In a revealing and candid interview with Rolling Stone, Harry Styles opens up about his successful career in One Direction as well as his upcoming new solo album following the release of his first single, “Sign of the Times.”
The 1D star revisits his famed past relationship with Taylor Swift with immense detail, and also delves into the symbolic meaning and inspiration behind the more serious new track, which he attributes to a mother struggling with childbirth. While this is a big departure from his usual happy go-lucky themes, Styles is headed to a new direction where his influences are a lot “older.”
So what does that mean for the fan girls who have always been in a younger following bracket for Styles? When asked about the pressures of entering into an older demographic, the singer gets quite passionate about the subject and defends his beloved young fans.
“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music — short for popular, right? — have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy,” Styles questioned. “That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious?”
Always loyal to his fans, Styles continued on his tirade that his young fan base is much more than what people continue to see them.
“How can you say young girls don’t get it?” Styles pointed out. “They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going.”
Although Styles is entering into an older crowd with his new music, his credibility continues to be sought out by the very fans who started this journey with him and he’s totally cool with that. “Teenage-girl fans — they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”