How Harry Styles Broke the Mold of the Ex-Boybander

Since the second the media laid eyes on Harry Styles, they labelled him as a womanizer. While some still try and push this label on him, the metamorphosis Harry has gone through since becoming a solo artist is clear. Through it all Harry Styles managed to avoid the narratives pushing him to be a womanizer and broke the mold of the ex-boybander.

It’s taken us almost 100 episodes, but it’s finally Harry’s turn to have a whole episode dedicated to him, his growth, and his relationship with the media. With the release of Harry’s House and the choices he’s made with what press he’s spoken to about this album, it’s clear Harry is coming into his own. 

This week we’re looking into how Harry moved on from the chosen label of womanizer and surpassed all ex-boyband member expectations. Join us for a deep dive into Harry’s slow and steady metamorphosis from bubbly boybander to long lasting pop icon.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out these for more on Harry: Larry Stylinson: When Fandom Goes Too Far & Pete Wentz To Harry Styles: How Assumed Queerness Has Changed

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Sources for How Harry Styles Broke the Mold of the Ex-Boybander

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Harry Styles Says Olivia Wilde Was ‘Very Helpful’ on Set (The Cut, Mia Mercado, May 2022)

Everything we learned from Harry Styles’ Apple Music interview (ETalk, Christine Estima, May 2022)

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Please Don’t Ask Harry Styles If Women Fans Fight Over Him (Teen Vogue, Gabe Bergoda, 2019)

Harry Styles’ New Direction (Rolling Stone, Cameron Crowe, 2017)

Why Are So Many Queer Women Obsessed With Harry Styles? (Buzzfeed, Grace Perry, 2017)

What the Conversation about Harry Styles Reveals about Queerbaiting (Bitch Media, Elly Belle, 2019)

This One Direction interview got us death threats (GQ, Jonathan Heaf, 2013)

One Direction’s Harry Styles: ‘I’m not a sex symbol’ (Digital Spy, Sam Rigby, 2013)

One Direction’s Harry Styles: ‘I’m NOT a womaniser! (Cosmopolitan, Kayleigh Dray, 2012)

One Direction Harry Styles: I won’t date anybody older than my mum (…she’s 43 by the way) (DailyMail, Lara Gould, 2012)

“I’m no womaniser”: Harry Styles talks about his sex life and getting tips from Fifty Shades of Grey (The Mirror, James Robertson, 2012)

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