Most One Direction member have made efforts to embark on a solo career and Harry Styles is no exception. Heartthrob Harry (as we like to refer to him) will debut his single on 7 April 2017. Although there has been no official One Direction split, it seems that Zayn’s leave from the group may have inspired the change in direction for most of, well, One Direction. Just ahead of Harry’s single release it seemed fitting to discuss some of the highlights in his career SO FAR.
Before One Direction existed, Harry was the front man for a band called White Eskimo. Members of the band were made up school friends that attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. The band was popular enough to win a Battle of the Bands competition when he was Grade 10. Clearly, Harry is the common denominator when it came to White Eskimo and One Direction.
In 2016, when he was just 16 years old, he auditioned for The X Factor U.K where he sang Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely. The judges determined that he would be more successful in a group along his fellow competitors: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik AKA One Direction. Although they only came third in the competition, Simon Cowell decided to sign the group to his record label Cowell’s Syco.
Harry’s love life has been obsessively followed by fans and the media. One of his most famous match-ups was with Taylor Swift in November 2012. The couple officially called off their relationship in January 2013. Most people labelled their fling a whirlwind romance. Both have reportedly referred to one another with the use of song lyrics. Taylor Swift reportedly refers to Harry in her song Trouble and Harry refers to Taylor Swift in One Direction’s song Perfect.
The rumor mill went crazy when Harry was originally linked to Kendall Jenner. The two were never caught kissing but they were caught on romantic vacations away to Anguilla and St. Barts. It definitely seemed like they were more than friends but there were no official romance announcements.
Okay, enough romance. let’s get back to his career. Harry landed his first movie role in March 2016. This proved to be Harry’s first solo act. Director Christopher Nolan cast Harry in the war movie Dunkirk that will premier in America 21 July 2017. One Directioners remember this move because Harry had reportedly chopped off his famous locks for the role. Later Harry revealed that he had actually made the cut for charity – The Little Princess Trust.
In June 2016 Harry signed his first solo deal with Columbia Records. Surprisingly, it was Niall Horan who released his first solo song This Town, not Harry. Harry will also be appearing on Saturday Night Life for the first time April 2017. One thing is for sure, 2017 is building up to be one of the most memorable years in Harry Styles career!
By: Kriszti Bottyan