldn't have a crush on him?"
7. Taylor Swift: We all remember this pairing, right? The talked-about couple first became public in December 2012 after they were spotted hanging out together at the Central Park Zoo in New York City, and social media instantly blew up with pictures of their outing.
The boy bander helped ring in Swift's 23rd birthday, but at one point their romance fizzled. Harry broke his silence about his split from the country superstar, telling Capital FM, a UK radio station, that he was doing "OK" since the couple called it quits in early January. "Yeah, I'm good," he said.
8. Kimberly Stewart: Going back to his cougar roots, Harry began romancing Rod Stewart's 33-year-old daughter. "They were introduced by a mutual friend who set them up," an insider told E! News. 'Kim is very strong-willed, she goes for what she wants and Harry appreciates that. It is a very new thing and we'll see where it goes."
Styles even joined Stewart and her family for dinner at Dan Tana's in West Hollywood.
9. Kara Rose Marshall: A couple months after being out with Stewart, the young cutie was caught hanging out with the blond beauty. Harry and Kara were seen with Styles' hairdresser, Lou Teasdale, at the Apple store in New York City, before spending part of their Sunday night on a rooftop together with friends.
Additionally, they were each photographed wearing an identical tour T-Shirt of The Who, which seems to indicate that either Harry and Kara both love the shirt (or the band) and happened to have matching ones or that Styles perhaps offered Marshall a loan of the shirt straight off his back.
10. Cara Delevingne: What was really going on with this pretty pair is a bit up in the air. After spending some time together, E! News learned that Styles was eyeing the runway model for a while. "Harry's been chasing Cara nonstop. He really likes her and has been saying that he wants to be exclusive with her," a source told us.
However, when Harry was asked by one of the news presenters at Burberry Fashion show, "Are you looking forward to seeing your girl Cara walking down the runway?" the boy bander quickly retorted, "She's not my girl! I know what you're doing."
Ringing in 2016 on Ellen DeGeneres&rsquo Yacht
Styles and Jenner rang in another new year together two years later when they vacationed in Anguilla in the Eastern Caribbean. The pair were spotted by fans at a restaurant on Dec. 29, 2016, and later seen getting cozy on a yacht. A source told PEOPLE, “There has been a lot of flirting, touching and snuggling going on. They have acted like a couple. They look very cozy and happy.”
They continued their vacation when they boarded Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s yacht in St. Barts on Jan. 2, 2016. A source told PEOPLE that “things never got serious” between the two when they first met, adding, “He has thought all along that Kendall is hot and was sort of just waiting for a chance to spend more time with her again.”
The source also said of the trip, “New Year’s worked out perfect, and [Harry] loved it.”
Definitive Proof Taylor Swift's Style Music Video Is About Harry Styles
When Taylor Swift's 1989 album dropped, we were already preeeeetty positive that her track, "Style," was about her ex Harry Styles, what with it being called "Style" and all. Not to mention the tons of other clues throughout the album that pretty much proved that Mr. Styles served as major inspiration. But in case there was any doubt, Taylor's music video for "Style" just hit the Interweb this morning and it was jam-packed with tons of subtle signs that pretty much confirmed the track is about Harry. Check out all the Styles
Exhibit A: The necklace
Shots of Taylor holding an airplane necklace are shown throughout the vid and that necklace is significant for one major reason: Harry wore that necklace all. the. time. when the two were dating back in 2012. Proof?
"Your necklace hanging from my neck . Two paper airplanes flying, flying&hellip" I see what you did there @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/HcwMbTCwbi&mdash Ingrid. (@imm_______) October 14, 2014
Exhibit B: The boy on the beach
Does this shot look familiar to you?
It should, because it bears a striking resemblance to Harry jamming out to 1D's "What Makes You Beautiful" on the beach way back in 2011.
Exhibit C: The vintage car
Tay's hottie boyfriend in the video is seen driving in a super-cool vintage car. You wanna know who else drives a vintage convertible? None other than Harry Edward Styles.
Exhibit D: Taylor's rings
In the vid, Taylor can be seen wearing multiple rings on her hands.
