14 things you probably didn't know about Harry Styles

APHarry Styles has had a hit solo career.

  • Harry Styles’ career kicked off on “The X Factor” when he was placed in a band that would later become One Direction.
  • The band has been on hiatus since 2016 and since then Styles has been busy acting, touring, and becoming a fashion icon.
  • Styles has written songs for other artists, like Ariana Grande.
  • He has four nipples and over 40 tattoos.
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Harry Styles has made a name for himself as a solo artist, but he’s also known for being part of one of the most popular boy bands in recent history, One Direction.

One Direction was highly successful, selling millions of records worldwide and landing four number-one albums in just a few years. The band has been on hiatus since 2016 and its members have been working on solo projects in the interim.

Since embarking on a solo career, Styles released two successful albums, toured the world, acted in an Oscar-winning film, and co-chaired the 2019 Met Gala.

Here are 14 things you might not know about the musician.


At age 16, Harry auditioned for “The X Factor” with a song by Stevie Wonder.

YouTube/The X Factor UKHe wore a scarf.

Dressed in a cardigan and a scarf, he sang Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”

Although he made through a few rounds as a solo artist, Styles was eliminated from the competition. He was brought back to become part of a group of boys (Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne) that would later become known as One Direction.

Styles came up with the band’s name, but he’s said it has no significant meaning. He’s the youngest member of the band.


Harry grew up in Holmes Chapel, England, where he worked in a local bakery.

Getty/Steven FerdmanHe’s since visited the bakery he used to work at.

When he was 14 years old, Styles started making £6 per hour at a W Mandeville bakery in Holmes Chapel, England.

His former boss, Simon Wakefield, told The Mirror, “[Harry] was the most polite member of staff we’ve ever had.”

Styles returned to the bakery years later to film parts of One Direction’s movie, “This Is Us.”


Growing up, he was in a band called White Eskimo.

AP Photo/Charles SykesHarry Styles in 2012.

Long before his days in One Direction, Harry Styles was in a pop-punk band called White Eskimo.

He joined the group in high school and the band performed at school talent shows and even a wedding.


He’s said he considers Shania Twain to be one of his biggest influences.

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesShania Twain is a famous country musician.

In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Styles said country icon Shania Twain is one of his biggest influences in “both music and fashion.”

In 2015, he told Entertainment Weekly that Twain’s music was played often in his childhood home.

He said he also listened to music from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, and Norah Jones when he was growing up.


He’s been on an episode of “iCarly.”

NickelodeonHis bandmates were on the episode, too.

The musician and his fellow One Direction bandmates once appeared on the Nickelodeon show “iCarly.” The episode, called “iGo One Direction,” aired in 2012.


He also appeared in Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk.”

KGC-49-182/STAR MAX/IPxThis was his first major film.

In 2017, Styles made his big-screen debut in “Dunkirk,” a war drama. The film took home three Oscars and starred Fionn Whitehead and Tom Hardy, among others.


He has written songs for other popular artists, including Ariana Grande.

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP‘Just a Little Bit of Your Heart’ was co-written by Harry Styles.

Styles co-wrote “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” specifically for Ariana Grande to perform.

In 2014, Grande told MTV she “was like crying” the first time she heard the song. The ballad is on Grande’s album “My Everything.”

Styles also co-wrote the romantic ballad “Someday Maybe” with Meghan Trainor and it appeared on Michael Bubl√©’s 2016 album.


Styles landed a Gucci campaign in 2018.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/APHe wears Gucci on the red carpet often.

Styles is known for his expansive suit collection, many of which are custom-made by Gucci.

Under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, Gucci brought Styles on for a high-fashion campaign in 2018.

The campaign was shot in North London and featured 1970s-inspired fashion. Recently, Styles was a co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala alongside Michel, who was a co-host and sponsor for the event.


He likes “The Notebook.”

New Line CinemaHe’s said he watches a lot of rom-coms.

In a 2017 interview with BBC Radio 1, Styles said that he loves the movie “The Notebook” and watches a lot of romantic comedies, especially ones that involve Nicholas Sparks.


He has over 40 tattoos, including a mermaid on his forearm.

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/GettyHe has two birds on his chest.

According to one count, Styles’ tattoo collection has now surpassed 40 pieces.

Among the notable tattoos are a mermaid on his left arm, a pair of swallows on his chest, and a butterfly on his torso.


He and Ed Sheeran have matching tattoos.

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Fudge UrbanThe two have worked together, too.

He and fellow musician Ed Sheeran have matching tattoos and Sheeran has actually tattooed Styles in the past.

The two have known each other for years and Sheeran has even co-written some of One Direction’s major tracks, including “Little Things” and “Moments.”


He has four nipples.

Brad Hunter/Newspix/GettyHe’s spoken about it before.

In a 2017 interview with Chelsea Handler, the singer confirmed that he has four nipples, two of which are supernumerary, meaning extra.


He said he once bit off the tip of his tongue while tripping on magic mushrooms.

Helene PambrunHe said he did ‘a lot’ of magic mushrooms while recording ‘Fine Line.’

The musician told Rolling Stone that he did “a lot” of magic mushrooms while working on his 2019 album “Fine Line.”

At one point, while in at Shangri-La recording studio in Malibu, he said he injured himself while tripping on mushrooms

“This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue,” he told the publication. “So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth.”

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He’s very close to musician Stevie Nicks.

Charles Sykes/Invision/APStevie Nicks has referred to Styles as her ‘adopted son.’

Stevie Nicks, singer-songwriter and vocalist of Fleetwood Mac, is a close friend of Harry Styles.

In a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Nicks said, “He’s Mick [Fleetwood]’s and my love child. When Harry came into our lives I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him.”

Styles paid tribute to Nicks at her second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2019. Nicks had originally been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac and was now being welcomed to the Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

“She is the family member that you can always count on. I hope she knows what she means to us, what she means to yet another generation of artists who look to her for inspiration and trailblazing courage,” Styles said about Nicks during the ceremony.

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