When I woke up to a text from my 16-year-old sister telling me I had to watch Harry Styles’ new music video as soon as possible, I thought she was simply doing her duty as a loyal stan. But after checking out “Lights Up,” it’s clear she thought I’d take something else away from it; It has pretty big bisexual energy.
The video for Styles’ new single, has both bisexual lighting and Styles cozying up to half-naked hotties of different genders. In the clip, a frequently shirtless Styles is at the center of a writhing mass of sweaty bodies, and at several points he gets nuzzled by some sexy male extras — and nuzzles them right back. He’s also outfitted in an array of gorgeous sequined suits. If we’re giving this video a rating on bi energy, I’d say it’s an 8/10.
Styles has teased his sexuality in song lyrics and been the subject of an explicit animated gay fanfiction on Euphoria. In an August interview with Rolling Stone, Styles once said that his previous comments that “we’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we” were more about creating a welcoming atmosphere at his shows than a commentary on his sexuality specifically. “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.” He added that he’s not “trying to champion the cause, because I’m not the person to do that. It’s just about not ignoring it, I guess.”