While Taylor Swift is a bonafide fashionista, wearing multiple rings isn't her usual thing. Actually, it's Harry Styles' usual thing.
Exhibit E: Taylor's bangs
Over the past year, Tay has begun wearing her bangs side-swept (and looking totally flawless in the process):
But back in 2012 when she was dating Harry, she rocked blunt bangs.
Which is why we don't think it's a coincidence that, in the flashback shots in her vid, Taylor's rocking her throwback blunt bangs.
Yeah. pretty clear who TayTay had on the brain when she penned this track, so we went ahead and put the right face on Tay's shard of mirror!
What do you think? Do you agree that these are signs that "Style" is about Harry Styles? Or do we all need to just move on already? Sound off in the comments below!
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Every Single Girl Harry Styles Has Dated, May Have Dated, or Definitely Did Not Date
Harry Styles may be turning only 22 today, but that doesn’t mean that he’s been letting any grass grow under his feet, romantically speaking. Besides being the undisputed hottie of One Direction and becoming a high-fashion fan (he’s basically being the biggest stan ever for Alessandro Michele’s Gucci), Harry has found lots of time to play the field, racking up a track record that exceeds his years —literally. It’s apparent that Harry loves the ladies, from Pixie Geldof to Kendall Jenner, regardless of vocation or even age (rumored ex-fling Nicole Scherzinger is nearly 16 years his senior).
Without further ado, here is every single girl Harry Style dated, might have dated, or definitely didn’t date, despite the Internet thinking they did.
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H ere he comes, one of the planet’s most conspicuous young men, stepping out of the London drizzle and into a dusty suburban pub. If there was an old vinyl record player in the place it would scratch quiet. Instead, the two-dozen punters turn hushed and intent, as if a unicorn has just trotted in off the street, and nobody wants to scare it off. “That’s frickin’ Harry frickin’ Styles,” whispers a young man at the bar, “in this pub.” The pop star is asked what he wants to drink and in a voice already inclined to undertones, quietly orders a cup of tea.
A former teen star who is now 25, a happier and rockier solo artist since his boyband One Direction split a few years ago, Styles has hidden himself inside a large, swamp-green parka. He’s tall, around the 6ft mark, and carries himself with a slight stoop. If Styles could only do something about his appearance from the neck up (elfin brow, wide Joker smile, a face that’s recognisable across multiple continents) you sense he could drink in pubs like this anonymously enough. As it is, cover blown, he removes the parka. A woolly jumper beneath has a picture of the planet Saturn on it. Maybe they’ve heard of Styles there, too.
We take a seat in the corner. On nearby tables, conversations start to sputter as people try to keep their own talk ticking along on autopilot while straining to hear what Styles says. I ask him about the sheer strangeness of this and other aspects of fame. Full stadiums, swooning admirers, an excess of opportunity and cash. Why isn’t Styles an absolute ordeal of a human being by now? Keith Richards, at a comparable stage, imagined himself the pirate leader of a travelling nation-state, unbound by international law. Elton John was on vast amounts of cocaine. Meanwhile, here’s Harry, known in the music industry as a bit of a freak, medically, having maintained abnormally high levels of civility in his system.
Boots, waistcoat and trousers, Gucci. Pearls, National Theatre costume hire. Necklace and rings, Styles’s own. Main image: top, waistcoat and trousers, Harris Reed. Photograph: Samuel Bradley/The Guardian
Styles tilts his head, flattered. There are others, he promises. “People who are successful, and still nice. It’s when you meet the people who are successful and aren’t nice, you think: What’s yer excuse? Cos I’ve met the other sort.”
Styles read Keith Richards’ autobiography a while back, and he recently finished Elton’s, too. (“Soooo much cocaine,” he marvels.) We talk for a bit about whether extreme dissolute behaviour and artistic greatness go hand in hand. Styles, who has just released his second solo album, Fine Line, the penultimate track of which is called Treat People With Kindness, has to hope not. “I just don’t think you need to be a dick to be a good artist. But, then, there are also a lot of good artists who are dicks. So. Hmm. Maybe I need to start scaring babies in supermarkets?”
