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Harry Styles Speaks on Being Seen as a Sex Symbol

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Harry Styles admitted that he was hesitant to go to therapy because he didn’t want to appear “broken,” Once he did, he saw rooms within himself open up. 

In a new extended digital edition of his interview with Better Homes & Garden, the “As It Was” singer opened up about his mental health, admitting that he was hesitant to pursue treatment because he didn’t want to be a music business cliché.  He told the publication, “I assumed that meant you were broken.” “I wanted to be able to claim I didn’t require it.” 

Five years ago, the 28-year-old began counseling and began to “open up areas within himself,” he claimed. “I think that accepting life, being happy, hurting in the extremes is the most alive you can be,” Harry continued, explaining how he would “emotionally coast” instead of completely understanding his emotions before seeking counseling. 

“Losing it crying, losing it laughing—I don’t think there’s any way to feel more alive than that,” he continued. 

Harry also revealed in his interview that some of his trauma stems from his time in One Direction.  According to the former boy bander, he used to try to please people and believed he needed to have a friendly demeanor in order to be liked. He says he didn’t feel “free” until he signed a contract for his self-titled solo album in 2017. 

And while many people think of Harry as a sex symbol, he hasn’t always been comfortable with the label. 

“For a long time, it felt like my sex life was the only thing I had,” he added. “I felt so guilty about it, mortified that anyone would even know I was having sex, let alone with whom.” 

As someone who has been in the public glare since he was a teenager, Harry confessed that he used to have trouble deciding who he could trust with personal information. 

“There were still kiss-and-tell situations at the time. It was difficult to figure out who I could trust, “said Harry. “But I guess I reached a point where I wondered why I was humiliated. I’m a single 26-year-old male; it’s like, yes, I have sex.” 

When it comes to questions about his sexuality, Harry believes that labeling oneself is “outdated.”  “I’ve been quite open about it with my friends,” he explained, “but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine.” “It doesn’t matter, and it’s about not having to label everything, not having to specify what boxes you’re checking,” says the author. 

On March 31, Harry released “As It Was,” the first song from his upcoming album Harry’s House. The singer called the song a “metamorphosis” and said he is now at a moment in his career where he doesn’t have to worry about “commercial success” and can focus on making “fun” music instead. 

“I simply want to make stuff that is right, that is fun to do in terms of the process, that I can be proud of for a long time, that my friends can be proud of, that my family can be proud of, that my kids will be proud of one day,” he continued. 

Harry’s House is set to hit theaters on May 20.

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