In less than a month, the debut solo album from One Direction’s Harry Styles will enter our orbit, and with it will come answers to every burning question made the subject of many an international inquiry on fan forums since he became a global pop commodity.
So now that Styles is embarking on his own musical endeavors apart from One Direction, of course that liason is coming back up."I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. I hadn't done that before." There isn't a yellow light he doesn't run as he speaks excitedly about the band he's put together under the tutelage of producer Jeff Bhasker (The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, "Uptown Funk").He's full of stories about the two-month recording session last fall at Geejam, a studio and compound built into a mountainside near Port Antonio, a remote section of Jamaica."When I see photos from that day," he says, "I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. But at the heart of it – I just wanted it to be a normal date." When it comes to the music Styles is making himself, as he alluded before, it'll be centered around what he has gone through in the past several years.
And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier. He hinted at a more recent relationship -- without naming names -- that drove a lot of inspiration for his first solo record (which comes out May 12).With a self-effacing smile, a hint of darkness and the hair invariably described as "tousled," he became a canvas onto which millions of fans pitched their hopes and dreams.