Considering his legion of obsessed fans, it was always likely that every lyric on Harry Styles’ debut solo album would be pored over for intimate details about his private life.
But the former One Direction-er has made sure of it, revealing the upcoming album is almost entirely about a famous ex-flame – but he won’t say which one.
“She’s a huge part of the album,” the 23-year-old mysteriously told Rolling Stone, in a lengthy feature penned by former music journo and Oscar-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe.
“Sometimes you want to tip the hat, and sometimes you just want to give them the whole cap… and hope they know it’s just for them,” he said.
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Styles – who debuted his lead single, the ballsy Prince-riffing Sign Of The Times, earlier this month – has had his share of tabloid-grabbing relationships.
While Crowe hints that recent hookup Kendall Jenner – Kim Kardashian’s half-sister, whom Styles dated through 2014 (sparking the cute tabloid nickname ‘Hendall’) – is likely the album’s muse, the feature sees Styles finally opening up about a more notorious split, with fellow musician Taylor Swift.
The two dated for a few months in late 2012, under the awkward glare of paparazzi lenses that captured their first autumnal Central Park outing.
“Relationships are hard, at any age. 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,” Styles said.
“I mean, you’re a little bit awkward to begin with. You’re on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience, for sure. But at the heart of it – I just wanted it to be a normal date.”
The pair’s time together inspired at least two Swift hits long speculated to be written about Styles: Out Of The Woods and Style, from her multi-platinum 1989.
“I mean, I don’t know if they’re about me or not. But the issue is, she’s so good, they’re bloody everywhere,” Styles said about the hits, adding that the two haven’t privately discussed the songs.
“I’m lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That’s what hits your heart. That’s the stuff that’s hardest to say, and it’s the stuff I talk least about,” he said.
“That’s the part that’s about the two people. I’m never going to tell anybody everything.”
Styles’ self-titled album – executive-produced by Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys) and already earning praise for its topless, “millennial pink”-hued, “gender-bending” cover art – is due for release on May 12.