Harry Styles BiographyHarry Edward Styles is an English singer and actor, formerly the youngest member of the world-famous boy band One Direction.
The first album of this band topped the charts in multiple countries and was the first in British history to lead the American Billboard 200, earning them a place in the Guinness World Records. Later, Harry embarked on a solo career, which has been equally successful (his third solo album 'Harry's House' won a Grammy for "Album of the Year"). Also, the charismatic Brit made his film debut under Christopher Nolan, scoring a role in the movie "Dunkirk".
Childhood and Early CareerThe future star performer was born on February 1, 1994 in Redditch, a town located in the northeast of the ceremonial county of Worcestershire, England, becoming the second child of Anne Cox and Desmond Styles.
In 2001, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother and older sister, Gemma, to the rural parish of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Later, his mother remarried, and he gained an older stepbrother, Mike, the son of his stepfather Robin Twist.
Harry's interest in music and singing emerged in his childhood. According to him, the works of Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles significantly influenced his career as a musician. After school, he worked in a bakery and honed his vocal talent.
During his school years, he and three friends formed a music group called White Eskimo. The band became popular enough to win an amateur boy band contest with their hit "Summer of 69."
This experience helped the teenager understand that he enjoyed performing in front of an audience and that music was his calling. Notably, he served as the quartet's frontman and named the band, later coming up with an equally successful name for his current band, One Direction.
X-FactorAt the age of 16, the young man attended the casting of the British talent show "X-Factor", intending to get professional opinions and secretly dreaming of getting a fantastic opportunity to develop his solo career. At the audition, he performed the song "Isn't She Lovely" by the American singer and composer Stevie Wonder and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by the British rock band Oasis.
Before the final, the show's judges rejected his application, but made an unexpected offer to form a group with four other singers, his rivals, and continue the march to victory in a new lineup: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson.
In the end, presented to the jury as One Direction, these young men became some of the most popular participants. They finished in 3rd place in the show and secured a contract with Syco Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music.
One DirectionAfter the show, the singer and other participants of the project embarked on a concert tour. They then worked on their first album "Up All Night". The recording took place in the UK, Sweden, and the USA. The album was released in November 2011, making the musician and the entire group famous.
In December, they undertook a solo tour of Britain, and in April 2012, they began a journey across Australia and North America. Tickets for all their performances were completely sold out – long before the start of the performance, the ticket offices were adorned with a "sold out" sign.
Riding the wave of success, the musicians released a concert DVD, topping global charts, a book that took the top spot on the Sunday Times' bestseller list, and the record "What Makes You Beautiful", which won at the Brit Awards 2012, the British equivalent of the Grammys. The boy band also won three categories at the Teen Choice Awards.
In the spring of 2012, in Stockholm, the group began creating their second studio album "Take Me Home", which was released half a year later. The song "Live While We're Young", representing the album, once again broke popularity records, as did the album itself, which topped the charts in 35 countries. In December of the same year, the star ensemble performed in New York and then embarked on another tour, which included over a hundred concerts. Their performances were consistently successful. In New Zealand and Australia, ticket sales reached nearly $16 million.
The lead single of the band's third album "Midnight Memories", released in November 2013, was the song "Best Song Ever". It also became the main soundtrack of the documentary "One Direction: This Is Us", which premiered in August. The film's box office exceeded $60 million, and the album surpassed the sales volume of the previous disc, taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. For the first time in history, a group's first three albums topped the authoritative American list of most popular music groups.
In December 2013, another record of the boy band was set – in 3 days of sales in Britain of their film "One Direction: This Is Us" on DVD and BD, the number of sold copies reached 270 thousand, far exceeding the previous maximum sales of 10 thousand belonging to the film "Michael Jackson: This Is It".
In April 2014, as part of the group, the singer became a participant of the world tour "Where We Are Tour", and in November, the fourth musical album "Four" was released, again taking the top spot on the Billboard 200. The tour in its support was named "On the Road Again Tour". From April 2015, the number of group members was reduced to four. The farewell to Zayn Malik, who announced his departure, was warm and touching – Harry couldn't hold back his tears, crying on stage.
Styles has repeatedly noted in interviews that he constantly works on developing and improving his abilities, wherever he is. The process of writing songs does not stop for a single day. Moreover, the young man is not limited to creating musical compositions for his boy band. He co-wrote songs for the Irish group "Kodaline", American pop singer Meghan Trainor. The singer is the author of the song "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart", which was included by Ariana Grande in her album "My Everything". He wrote many songs together with Johnny McDaid as well.
At the beginning of 2016, the members of One Direction announced the start of a creative break. Harry Styles, who won the hearts of listeners with his extraordinary singing talent, naturally curly long hair, wide smile and playful manner, decided to focus on solo projects.
Solo CareerImmediately after One Direction announced their effective disbandment, several record studios, including Apple, approached Styles with offers, promising him $25 million for a single music album. However, the young artist signed a contract with Columbia Records for three albums, for which he was expected to receive $80 million.
In late March 2017, Harry released his solo composition "Sign of the Times". Later, it became the title track of the eponymous album, which premiered on May 12. The album consisted of 10 tracks. Styles' solo project was destined for success: his first song, and later the entire album, topped the American charts. In 2018, Harry was awarded two music awards.
