Harry Styles isn’t one to discuss his relationships publicly. While he’s someone who prefers to keep his personal life out of the public eye, the 21st-century rockstar is more than willing to be vulnerable through his music.
In his second solo cover for the Rolling Stone Styles peeled back his layers to reveal how his most recent relationship affected him and his upcoming music. For those who don’t know, the singer dated Victoria’s Secret Angel Camille Rowe for around a year from mid-2017 to July 2018.
One of his collaborators and close friends, Tom Hull, revealed to the publication about how Styles was shattered after his breakup with Rowe and how she ended up in his music. “He went through this breakup that had a big impact on him,” Hull said about the matter, although, never directly mentioning Rowe.
“I turned up on Day One in the studio, and I had these really nice slippers on. His ex-girlfriend that he was really cut up about, she gave them to me as a present—she bought slippers for my whole family. We’re still close friends with her. I thought, ‘I like these slippers. Can I wear them—is that weird?’”
As it turns out, Hull wore the said slippers much to Styles disapproval.
“So I turn up at Shangri-La the first day and literally within the first half-hour, he looks at me and says, ‘Where’d you get those slippers? They’re nice,’” Hull recalled. “I had to say, ‘Oh, um, your ex-girlfriend got them for me.’ He said, ‘Whaaaat? How could you wear those?’ He had a whole emotional journey about her, this whole relationship. But I kept saying, ’The best way of dealing with it is to put it in these songs you’re writing.’”
So Styles took the advice to heart and Rolling Stone reported that his new music will be about sex and sadness.