Harry Styles – Birth, Career, Family, Personal Life and more

A handsome boy who makes every girl fall in love, Harry Styles is the youngest member of the  One Direction group  and probably the most popular. Since the group decided to take a break, the young man has embarked on the cinema and has also worked on his first solo album. Ahead of its May 12 release, Harry Styles has unveiled a debut single, “Sign of the Times.”

Musical debut on high school benches 

Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. His parents, Anne Cox and Des Styles, divorced when he was only 7 years old. He grew up in Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, surrounded by his older sister Gemma and his mother. However, he maintains a good relationship with his father. He attended his hometown school, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. As a teenager, he found a small job in a local bakery, the W. Mandeville Bakery, where he worked after school and on weekends. The young boy listened to the music of his time, but also Elvis Presley or the Beatles, who influenced him from the start. Among contemporary artists, he enjoys the music of Foster the People, Coldplay and the Kings of Leon.

Before finding success in One Direction, Harry Styles was part of the group White Eskimo, of which he was the singer, accompanied by his classmates Haydn Morris on guitar, Nick Clough on bass and Will Sweeny on drums. During their college years, the four boys participate in the Battle of the Bands competition, which they win.

The X Factor Adventure

In 2010, then aged 16, Harry Styles signed up for the casting of the tele-hook The X Factor, pushed by his mother. He was spotted performing “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, then “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” by Oasis. Eliminated during the bootcamp test, the young artist sees the doors of success closing… But the judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell decide to give him a second chance by associating him with Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik for the rest of the competition. The five boys don’t know it yet, but it’s the start of an exceptional musical adventure. 

The young singer and his band then take the name of One Direction, which would have been suggested by Harry Styles himself. As the weeks pass, the boys become the competition’s most popular contestants. Despite their third place, they immediately landed a contract with Syco, Simon Cowell’s label. 

1D, the boy band that unleashes the crowds 

In September 2011, One Direction released their first single “What Makes You Beautiful”, where Harry Styles’ voice was particularly highlighted. The album “Up All Night” is a dazzling success. Ranked No. 1 in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, it became one of the best-selling records of 2012. Absolute consecration, Harry Styles and his friends were chosen to sing during the ceremony of closing of the London Olympic Games, alongside great stars of British music such as George Michael, Emeli Sandé or the Spice Girls. 

Harry Styles is known as the “pretty heart” of One Direction. He notably maintained a relationship with the presenter Caroline Flack, fifteen years his senior, as well as with the American singer Taylor Swift.  

After several tours and a second album, “Take Me Home”, acclaimed around the world, Harry Styles continues to make young girls scream at each of his appearances. In the spring of 2013, a One Direction stadium tour was announced for 2014 and dates quickly sold out.

On November 25, 2013, Harry Styles and his band released a third album, “Midnight Memories”, followed a year later by a fourth, simply titled “Four”. After a new world tour marked by the departure of Zayn Malik, a fifth album was released on November 13, 2015, entitled “Made in the AM”. With this new opus, the group announces that they are taking a break for an indefinite period.

Solo debut

From there, Harry Styles concentrates on his desires and it is the cinema that interests him. He passes the casting for the next film by Christopher Nolan, who hires him. The public discovers the first photos of the filming of “Dunkirk” during the summer of 2016. He plays one of the soldiers who participated in the Battle of Dunkirk during the Second World War.

Despite the publication of the photos, Harry Styles remains discreet and concentrates on the shooting. At the same time, the young man is also working on his first album.

The Scrapbook

It was in June that the record company Columbia confirmed that it had signed a contract with Harry Styles to take care of his career as a solo singer. Several collaborator names are starting to circulate, including Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.

Throughout 2016, Harry Styles remains silent on his projects and does not speak in the media and very little on social networks. We have to wait until February 2017 to find out more. Columbia announces that the album is almost ready.

On March 31, Harry Styles announced the release of a first single, for April 7. “Sign of the Times” landed first place in the UK top single the week of its release and 4th in the United States. After the release of this first single, the album is announced for May 12. It is simply called “Harry Styles”.

Harry Styles is named in the category “International Revelation of the Year” at the NRJ Music Awards 2017.

A second album in 2019

Two years after the release of his self-titled album, Harry Styles is already back with a second opus. In December 2019, the interpreter of the hit “Lights Up” reveals the titles of his album “Fine Line”. With singles like “Falling”, “Watermelon Sugar” or “Adore You”, the Briton continues his solo adventure as he started it. Still meeting with so much success, Harry Styles took the opportunity to announce the holding of a European tour in 2020, which included a concert in Paris with NRJ.

“Harry’s House”, a record album

In September 2021, Harry Styles embarks on his Love On Tour world tour. An entrepreneur at heart, he launched Pleasing, his brand of beauty products. In May 2022, the Briton released his third album, “Harry’s House”, which met with immense success. Supported by singles like “As It Was”, “Late Night Talking”, and “Music for a Sushi Restaurant”, the album reached number 1 on charts worldwide. Harry Styles is also pursuing an acting career. We see him in 2021 in “Don’t Worry Darling” and in 2022 in “My Policeman”.