A couple of lads hustle over to offer drinks. A photo is requested they say they’ll wait. I’m weirdly anxious about Styles’s phone, which is slung on the table in front of him. What must be the black-market value of that thing? If fans were to get hold of it, would they want to open Styles’s music app first, to listen to tracks from the new album, or rush to see his messages and calls, to find out who Styles has been flirting with late at night? The interest in his music has always run at a ratio of about 50/50 with the interest in who he is dating.
It’s a ratio Styles tries to adjust in favour of the music by being vague about his ex-partners, real and rumoured (Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner, Parisian model Camille Rowe), diverting to discuss his songs about failed relationships. A year ago, when Styles was floating around near this pub in north London, where he lives, and California, where he tends to record, looking for inspiration for the new album, his close friend Tom Hull told him: “Just date amazing women, or men, or whatever, who are going to fuck you up… Let it affect you and write songs about it.”
Styles, who writes in collaboration with Hull and producer Tyler Johnson, sounds as if he took the advice. The new album, Fine Line, is at its best when capturing late-hours moments, drunk calls, “wandering hands”, kitchen snogs. A golden-haired lover recurs. There are up tracks, down tracks, some with the trippy delirium of harpsichord-era Stones, others with the angsty Britpop swell of strings. While I listened, I couldn’t help scribbling down names, possible subjects. On the lyric “There’s a piece of you in how I dress” I wrote: maybe Kendall? In a song about a lover “way too bright for me”: surely Taylor.
With Taylor Swift in 2012. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock
Styles says he keeps to a general rule: write what comes and don’t think about it too much afterwards. The only time he worries about an individual lyric is if it risks putting an ex in a difficult position. “If a song’s about someone, is that fine? Or is that gonna get annoying for them, if people try to decipher it?” Has he ever got that judgment call wrong and taken a bollocking from an angry ex? Styles raises an eyebrow. “Maybe ask me in a month.”
I quiz him on something I’ve often wondered about. Why are the very famous so inclined to hook up with the very famous? From the outside it looks twice the hassle, with twice the odds of ending badly. “Don’t we all do that, though?” Styles asks. “Go into things that feel relatively doomed from the start?” I ask him why he doesn’t date normals. He seems tickled: “Um. I mean, I do. I have a private life. You just don’t know about it.”
Styles doesn’t particularly like being asked about his love life, but is amused all the same, as he is about most things. When I ask about the logistics of someone as well known as him dating someone anonymous (“Do you need to give them, like, some sort of primer?”), Styles snorts with laughter.
“Uh-h-h. Like any conversation, I guess, it’s easier if you’re honest. But I try to let it come up when it comes up. Cos that’s a weird thing to talk about, y’know? If you’ve just started seeing someone, and you’re, like: [he adopts a throaty, mission-briefing voice] So! This is what’s gonna happen!” Styles holds out his hands: no, ta. “I don’t wanna have that conversation, man. It would be fucking weird.”
Shirt and H and S rings, Gucci. Other rings, Styles’s own. Photograph: Samuel Bradley/The Guardian. Nail artist: Jenny Longworth at CLM
A quick aside about his accent, which is hard to capture in print. (“Nat sexy, no.”) After a workout in a hotel gym recently, Styles says he was taken aback (“taken abeck”) to be asked by a stranger whether he was speaking in a fake voice. He was appalled. But after so long crossing borders and time zones, living and working between England and the US, the accent has undergone a jazzy remix, and tends to get farthest from its Cheshire roots when he’s around strangers. Once Styles begins to get comfortable in the pub, the flatter, no-nonsense sounds of his youth return. Nowpe he says, for nope. Fook, for fuck.
“What the fook are they?” This was the response of his childhood pals, he remembers, back in the village of Holmes Chapel, when little Harry had the gumption to show up in the playground wearing Chelsea boots instead of the approved chunky trainers. Styles’s parents had separated when he was very young, but there is no origin-story trauma: he has always stayed close to both. His mother, Anne, would praise his singing voice in the car, and when Styles was 16 it was agreed he could audition for a singing contest on TV.
