Harry Styles recalls feeling ‘ashamed’ about his sex life

Harry Styles has candidly revealed he felt ashamed of his sex life, admitting it ‘felt like the only thing that was mine.’

The hitmaker – whose third album is slated for imminent release – has begun to navigate his way through intimacy-related issues, a journey he detailed in a new interview.

Trust was a difficult concept for the 28-year-old, former member of teen-favorite boyband One Direction, as he explained to Better Homes and Gardens.

'It felt like the only thing that was mine was my sex life': Harry Styles recalled feeling 'ashamed' about intimacy and admitted it was 'stressful' learning who he could trust (pictured this month

‘It felt like the only thing that was mine was my sex life’: Harry Styles recalled feeling ‘ashamed’ about intimacy and admitted it was ‘stressful’ learning who he could trust (pictured this month

He said: ‘For a long time, it felt like the only thing that was mine was my sex life. I felt so ashamed about it, ashamed at the idea of ​​people even knowing that I was having sex, let alone who with.

‘At the time, there were still the kiss-and-tell things. Working out who I could trust was stressful.’

Luckily for the Watermelon Sugar pop singer, his perspective switched, and he questioned his shame owing to the fact he’s young and single – ‘it’s like, yes, I have sex’, he said.

Journey: The hitmaker - whose third album is slated for imminent release - has begun to navigate his way through intimacy-related issues (pictured 2018)

Journey: The hitmaker – whose third album is slated for imminent release – has begun to navigate his way through intimacy-related issues (pictured 2018)

During the era of his second, Brit-nominated album Fine Line in 2019, Harry faced scrutiny surrounding his sexuality.

The singer, who hails from Worcestershire and maintains a tight-knit group of friends, said it is a ‘bizarre and outdated’ expectation to publicly announce who he’d slept with and how he defined.

‘I’ve been really open with it with my friends, but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine. The whole point of where we should be heading, which is toward accepting everybody and being more open, is that it doesn’t matter,’ he said.

Public eye: During the era of his second, Brit-nominated album Fine Line in 2019, former One Direction member Harry, 28, faced scrutiny surrounding his sexuality (pictured May 2019)

Public eye: During the era of his second, Brit-nominated album Fine Line in 2019, former One Direction member Harry, 28, faced scrutiny surrounding his sexuality (pictured May 2019)

With a thriving discography taking his career to new heights, Harry, who has also placed a firm foot in the door of acting, promises his new record, Harry’s House, to be the most ‘intimate’ album yet.

With a flurry of anticipation building up to its May 20 release date, the Dunkirk star said that its level of commercial success will not dictate ‘whether his life is over’, and instead is placing focus on making his loved ones – and future children – proud.

During the height of lockdown, the solo star spent six weeks doing ‘practically nothing’, including removing himself from writing and recording music – which paved the way for him to realize his past schedule had expedited avoidance.

Harry addressed that whether it be friends or people he’d dated, he was always ‘gone’ before difficult conversations could arise.

New tunes: With a thriving discography taking his career to new heights, Harry, who has also placed a firm foot in the door of acting, promises his new record, Harry's House, to be the most 'intimate' album yet (pictured this month )

New tunes: With a thriving discography taking his career to new heights, Harry, who has also placed a firm foot in the door of acting, promises his new record, Harry’s House, to be the most ‘intimate’ album yet (pictured this month )

It has been over a decade since curly-haired, 16-year-old Harry auditioned for The X Factor, where he was placed in the judge-curated boyband One Direction, alongside Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik.

And even now, as his musical abilities take him from strength-to-strength and country-to-country, the pop star confessed he sometimes expects somebody to turn around and say: “The jig is up, you’re done now.”

This was a feeling that engulfed an apprehensive Harry during his One Direction days and the first few years as a soloist, with him admitting he was ‘terrified’ of it all ending because he ‘didn’t necessarily know who he was’ without music.

Career-starting: He has been over a decade since curly-haired, 16-year-old Harry auditioned for The X Factor, where he was placed in the judge-curated boyband One Direction (from LR: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry , Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, 2010)

Career-starting: He has been over a decade since curly-haired, 16-year-old Harry auditioned for The X Factor, where he was placed in the judge-curated boyband One Direction (from LR: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry , Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, 2010)

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