One Direction’s Harry Styles Addresses Bisexuality Rumors

Harry Styles GQ Cover
All five members of One Direction will be individually gracing their own cover of GQ's UK edition this upcoming September. To commemorate that fact, the boys were also interviewed by the magazine, and it was during that interview that Styles was asked point blank about his alleged bisexuality. According to GQ and E! News, rumor has had it for months now that Styles has been engaging in a relationship TV and radio host Nick Grimshaw. 

His answer? "Bisexual? Me? I don't think so. I'm pretty sure I'm not." He went on to say…

"Some of them are funny. Some of them are ridiculous. Some of them are annoying. I don't want to be one of those people that complains about the rumours. I never like it when a celebrity goes on Twitter and says, 'This isn't true!' It is what it is; I tend not to do that. The only time it gets really annoying is that if you get into a relationship and you get into a place where you really like someone and then things are being written in the papers that affect them and how they see you. Then it can get annoying."

One hopes that this isn't an instance where Styles finds the rumors to be "annoying". Otherwise, he might want to give a more committal response. 

Comments

  1. MateoM says

    Maybe he is straight. But if he weren’t I highly doubt he would come forward with it. There’s far too much money at stake and far too many people depending on that money for such a revelation to occur.

  2. JMC says

    I don’t really think Harry being bi would hurt One Direction’s bottom line at all – the band plays up homoeroticism like crazy and all their diehard fans fetishize homosexuality as it is. Girls could still imagine him falling for them. It’s not as if he’s gay like Louis obviously is lol

  3. ian says

    any straight guy would just state that fact; “i’m straight”, and probably , since he’s an entertainer go on to say how much he appreciates his gay fans etc. To me this is another non-denial denial. Sure he’s not Bi, and as a gay man neither am I.

  4. Caliban says

    Could we all *please* just agree that “boy bands” are pretty much the lowest common denominator when it comes to music, designed to appeal to peri-pubertal girls and a few gay boys of the same age, and there’s nothing inherently interesting about them?

    OK, I take that back. From a sociological POV it’s mildly interesting that this group tends to play at and hint homoeroticism to the degree they do. But perhaps that makes them even more acceptable because “teen idols” are supposed to be non-threatening sex objects who won’t make demands on their female admirers, who aren’t ready for sex.

    To me it’s just depressing when adult gay men start idolizing them too.

  5. Francis #1 says

    That’s a question for the teenage One Direction fans, Terry. They’re basically the ones driving the rumors.

    As for Harry, his gender neutral pronouns and basically dancing around calling himself straight are noted and obvious. He knows his truth. I don’t consider that attractive to begin with, and I don’t care what his orientation is, but you can best believe he would not come out if he is gay.

  6. daws says

    I find it insulting that this is a thing. Apparently if a celebrity shows signs of being anything other than straight then they’re a circus freak. Look! A bisexual! That’s newsworthy!

  7. Adam says

    Liberalism is about making bisexuality acceptable for women, not for men. It’s based on the porn standard wherein all women are expected to be bisexual in order to be considered sexy by liberals. If a man says he’s bisexual, the same liberals would consider him to not be as sexy as bisexual women.

    Why the double standard? Women. Women are sellers by nature. They will wh’ore out their sexuality (including acting bisexual even if they aren’t) to men if there’s a reward waiting for them. Such women consider bisexual men a threat because such men interfere with her ability to compete for the attention of reward-givers (ie men).

    Liberals can cope with the male homosexual act but only if it is segregated. Male bisexuality means de-segregation.Ultimately, it is women, the true beneficiaries of liberalism, who are the true enemy of the male homosexual act.

  8. Adam says

    Liberals are enemies of the de-segregated male homosexual act. Liberal women see such de-segregated acts as a threat to her ability to market herself to men.

  9. says

    Anderson Cooper had it correct when he called the boys of One Direction twinks. That is why I enjoy them. As to if any of them are gay, bi or straight, I only really care about Liam. *evil grin*

    Also, we all know that Simon Cowel is stuck in the musical Stone Age when it comes to sexuality even if the fans of those groups are much more 21st Century in their views.