“The craziest part about the whole X Factor thing,” says Styles, who auditioned for the ITV reality show in 2010, “is that it’s so instant. The day before, you’ve never been on telly. Then suddenly…” Suddenly you’re a piece of national property. “You don’t think at the time, ‘Oh, maybe I should keep some of my personal stuff back for myself.’ Partly because, if you’re a 16-year-old who does that, you look like a jumped-up little shit. Can you imagine? ‘Sorry, actually, I’d rather not comment…’ You don’t know what to be protective of.”
By the winter of 2010, Styles was a fan favourite, a key member of One Direction, a five-piece that enjoyed enormous national exposure and gathered millions of fans before any music had been released. Cameras filmed every part of their rise. There wasn’t any time in the dark to practise, test things out, mentally brace. “We didn’t get to dip in a toe,” Styles says. “But, listen, I was a kid, all I knew was: I didn’t have to go to school any more. I thought it was fucking great.” He remembers having a lot of fun, and being well taken care of. He jokes: “Maybe it’s something I’ll have to deal with a bit later. When I wake up in my 40s and think: Arrrggh.”
With One Direction in 2012 (far right). Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock
In February 2012, One Direction were feted at the Brit Awards, hours before they were due to fly to the US for the first time. On TV that night they looked young, silly, chuffed – on the precipice of something huge, and with no clue at all. Their subsequent wonder-run (five platinum albums, four world tours) had its foundations in their ridiculous popularity in the States. Right away, Styles remembers, “We were fuelling a machine. Keeping the fire going.” He remembers it as a stimulating time maybe overstimulating. “Coming out of it, when the band stopped, I realised that the thing I’d been missing, because it was all so fast paced, was human connection.”
I first met Styles in 2014, around the time the lack of human connection was starting to bite. One Direction were promoting their penultimate album and I’d been commissioned to write about themthe Guardian. Management felt the boys were so exhausted that my minutes in their presence had to be strictly counted. Inside a circle of cripplingly hot lights, while someone ran the stopwatch, we interacted as humanly as we could.
In Dunkirk (on left). Photograph: AP
I remember how jaded the best singer in the group, Zayn Malik, seemed. (Malik was weeks away from quitting.) I also remember how flattered and bewildered the others were to be asked a few grownup questions – and not what Louis Tomlinson would later describe to me as “who’s-your-favourite-superhero… all that shit”. Styles was watchful and quiet that day. By total chance, a week later, we were in the same London cafe and he tapped my shoulder. He was having lunch with friends. “Will ya join us?”
It struck me as a quietly classy move. I was fascinated to see him interact with mates he’d chosen for himself. Styles was dry and funny, older than his years. After lunch we said the usual things about keeping in touch, and followed each other on Twitter. I kept an eye on his updates, about leaving One Direction, releasing an impressive, self-titled debut album in 2017, playing for 36,000 people in Madison Square Garden in New York, acting in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated war movie Dunkirk. Meanwhile, I did my best to manage the mess that had been made of my own account after Styles’s Twitter follow ignited a small explosion of teenage longing in my mentions. For at least a year I received weekly, sometimes daily, pleas from people who wanted messages conveyed to “H”. Still now, every few days, fans in America, Asia and Europe follow me to “see what H sees” in their timeline.
He has around 50 million social media followers, and with that comes the ability to ripple the internet like somebody airing a bedsheet. I’ve noticed, though, how rarely Styles directs people to support specific causes, last doing so in 2018, when he encouraged people to join a march against gun violence. Why don’t you use your influence more, I ask? “Because of dilution. Because I’d prefer, when I say something, for people to think I mean it.” He runs his fingertips across the table. “To be honest, I’m still searching for that one thing, y’know. Something I can really stand up for, and get behind, and be like: This Is My Life Fight. There’s a power to doing the one thing. You want your whole weight behind it.”