In 2019, Harry Styles released his second solo album "Fine Line" consisting of 12 tracks. To four of them, to the delight of fans, Harry also presented music videos. One of the most successful compositions on the album was the song "Adore You" – the video for this song garnered about 160 million views on YouTube.
In 2020, Harry Styles planned an American tour, but it was postponed to the next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this did not stop him from delighting fans with his creativity in other ways. During the year, Styles released several music videos, including "Watermelon Sugar" and "Golden" – each of them caused a real sensation and collected tens and hundreds of thousands of views on the video platform.
In 2022, Styles' third solo album 'Harry's House' was released, which was honored with a Grammy Award as the best album of the year. Critics highly appreciated Harry's new work, and he himself was called "a rock god of the 21st century who doesn't need to please anyone".
Roles in FilmsIn addition to his solo work, Styles has tried his hand at acting. He had previously appeared in a few films in cameo roles. In 2016, the singer was cast as Alex in the film "Dunkirk" by renowned director Christopher Nolan, which tells a real dramatic story from World War II.
Before filming, to the horror of fans, he said goodbye to his curls.
In 2021, the actor made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Eros, Thanos's brother, in the blockbuster "Eternals". Although his character only appeared in the post-credits scene, his appearance delighted Harry's fans and gave hope that he would return to the role of Eros in the future.
Next, he played one of the main roles in Olivia Wilde's thriller "Don't Worry Darling", portraying the husband of Florence Pugh's character, a woman who lives in very comfortable conditions in a wealthy suburb but gradually begins to suspect that her affluent and measured life is not what it seems. Furthermore, in 2022, he played the lead role in the melodrama "My Policeman".
Harry Styles' Personal LifeThe musician is unmarried but is known for his impressive list of romantic escapades. The press and a legion of fans closely follow his personal life.
When he was 15 years old, he had a year-long relationship with a girl named Felicity Skinner. She later described him as a shy and romantic teenager.
In 2011, while participating in X-Factor, he dated TV presenter Caroline Flack. He was 17 years old and she was 32, which led to criticism among his fans. By then, his fan base had grown so large that it included some irrational individuals who continually insulted Caroline. In January 2012, he announced on Twitter that they had parted ways but remained friends.
From November 2012 to January 2013, he was romantically involved with American singer Taylor Swift. After their breakup, she described their relationship as "fragile and full of obstacles." She mentioned the failed romance in her songs "Style" and "Out Of The Woods", and he did the same in "Perfect", co-written with Louis Tomlinson.
There were rumors about a supposed romance between Harry and his bandmate, Louis Tomlinson. They were accused of having a gay relationship after a photo of them kissing appeared online. Louis said that at first, he found these rumors amusing, but it soon stopped being funny as he was dating model Eleanor Calder at the time.
There were also reports of a romantic attachment between the musician and top model Cara Delevingne, but these rumors were denied by the singer in September 2013.
From the end of 2013, Harry was often seen in the company of Kendall Jenner, TV star and younger sister of Kim Kardashian. In January 2014 and December 2015, they vacationed together with Harry's parents and his friend Jeff Azoff. However, due to their busy schedules, their relationship was unstable. In January 2016, they allegedly broke up, but in September, they were spotted again on a romantic date in a Los Angeles restaurant.
In 2017, Harry started dating model Camille Rowe, who reportedly inspired his second solo album. Their breakup was announced in July 2018.
In 2020, Harry won the Billboard Music Awards 2020, but he couldn't attend the ceremony. TikTok star Addison Rae picked up the award on his behalf, which, of course, sparked a wave of emotions and suspicions about a romantic relationship. However, these rumors were not commented on by either the singer or the blogger.
For nearly two years, Styles was romantically linked to actress and director Olivia Wilde, with whom he worked on the film "Don't Worry Darling." Rumors suggested that Olivia initiated their romance shortly after leaving her husband Jason Sudeikis. In November 2022, Harry and Olivia parted ways. This relationship was noted to be the longest one for Styles.
In the summer of 2023, news broke out about Harry Styles' romance with Canadian actress Taylor Russell. A close friend of Styles told journalists that Harry is "head over heels in love":
He loves spending as much time with her as he can. He has a very busy schedule. He also sees a future with her. Everything is very serious. Harry is determined..
On December 22, 2016, fans could see their idol in issue #26 of GQ Magazine among the 50 most stylish men, according to readers and the expert jury.
The star has about forty tattoos, several of which are dedicated to family members. Interestingly, his sister Gemma works as a journalist for The Debrief. The singer participates in many charity events, loves sports, and doesn't eat sweets. The family has a beloved cat named Dusty.
Harry Styles NowHarry continues to successfully juggle music and cinema. Likely, he will play the leading role in Dan Gilroy's drama "Faster, Cheaper, Better".
In 2023, his net worth reached 150 million pounds, placing him 13th in the list of "35 richest U.K. people under 35". Previously, he was recognized as the wealthiest British musician under 30. His Love Tour, which concluded in the summer of 2023, significantly contributed to this, with a total revenue of $617 million.
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