Everything we learned from Harry Styles’ Apple Music interview

He talked everything from his One Direction days to why he loves Billie Eilish and what 'Harry's House' even means.
May 17, 2022 4:12 p.m. EST
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Harry Styles sat down with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 for an intimate hour-long interview that dropped yesterday, and in that hour, they covered... well, basically everything.

Harry is having a banner year -- he's days away from his latest album release, Harry’s House, and months away from the premiere of his latest film, “Don’t Worry Darling,” directed by none other than his main squeeze, Olivia Wilde.

There were tons of topics covered by the music-slash-style icon (check out his sneakers and the embroidery on his sweater in this interview, they do not disappoint), including how Harry’s House came about, why he feels like he owes a lot to Billie Eilish, and even how he still feels so much love for Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis.

Harry’s House is his absolute fave record to date

“This is my favorite album at the moment, and I love it so much,” he told Zane, adding that he didn’t expect it to be a full LP.

“I was kind of like, ‘I’d be really fun to make an album called Harry’s House, and thought about it being this smaller thing. And then it was back to that thing of, ‘Maybe that’s an album I’ll make in four years or five years or whatever.’” 

 “As I started making the album, I realized it wasn’t about the geographical location. It’s much more of an internal thing. When I took that title, put it to the songs we were making, it felt like it took on this whole new meaning and it was about -- imagine it’s a day in my house. What do I go through? A day in my mind, what do I go through in my house? I’m playing fun music. I’m playing sad music. I’m playing this, I’m playing that. Feeling stuff. Kind of like a day in the life. I like all of that stuff.”

Harry’s House gets deep and personal and Harry kind of doesn't care if you like it

Calling the album “much more intimate,” and the creative process  “so much more intimately made,” Harry echoes what he told Better Homes and Gardens back in April where he said, “It sounds like the biggest, and the most fun, but it’s by far the most intimate. Finally, it doesn’t feel like my life is over if this album isn’t a commercial success.”

The song ‘Boyfriend’ “is everything”

“It’s both acknowledging my own behaviour; it’s looking at behaviour that I’ve witnessed. I grew up with a sister, so it’s watching her date people and watching friends date people, and people don’t treat each other very nicely sometimes,” he said.

“It turned out about boyfriends because I started playing it and then saying boyfriends and then was kind of like, ‘I kind of like that. Should we go from here?’ And then just kind of kept going. And it was kind of one of those, it was one of those really quick, just say what you think of boyfriends.”

He thanks Billie Eilish for "breaking the spell" of what he thought he had to be

“Being in [One Direction], I’d always felt like we were really young. We were just really young, and it was fun and exciting because we were young,” Harry admitted. “And I had a moment seeing [Eilish] do this at such a young age where I felt like, ‘I’m not that young anymore.’ And for a while it was, how do you play that game of remaining exciting?"

"And I just had a moment where I felt like, ‘Okay, we are not the same thing.’ And in the same vein of, you’re not always going to be the young thing, I was like, ‘Okay. I would like to really think about who I would like to be as a musician.’”

He added that, “from afar, [I’m] incredibly thankful to her because I feel like she felt like she represented something to me that, I don’t know. It felt like, came in in a way that was like, ‘Don’t worry about being this thing ever,’ because she’s a lot younger than me and there’s no point in me going like, ‘Okay, how do I get back in?'”

“She totally broke the spell for me in a way that I’m very grateful for that,” he revealed. “It’s maybe weird because I’ve never told her that, but for me it just let me go. This is so unbelievably liberating to go, ‘I just want to make good music.’ That’s it. That’s what I want to do. And everything else is what it will be. And that’s kind of it.”

He feels lucky that the One Direction boys got to go through mega-fame together

“You know, I look at people who kind of went through some version of what we went through, but on their own. I’m like, I can’t imagine having done that, really,” he said. “I feel really lucky that we always had each other to be this unit that felt like you could keep each other in check and you could just have someone else who gets it. Because it’s impossible to not, at times. I think everyone experiences this, feel[ing] like, ‘Oh, everyone else is on the other side of the glass and I’m on this side of the glass, and no one really gets it.’ And I think having that is kind of priceless. I think there is very much a respect between all of us, if we did something together. And that is something that you can’t really undo. And you know, it’s like a very deep love for each other, I think.”

Being in One Direction helped him make the choice to explore therapy

“We’d go through real highs in the band and stuff, and it would always just feel like a relief. Like, ‘Oh, we didn’t fail. That feels like a massive relief.’ I never really felt like I celebrated anything,” Harry told Zane.

“And I had a great time. Like, truly. And I think sometimes, with therapy as an example, is you open a bunch of doors in your house that you didn’t know existed, you find all these rooms and you get to explore them. And then in a time when it would be easier to emotionally coast, you can no longer do that. Because you know the room exists and the scale has just widened. And you feel everything that’s bad so much harder, you feel the good moments so much harder.”

Being famous from a young age made him question who he is without the"musician" label

After admitting that he didn’t strike a great work-life balance in the beginning of his career, missing important birthdays, he told Zane, “This working is not everything about who I am, it’s something I do. And I don’t want to be defined as a person necessarily by what I do all the time. I want to be able to put that down.”

“And for a really long time, I didn’t really know who I was if I didn’t do this. And that’s really scary because you go like, ‘OK, well if this ends, am I going to be good at handling it? What am I going to feel like?’” he added.

“And I think it just gave me an opportunity to get comfortable with who I am and get to know that person a little bit more. And putting out the first single from this album was far and away the most relaxed I’ve ever felt putting anything out. I no longer feel like my overall happiness is dependent on whether a song goes here or goes here.”

He totally forgot the lyrics to some of his songs on his Fine Line tour,

“When I went into rehearsals for the tour, I had just been mixing the new album, so I had been listening to it constantly. And I guess in the first rehearsal, I’m trying to remember the words. What are these songs?” he joked.

Fans are losing it over Harry’s shifting accent throughout the interview

We can confirm that Harry is from England, but for some reason, his accent throughout the interview with Aussie Zane Lowe seems to shift into outback territory, and even a bit Irish. Fans are running with it on social media.

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