It’s one of the things that sets Styles apart, the way he puts his whole weight behind the different aspects of this strange job. If you watch footage of him as a guest host on Saturday Night Live last month, Styles plunges in, fully inhabiting the silliness of every sketch. He has good songs in his repertoire (2017’s ballad Sign Of The Times stands out), and would probably admit to some middling songs that attest to his relative inexperience as a writer. But whichever of his songs Styles performs, he goes all-in, trusting that his zest and energy will hold an audience’s attention. He approaches this interview in roughly the same spirit, not enjoying every question, fidgeting, pleading for clemency once or twice, but giving everything due consideration.
I bring up something Styles joked about earlier: the possibility of waking up in his 40s with deferred mental health problems.
Jacket and brooch, Maison Margiela. Photograph: Samuel Bradley/The Guardian
Have you thought about therapy, I ask, to get ahead of that?
“I go,” he says. “Not every week. But whenever I feel I need it. For a really long time I didn’t try therapy, because I wanted to be the guy who could say: ‘I don’t need it.’ Now I realise I was only getting in my own way.” He shrugs. “It helps.”
Lately he’s been reading a lot (Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women stood out). He’s watched a lot of Netflix (crime thrillers and music docs). He recently cried through Slave Play on Broadway. I sense in Styles, at 25, a pent-up undergraduate hunger, maybe a desire to make up for lost time. “I’ve definitely been wanting to learn stuff, try stuff,” he says. “Things I didn’t grow up around. Things I’d always been a little bit sceptical about. Like therapy, like meditation. All I need to hear is someone saying, ‘Apparently, it’s amazing’, and I’ll try it. When I was in Los Angeles once, I heard about juice cleanses. I thought, yeah, I’ll do a juice cleanse.”
How messy were the results?
“You mean…?” Styles raises an eyebrow, recalling the poos. “They were all right. I was just hungry. And bored.”
One notable feature of Styles’s solo career has been his headlong embrace of unconventional clothing. A 2017-18 tour could have been sponsored by the Dulux colour wheel: mustard tones in Sydney, shocking pink in Dallas. In a more serious sense, some of Styles’s choices have fed into an important political discussion about gendered fashion. In May, as a co-host at the Met Gala in New York, he stepped out in a sheer blouse and a pearl earring. One evening’s work challenged a lot of stubborn preconceptions about who gets to wear what.
He says: “What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though.’ I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”
With Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala in May. Photograph: Getty Images
Styles is leaning forward, hands folded around his cup of tea. “A part of it was having, like, a big moment of self-reflection. And self-acceptance.” He has a habit, when he’s made a definitive statement, of raising his chin and nodding a little, as if to decide whether he still agrees with himself. “I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time. I think people are asking, ‘Why not?’ a lot more. Which excites me. It’s not just clothes where lines have been blurred, it’s going across so many things. I think you can relate it to music, and how genres are blurring…”
There’s a popular perception, I say, that you don’t define as straight. The lyrics to your songs, the clothes you choose to wear, even the sleeve of your new record – all of these things get picked apart for clues that you’re bisexual. Has anyone ever asked you though?
“Um. I guess I haaaaave been asked? But, I dunno. Why?”
You mean, why ask the question?
“Yeah, I think I do mean that. 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 cos I don’t want to tell you. It’s not: ooh this is mine and it’s not yours.”
“It’s: who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares?”
Dress and shirt, Comme des Garçons. Photograph: Samuel Bradley/The Guardian. Stylist: Harry Lambert at Bryant Artists. Hair: Paul Hanlon. Makeup: Florrie White. Set design: Samuel Pidgen
I suppose my only question, then, is about the stuff that looks like clue dropping. Because if you don’t want people to care, why hint? Take the album sleeve for Fine Line. With its horizontal pink and blue stripes, a splash of magenta, the design seems to gesture at the trans and bisexual pride flags. Which is great – unless the person behind it happens to be a straight dude, sprinkling LGBTQ crumbs that lead nowhere. Does that make sense?
Styles nods. “Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No.” As for the rest, he says, “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.”
