Harry Styles will openly admit he is not the type to talk about his private relationships. But his newly-released Rolling Stone profile today touched on just how profoundly his breakup with French model Camille Rowe last summer shaped him and his upcoming music.
For background: Rowe and Styles dated from summer 2017 to July 2018. She reportedly met Styles' parents, and The Sun was told in January 2018 that it was a really great relationship for Styles.
“Camille’s come along at exactly the right point in Harry’s life," the source said at the time. "He’s had plenty of fun but seems to be content hanging out with her. They get on great. She’s laid back and cool, plus she’s been really supportive of his career. The relationship is still fairly relaxed, he’s hardly at the stage where they see each other every day." While the breakup news was reported in July last year, no greater detail about who ended it or why came out.
One of Styles' best friends and collaborators, Tom Hull, spoke to Rolling Stone now about how broken Styles was after things with Rowe ended.
“He went through this breakup that had a big impact on him,” Hull said. “I turned up on Day One in the studio, and I had these really nice slippers on. His ex-girlfriend that he was really cut up about, she gave them to me as a present—she bought slippers for my whole family. We’re still close friends with her. I thought, ‘I like these slippers. Can I wear them—is that weird?’"
“So I turn up at Shangri-La the first day and literally within the first half-hour, he looks at me and says, ‘Where’d you get those slippers? They’re nice,’" Hull continued. "I had to say, ‘Oh, um, your ex-girlfriend got them for me.’ He said, ‘Whaaaat? How could you wear those?’ He had a whole emotional journey about her, this whole relationship. But I kept saying, ’The best way of dealing with it is to put it in these songs you’re writing.’”
Styles admitted that yes, personal heartbreak shaped his upcoming songs (which are apparently about having sex and being sad, as Rolling Stone put it). Music is the only place he will get that personal. “It’s not like I’ve ever sat and done an interview and said, ’So I was in a relationship, and this is what happened,’” Styles said. “Because, for me, music is where I let that cross over. It’s the only place, strangely, where it feels right to let that cross over.”
Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).