Harry Styles fans are in ecstasy today after the singer dropped his first new material in two years. “Lights Up” hit streaming services at midnight, and was followed a few hours later by his new video.
In it, Styles is captured topless and sweaty, showing off his recent tattoo work, and dancing very intimately with a variety of good looking people of all genders.
Lyrically, Styles sings about people discovering their identity: “Lights up and they know who you are, know who you are, do you know who you are?”
He encourages people to, “Shine, step into the light,” saying, “It’s so bright sometimes, I’m not ever going back.”
Styles’ sexuality has long been speculated over, and some fans are reading much into the fact the new song and video have been released on National Coming Out Day (October, 11).
Is Styles trying to tell us something? Or is he just gifting a song about acceptance and being your true self to his fans? Or is it all just a coincidence and people should just, well – to quote Taylor Swift – calm down?
In 2017, the former One Direction star told the Sun he didn’t like labeling himself, saying, “It’s weird for me. Everyone should just be who they want to be.”
In 2018, speculation around his sexuality intensified when he released the song “Medicine”, with lyrics about “messing around” with “boys and girls.” He also took to waving rainbow flags at concerts and told one audience, “We’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”
Last month, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he still refused to label himself but appeared to imply he was an ally and wanted to show support to all his fans, wherever they may lie on the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity.
“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” he said. “Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing that you’re not alone.
“I can’t claim that I know what it’s like, because I don’t. So I’m not trying to say, ‘I understand what it’s like.’ I’m just trying to make people feel included and seen.”
“It’s not about me trying to champion the cause because I’m not the person to do that. It’s just about not ignoring it, I guess.
“Everyone in that room is on the same page and everyone knows what I stand for. I’m not saying I understand how it feels. I’m just trying to say, ‘I see you.’”
Either way, most fans are just happy the singer’s back with new material, with his copious flesh flaunting in the video an added bonus.