In our musty corner of the pub we’ve somehow passed a couple of hours in intense discussion. We’ll lighten up, before Styles heads home, with some chat about clever films (Marriage Story), stupider viral videos (the little boy who’s just learned the word “apparently”), that favourite-superhero stuff that, after all, has its place. He talks about the curious double time scheme of a pop star’s life – those crammed 18-hour days and then the sudden empty off-time when Styles might find himself walking miles across London to buy a book, afterwards congratulating himself: “Well, that’s an hour filled.”
Before we stand up I ask if he’s minded any of my questions.
He pushes out his lips, possibly recalling them one by one, then shakes his head. “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.”
Styles has to find those lads who wanted a photo. He scoops his phone off the table and flicks his thumb around the screen. Lately, he says, when he messes around on his phone in an idle moment, it’s mostly to look at videos – clips that his friends have sent him, in which their kids sing along to music he’s made. “Never gets old,” Styles says, beaming.
A few years ago, when he emerged from the boyband, blinking, shattered, he set himself three tasks: prioritise friends, learn how to be an adult, achieve a proper balance between the big and the small. Full stadiums, provocative outfits – Styles genuinely loves these things. “But I guess I’ve realised, as well,” he says, “that the coolest things are not always the cool things. Do you know what I mean?” He grabs his parka and his phone and, a little stooped, heads for home.
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The former No 1 overall pick in the NBA draft has been ridiculed for years as a bust. This week, in hours of YouTube rants, he set the record straight Kwame Brown talks to Kobe Bryant during his time with the Lakers in 2006. Photograph: Andrew D Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images Before the NFL’s JaMarcus Russell there was the NBA’s Kwame Brown. Like the former Raiders quarterback, Brown was a top draft pick whose bevy of physical gifts marked him as the kind of transformational player who only comes along once in a generation. But unlike Russell, who was a star in college with LSU first, Brown had that burden placed upon him while still a teenager. Brown made history as the first NBA player to go No 1 straight out of high school when Michael Jordan’s Washington Wizards came calling in 2001. And if he didn’t go down as a Hall of Fame-bound great in the mold of other straight-from-school players like Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett, well, Brown figured to be at least as brilliant as Jermaine O’Neal or fellow McDonald’s All-American Tyson Chandler. When Brown turned out to be neither of those things, he became easy fodder for “all-time draft busts” clickbait, inspiration for this ur-Stephen A Smith rant, an argument for bringing back the NBA age limit and a punchline for a thousand basketball podcasts – even player-hosted safe-spaces like Showtime’s All The Smoke. In a recent episode reformed NBA tough guys Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson sat down with Gilbert Arenas, the clownish Steph Curry antecedent turned podcast host. When asked about his time with the Washington Wizards, Arenas circled back to his four seasons with Brown. And as much as he tried to tout Brown as a potential best-ever No 1 who had the misfortune of starting his career on the same team Jordan chose to end his, Arenas couldn’t resist calling Brown a “man child” and “show pony” while rubbing in how he seized primacy on the Wizards in a final blow to Brown’s confidence. All the while, Barnes and Jackson snickered along. But Brown, in a welcome twist, wasn’t having it. Puffing a hookah from his home with action figures in his likeness and a key to some city in the background, Brown took to YouTube and unloaded on the trio for more than an hour. Throughout, the 39-year-old effectively labeled Jackson a fake gangster turned fake social justice warrior, Barnes a tragic mulatto and Arenas an Uncle Tom who perpetuated the bust narrative by being a lousy teammate on the Wizards. Brown further recommended the podcast try discussing bigger problems instead of rehashing his career. So of course Barnes and Jackson doubled down. On ESPN’s The Jump, Barnes feigned surprise. “I get where he’s coming from,” he said. “He’s kind of been the butt of jokes coming into the league and not being able to live up to that No 1 potential. If you want to be mad at anyone, be mad at MJ for picking you No 1.” On Instagram, Jackson was unrepentant. “Your whole career was dirt, your whole life is dirt and it ain’t my job to pour more dirt on you,” he said, wishing him “nothing but success” nevertheless. At the time of writing Brown’s responses to their responses had elapsed more than four hours and effectively seem to say, “if you can’t take the heat, don’t name your podcast All The Smoke.” It’s enough to make you wonder: Where has this guy been all along? Even after bursting onto the scene out of Glynn Academy in