    It wouldn’t hurt One Direction if any of them came out of the closet, but until that day, it is still nice to dream.

  10. GregV says

    “One hopes that this isn’t an instance where Styles finds the rumors to be “annoying”. Otherwise, he might want to give a more committal response. ”

    I don’t understsnd this commentary. I would agree that baseless rumors about being gay or bisexual are annoying. Imagine of some busybody at your office watercooler were constantly saying when someone leaves the room, “Did you see how John sat on the couch next to a man at the staff meeting? i’ll bet he’s bisexual… I saw Fred give a man a hug last week. I bet he’s a gay!” L
    Those kind of rumors that make being gay or bi something scandalous are truly annoying.

    And as for saying something “more commutal,” I completely disagree. I wish every straight celebrity would start answering as some of the more enlightened one do already. (Something like: “Who I date should not affect my career positively or negatively. I can play gay, straight or bi on stage and I shouldn’t need to deny or clarify anything to get cast in a role.)

    To me that’s classy. What I don’t like is when an actor Tweets to the world something like “I want everyone to know I am absolutely NOT gay and NOT bisexual!”

  11. RJ S says

    “One hopes that this isn’t an instance where Styles finds the rumors to be “annoying”. Otherwise, he might want to give a more committal response. ”

    That’s a horrible sentiment to express, and shame on you.

    No, I’m not being sassy – seriously, that’s a gross and uncomfortable sentiment to try and pass off casually.

  12. micheal d says

    my first thought was “who cares”
    but, then, after really thinking about it for a bit i thought “why is there black lint in my belly button? i haven’t worn a black shirt in days!” and then i realized that it wasn’t black lint, it was blue lint and it was from my towel, which is blue.
    and it also made me realize that there really isn’t anything good to watch on television tuesday nights

  13. JMC says

    oh my god lol I truly feel like a reality show about Adam moving back in with his mom would be the best thing to ever happen to my DVR, these mommy issues are SEVERE

  14. Adam says

    JMC,

    Lol, you just don’t want to admit that liberal women exploit the bisexual double standard to oppress male homosexuality. It’s time to turn the screws on these liberal women – severely.

  15. JMC says

    yeah yeah i know women are entirely to blame for our oppression despite the fact that we live in a patriarchal society, i’ve read your rants before lol

  16. Audi-owner says

    @ JMC Stop feeding the KKKonservative trolls. Towleroad better start moderating their comments because the KKKonservative anti-gay racists are out of hand and have made this site a garbage pit. That said,why does any grown adult gay man give a S*** about Harry Styles? Most of us know a gay guy when we see one. I doubt he’s even really bisexual. So many youngsters in that industry try to play it off as if they are heterosexual but when they get older,what happens? They come out of the closet as *GAY*. Ricky Martin and Lance Bass for 2 examples of this. Let the little teen/tween bitches have him. It’s not like they will ever have a chance with him anyway. Same goes for the Justin Bieber idiots.

  17. ElCid says

    Does anyone know “Pink is the new blog (everybody’s business is my business)” website? Well, posts like this one make Towleroad looks EXACTLY like that.

    RJ Aguiar, it’s cool for you to be interested in 1D members sexuality, specially if you fantasize about them. But please, do not make a news subject of that, because it is not. I came to this site running away of all that stupidity.

  18. james says

    I like that his answer is “I don’t think so” that is actually pretty progressive, like he is leaving himself open to the possibility that he may at some point be attracted to a man.

  19. Hagatha says

    I refer you to Ricky Martin’s answer ” I am a heterosexual Puerto Rican male.” and of course Boy George and George Michael, Jon Secada, Nick whathisname …..

