When the guys of One Direction announced they would be heading out on a hiatus for an unspecified amount of time back in December of 2015, it was bittersweet for fans. After all, the band had been working non-stop for years, so a break was much deserved and needed. But the fact that it was and still is unclear as to when Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will reunite is a bit of a bummer. It's been more than a year since new 1D music has graced our ears but luckily each of the guys has released solo music and now it's Harry's time to show the world what he's been working on. If you think he's going to turn his back on his 1D roots though, he just proved that will never happen. What a prince.
In the "Sign of the Times" singer's new interview with Rolling Stone, he admits that the group's hiatus a something he first suggested back in 2014, but not because he felt stifled and wanted to break away on his own. It was simply because the guys were tired and he frankly didn't want Directioners to get tired either.
"I didn't want to exhaust our fan base. If you're shortsighted, you can think, 'Let's just keep touring,' but we all thought too much of the group than to let that happen. You realize you're exhausted and you don't want to drain people's belief in you," Harry explained. "I love the band, and would never rule out anything in the future. The band changed my life, gave me everything."
So it was simply just time for a breather, but Harry will forever and always remain a part of 1D. He knows that without the band and it's success, there's a good chance he wouldn't be where he is now, and this revelation just brings on all the tears. Harry loves 1D just as much as you do, so that's something to cling on to as you listen to the "Up All night" album every now and then. As for how Harry feels about things former group member Zayn Malik has said about the type of music they made and how Z isn't a fan of the songs, Harry of course had a classy response.
"I think it's a shame he felt that way, but I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love. If you're not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that. I'm glad he's doing what he likes, and good luck to him," Harry said.
Harry admits he didn't feel "stifled" making music with 1D, instead maybe a bit rushed, since they wee cranking out a new album every year and as a songwriter, it's not easy to do that and the guys always worked with other songwriters who helped complete the tracks.
"I wanted to step up. There were songs I wanted to write and record, and not just have it be 'Here's a demo I wrote.' Every decision I've made since I was 16 was made in a democracy. I felt like it was time to make a decision about the future , and maybe I shouldn't rely on others," Harry said. "We were touring all the time. I wrote more as we went, especially on the last two albums. But I think it was tough to really delve in and find out who you are as a writer when you're just kind of dipping your toe each time. We didn't get the six months to see what you can work with. To have time to live with a song, see what you love as a fan, chip at it, hone it and go for that ... it's heaven."
Which songs he was more heavily involved in are his fave you ask? Harry said "Olivia", "Stockholm Syndrome," and the earlier tune "Happily" from Might Memories are some he's most proud of. With his solo music though, he's prepared to show fans an entire new side of himself and he really challenged himself to dive deep when it came to writing some meaningful lyrics.
"The one subject that hits the hardest is love, whether it's platonic, romantic, loving it, gaining it, losing it .... it always hits you hardest. I don't think people want to hear me talk about going [out], and how great everything is. Who wants to hear about it? I don't want to hear my favorite artists talk about all the amazing [things] they get to do. I want to hear, 'How did you feel when you were alone in that hotel room, because you chose to be alone?'" Harry explained.
This truly is a whole new era that young Harry Styles who first auditioned for X Factor would be beyond proud of.
We'll just be here sobbing now.