Georgia, Brown would remain wary of a basketball media that still feasts on all things Jordan – and rightfully so. We savored Jordan dismissing Brown’s hands as too small for his 7ft frame and we made a meal out of him allegedly reducing Brown to tears in a practice – and all while we gently set aside the part about Jordan’s reported use of homophobic slurs like pin bones in a salmon filet. Brown did attempt to correct the record while working as an analyst on SI.com’s coverage of the 2017 draft, saying, “Michael never brought me to tears.” But the rejoinder came too late and was hardly loud enough to cut through noisy and gleeful critics like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith – whom Brown, fed up with 20 years of disrespect, has challenged to “mutual combat.” The internet, however, has evened the playing field and Brown, at last, is happy to turn up the volume. When he wasn’t hitting back at his established and arriviste media critics, he was untangling interesting ideas like the impact of LeBron James’s activism on less celebrated players (“imagine the guy who’s on a 10-day contract who needs every bit of this money … not agreeing with LeBron …”) or relating the difficulties of navigating healthcare after the end of an NBA career – a salient point that was lost in the crossfire between him, Barnes, Jackson and Arenas. Again: Where has this guy been all along? And what is it about him that makes for such a convenient punching bag? After all, it’s hard to say Brown was a complete bust. JaMarcus Russell ate his way through the NFL and was out of a job after three years. Brown hung around the NBA for 13 seasons. He started nearly half of his 625 career games and averaged 22 minutes during the regular season. He was traded three times and grossed more than $63m in career earnings. For a kid who was the product of a broken family, who overcame homelessness, who subsisted on free lunch programs, who wore hand-me-down clothes, who couldn’t afford shoes big enough for his feet, and who hailed from a town that has gained infamy as the site of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, Brown looks more like a great American success story than another caption entry for the all-time bust slideshow. (You can’t tell Brown his life isn’t gonna be a movie someday…) Not even Lenny Cooke – the phenom who at one point was the highest-rated prospect in a high school cohort that included James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Amar’e Stoudemire – has to suffer smirking hoops heads rehashing his Icarus-like fall. Where Cooke is seen as a sympathetic figure, Brown draws nothing but ire. Perhaps things would have been different if, like Cooke, he hadn’t made the NBA at all. Take the No 1 pick out of the equation, and Brown’s an upgrade over the vast majority of tall and stiff forward-centers who came before him. He can’t help it if the Wizards liked him more than Tyson Chandler (second overall), Pau Gasol (third) or Tony Parker (28th). What’s more, it wasn’t as if Brown was on some post-playing quest to rewrite the warped popular narrative about him. He was minding his own business when Barnes and Jackson came for him. Now, I’m not telling you anything Brown doesn’t say himself. And not all of his counterattacks were in bounds. In addition to the n-bombs and other explosive insults, his meandering rants don’t hold back on expletives or casual misogyny. But if you can stomach that, you’re gonna love when he takes partial credit for Kobe’s 81-point game in 2006. Brown, a more than serviceable “dirty work” player, firmly believes Kobe would not have been able to post those numbers if Brown wasn’t his teammate setting hard screens. 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If you're a fan of Harry Styles or Taylor Swift (or both), then chances are you're very familiar with the saga of Haylor. Despite breaking up nearly two years ago, shippers of this relationship won't let it end. In fact, when Taylor Swift sang about Styles on 1989, it led to a whole new set of rumors that these two still loved each other. While that's not something anyone can conclusively comment on (besides the two themselves), we can take a look back at the relationship and see how it was good while it lasted. So how long did it last exactly? When did Taylor Swift and Harry Styles date?
Honestly, it really does feel like a distant memory, but here's your answer: Styles and Swift began dating in fall 2012, but they weren't officially photographed together until December. By January, they had called it quits. Even after it ended, there seemed to not be hard feelings (well, aside from a few digs Swift made). Styles even had positive things to say about Swift's songs about him on her 1989 album:
Glad he approves! While short-lived, it seemed special nevertheless. Here's a timeline of Haylor's romance:
Rumors spread that the two were dating after Swift was spotted wearing a silver airplane necklace, which matched Styles'. If you're Swift-savvy, you may also remember the reference from "Out of the Woods," where she talks about being "two paper airplanes flying, flying, flying."
