Harry Styles isn’t bothered by accusations of queerbaiting.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Styles talked about what it’s like to have his sexuality so publicly questioned and whether or not he thinks it’s “queerbaiting” for him to dress androgynously. He emphasized that his private life is private, and he wants to keep it that way.
“Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve only publicly been with women,’ and I don’t think I’ve publicly been with anyone,” Styles said. “If someone takes a picture of you with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re choosing to have a public relationship or something.”
Styles expanded on that, saying: “I’ve never talked about my life away from work publicly and found that it’s benefited me positively.”
Styles said that playing queer in the Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming drama My Policeman, where he plays a gay policeman, has been a part of his journey to figuring out his sexuality, but didn’t go so far as to talk about what that sexuality is.
“I think everyone, including myself, has your own journey with figuring out sexuality and getting more comfortable with it,” he said to the magazine.
Styles also offered his opinion on the state of gay sex in film, telling the magazine that he’d like to see more tenderness in its portrayal.
“So much of gay sex in film is two guys going at it, and it kind of removes the tenderness from it,” he said, “[It can be] tender and loving and sensitive.”
Honestly, I’m not sure what films he’s watching where the gay sex is just “two guys going at it.”
Many movies like Weekend, Moonlight, Rocketman, Call Me by Your Name, and more have sex scenes that lean more to the “tender and loving and sensitive” side than “two guys going at it.” Honestly, I’d love to see more gay movies where the gay men get to just have wild and dirty sex.
We can see what kind of sex Style’s character Tom will have in My Policeman when it premieres at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, in select theaters starting October 21, and streaming on Amazon Prime Video on November 4.