  20. David says

    He says his response like hes a politician here in America. As the previous comments on here state. If he were straight he wouldve stated “I’m straight”. That wouldve been the end of it. He states on and on how annoying if one is in a relationship, blah, blah, etc. Sounds to me if you are following the money yes he would have much to lose as well as folks up and down the food chain of his career. Then again in this era of acceptance come out and see where folks stand. I really do not know this person and what he does for a living but if you’re queer then you’re queer. If you’re straight state it to the world if you’re a celebrity and let’s all move on. That’s all folks.

  21. anna says

    Adam, I agree there is a bisexual double standard, but I think its simply because straight men’s pleasure has been privilege’d in society so whatever turns them on is encouraged and whatever doesn’t is to be segregated and hidden away.

    Hopefully things change.

  22. Hagatha says

    What I want to know is how Jon Secada turned black. I wonder if he was Michael Jackson’s picture of Dorian Grey, as Michael got lighter Jon got darker.

  23. GregV says

    From the GQ article:
    On Harry’s rumoured relationship with Nick Grimshaw:
    Harry:”What rumours would they be?”
    GQ: That you’re an item.
    Harry: “Oh, really? I didn’t even know. We’re not dating, no. We’re just friends.”

    I like this response. He’s asked of he’s dating Nick and he says he’s not. There’s no horror at the suggestion over the fact Nick is male.

    The interviewer then asks:

    “GQ: So you’re not bisexual?”

    This is a stupid follow-up question. The fact he is not dating one particular person does not imply anything about what kind of person he will date.

    When asked if rumors are annoying, Harry says:

    “The only time it gets really annoying is that if you get into a relationship and you get into a place where you really like someone and then things are being written in the papers that affect them and how they see you. Then it can get annoying.”

    That response sounds VERY reasonable. If I had a famous partner and my friends and family had come to value our relationship, I probably wouldn’t appreciate if when my mom turned on the TV there were people saying falsely that he/she is sexually involved with a bandmate or that he/she is a liar.

    ALL of his answers here are classy, reasonable snd completely devoid of any homophobic reaction.

  24. Lymis says

    “Could we all *please* just agree that “boy bands” are pretty much the lowest common denominator when it comes to music, designed to appeal to peri-pubertal girls and a few gay boys of the same age, and there’s nothing inherently interesting about them?”

    No.

    I pretty much don’t care about the private lives of most musicians or musical groups, and let their music stand on its own. I’ll admit that there haven’t been any boy band groups I’ve followed closely, but some of them have had songs I enjoyed, just like many other artists.

    Just because something is slickly packaged and popular, doesn’t make it inherently worthless.

    For that matter, I’m not willing to say that just because something appeals to an age group I’m not in, that my preferences are “inherently interesting” and theirs are inherently invalid.

    If I like a song, I’ll listen to it. If not, I won’t. I don’t have to trash the group or any individual artist. I can just say I don’t care for the song.

  25. EM says

    Right on the day this interview flew out, Harry made some very pointed references onstage at his concert to the fact he’s not a lesbian either. And then came some quite interesting Twitter quotes which if you are British you’ll probably understand but which a lot of his younger fans just never do.

    And since there’s no real way of knowing who says WHAT in print interviews and even if it’s been said at all (and not cooked up by their PR teams and the publishers of the mag), there seems to me a real divide between private Harry who is cool and doesn’t care, even promotes himself as open-minded, and the presses views on him.

    Tbh I would say he’s straining to come out. They won’t let him of course, until this thing is all over and the coffers are dry. This pop group are supposed to have a ‘break’ next year anyway so the madness around them should die down and perhaps they can be themselves. It must be very hard to be under such pressure to conform and give yourself to everyone, esp. when your fanbase is made up of girls who seriously think they are going to marry you someday. ; Those are my views, rightly or wrongly. I think Harry’s autobiography would be very interesting to read in a few years.

  26. EM says

    *Harry made some very pointed references onstage at his concert to the fact he’s not a lesbian either.

    Clarification, many people think of him as a girl or girly because he’s quite feminine and sweet. His fandom nickname is Princess and I know I should even know this but hey…so basically read into the above what you will.

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