The first time Harry Styles and Taylor Swift were photographed together was in the beginning of December. They adorably were seen walking through Central Park together and visiting the zoo. Of course she wore a fox sweater to celebrate the occasion. (So appropriate, yet so fashionable!)
There's also that alleged snowmobile accident, which she also references in "Out of the Woods" that resulted in 20 stitches and a trip to the hospital room. Since snowy activities happen in winter, I'm lumping that into the December timeframe, since they didn't date too long in January.
The pair broke up in January. If we're being exact, it was on Jan. 7, 2013 that Perez Hilton first reported that they were dunzo. According to Perez, Swift and Styles vacationed in the British Virgin Islands together and split soon after that. Apparently this was the reason:
Of course, no one knows how legit that source was, but it definitely could make sense.
Months later, Styles told Us Weekly, "It would be hypocritical for me to say she couldn't do it because everybody writes songs based on personal experience. I can't say I'd have dated someone less famous to avoid it." Basically, Styles predicted Swift would write a song about him and if so, there would be no hard feelings.
In her interview with Rolling Stone, Swift admitted she hadn't dated anyone since Styles. "I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of national pastime. And I'm just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore." She told the magazine that she hasn't sworn off love forever, but she just doesn't have the energy right now. Plus, she's perfectly happy living the single life:
Styles' prediction came true. There are not one, but supposedly three songs about Styles on Swift's 1989. From "Style" to "Out of the Woods" to "Wonderland," there seem to be plenty of clues in her lyrics that these tracks are about him. While the relationship may have not worked out, it provided plenty of inspiration for songs. At least that's an upside!
Phew, that was a lot to follow! In case you need a refresher, here's a handy recap using emojis:
Taylor Swift sparks wedding rumours with Joe Alwyn as she wears bridal gown in video for new single Willow
TAYLOR Swift has sparked rumours that she secretly married her British actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
The 30-year-old singer has left fans convinced she is secretly wed as she appeared to be wearing a wedding dress in the artwork for her new single Willow.
Taylor wears a delicate ivory lace gown by Zimmermann with a white floral crown in the music video for Willow that will drop later today.
Fans rushed to Twitter to speculate that Taylor is married with one asking: "ARE YOU MARRIED"
Another added: "Happy wedding."
A third asked: "Is Taylor Swift going to reveal that she’s MARRIED or NOT"
Taylor teased she would be making a "personal announcement" today and fans suspected it might be about her boyfriend Joe, 29, after rumours swirled that they were engaged.
But that hasn't stopped the rumour mill going into overdrive as she wore a bridal gown in the promotional shot for her single Willow.
Joe is a British actor who starred in Oscar winner The Favourite as well as the critically-acclaimed The Sense of an Ending.
The Sun's Bizarre column exclusively revealed in May 2017 how Taylor had been dating Joe since 2016.
A source at the time said: “Taylor and Joe are the real deal, this is a very serious relationship.
“But after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet.”
Taylor dated Harry Styles from November 2012 to January 2013 and also dated Calvin Harris for 15 months from March 2015.
Confirming the new romance, a close friend said: “This isn’t a new couple alert or a secret relationship - the only people this has been a secret to is the media because all of us, Taylor and Joe’s closest friends and their families, were aware they have been together for several months and have known each other for a long time.
“After her 1989 tour and all the attention Taylor received, she learned she had to be more protective of her personal life and she and Joe decided early on to keep their private life private.”
The superstar has homes in the US but she has been spending large stretches of time in England as it is where her actor boyfriend Joe is from.
This afternoon Taylor announced her surprise ninth album Evermore will be out tonight.
And she took to Instagram to tell fans: "I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern.
"It’s called evermore. To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs.
"To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music.
"We chose to wander deeper in. I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released.