In view of the release of the album Harry’s House, anticipated by the single As it was, the British singer talks about himself: from the love for OneDirection to the gratitude towards Billie Eilish, from the power of therapy to a renewed self-knowledge, up to the road trip alone.
It is well known that Harry Styles is madly in love with Italy. The last sighting in Italy, alongside his girlfriend Olivia Wilde, dates back to a few days ago, in Civita di Bagnoregio, where he is rumored to have even bought a house. But no one knew that the British singer recently crossed our peninsula on the road, alone, away from professional pressures, in search of a sort of reset, of a new inner balance.
“It was like an indefinite journey,” the artist told Zane Lowe, on Apple Music, ahead of the release (May 20) of his third solo album, Harry’s House, anticipated by the single As It Was , already in first place in the EarOne ranking of the most aired songs on the radio. “I drove there with a friend: he, after a couple of days, came back on the plane, I stayed for a couple of weeks, alone. I went around, I had a coffee, I sat down ».
“I think I relaxed a lot, I felt like no one knew where I was. I felt like a human being,” he added. “Finally I drove all the way back, there was no one with me. I love to drive». Which were Harry’s Italian stages, it is not known, it is certain that every now and then someone noticed him and took a photo of him: on the other hand, despite being only 28 years old, he has walked the most important stages in the world for over a decade.
First of all with OneDirection, of course. “I feel really lucky to have made that kind of journey with them,” recalled Harry, speaking of his former bandmates, with whom he released his first album in 2011, Up All Night. “We have always been there for each other, we shared feelings that we could only understand by living them together. A unit that I don’t think has a price. And between us there is a great esteem that cannot be canceled out, and a deep mutual love “.
Harry also revealed a close – and particular – bond with Billie Eilish: «When it exploded, I was wondering what musician I wanted to be. In the band I felt young, but times were changing. I’ve met Billie a couple of times, but I’m indirectly very grateful to her because she’s as if she represents something to me, like “don’t worry about being a certain thing”. As if she had broken the spell, it was liberating to say “I just want to make good music”.
Harry Styles and his psychologist
The singer also returned to his work together with a psychologist: «With therapy you open a lot of doors in the house that you didn’t even know existed. You find new rooms, you explore them». From skirting the emotions, therefore, to living them intensely: “When you know that certain rooms exist within you, you feel both the good and the bad moments more strongly”. A self-knowledge that – says Harry – was born from a greater balance between work and private life.
“My profession isn’t just about who I am, it’s something I do. For a long time, if I didn’t, I didn’t know who I was. And it’s scary because you think about how you would feel if it were to end. I don’t want to be necessarily defined by what I do». The investment in the self, in fact, gave him the opportunity to “feel at ease with the person he is, to get to know that person better”. A new awareness, in fact, also emerged with the latest album.
“The release of the first single on this album was by far the most relaxed moment of any release,” concluded Harry. “I feel that my overall happiness no longer depends on how successful that song is.”
Author: Michael Zippo
Sources: VanityFair, IO Donna