Heartthrob, Harry Styles blessed our screens in 2011 when he auditioned for The X Factor and quickly became our favorite One Direction boys with his bouncy curls, luscious looks, and killer vocals. Little did you know that this mega-star has many more hidden talents and more great sides to his personality. From his generosity to his down-to-earth character (he’s besties with Ed Sheeran and David Beckham), Harry never fails to impress the nation.
To fall in love with the pop idol just a little bit more – continue reading to find out 21 super-fun Harry Styles facts…
1. He Once Wanted to Be a Lifeguard
Singing wasn’t always in the pipeline for Harry Styles. Before auditioning for the popular singing competition, The X Factor, the famous singer applied to be a lifeguard. Sadly, Harry didn’t make the cut, so he pursued his dreams of becoming a popstar, instead.
2. Harry’s a Mommy’s Boy
You’d think that he’d be too busy to catch up with his mom every single day, but this superstar calls his mom up to five times a day (cute!). He was also the most nervous he’d ever been when giving a speech at his mom’s wedding, proving just how much she means to him.
3. He Drove Around L.A Handing Pizza to the Homeless
Harry literally has a heart of gold. He once spent £3,000 on pizza and drove around the streets of L.A delivering it to the homeless on his only day off. What a thoughtful way of giving back to the world!
4. Harry Drinks Coffee With Butter
If you haven’t already heard of the bullet diet, let us introduce you to it; It’s a health-trick that many professionals follow which involves adding healthy fat (butter) into your morning coffee, apparently giving you added fuel for the entire day. With such a busy schedule, it’s a diet that Harry closely follows.
5. He’s a Pro at Baking Pizza
If you didn’t think that Harry could get ANY better, think again! The nation’s sweetheart is also an expert at baking pizza. As he worked in a bakery for a while, he’s got the dough down to a T!
6. Harry Was in a Band Before The X Factor
Harry Styles was in a rock/indie band called The White Eskimos before he joined The X Factor and got thrown into One Direction. The White Eskimos won a contest together, giving Harry the boost he needed to perform on national TV.
7. He’s Scared of Snakes
Harry isn’t afraid of much – but snakes are definitely on the top of that list. We don’t blame him, to be honest! Who wants a slithering snake around them?!
8. Harry Loves a Good Rom-Com
Another fact about Harry that’ll make you adore him even more! One of the super-cool artist’s favorite things is a good romantic comedy. We would happily cosy up to the 1D lad and watch Love Actually together…
9. His First Big Purchase Was a Mattress
Here’s some trivia you certainly didn’t know about Hazza! While most popstars splash out on Range Rovers and Rolex watches, Harry actually invested in a brand new mattress when the 1D song, Up All Night came second in the charts. What a humble guy!
10. His Name Was Already Taken When He Joined Instagram
In a ploy to get his name as an account on the popular social media platform, Harry put his tag as @GiveMeMyNamePlease. Clearly, the plan worked and the Instagram account owner handed over his account name so Harry could use it.
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11. His Idol Is David Hasselhoff
Harry Styles’ biggest hero is the one-and-only Hoff! We’re not sure if it’s his similar locks or the broad shoulders, but there’s something that Harry idolizes in the film star. Do you also have this fun fact in common with Hazza?
12. Harry Has Over 50 Tattoos
This superstar is inked to the max with over 50 tattoos on his body. Some of his famous artwork includes a cross on his heart, a birdcage on his ribs and a butterfly on his stomach.
13. He’s Also a Songwriter
Harry is more than just a pretty face. Following the split of One Direction, one of the many talents Harry has dabbled in is songwriting. He’s worked on songs for Ariana Grande, Michael Buble and has written his new solo pieces.
14. Harry Wanted to be a Physiotherapist Before The X Factor
If you haven’t realized it by now, Harry has beauty and brains. Before appearing on The X Factor, Harry was studying law, sociology and business, and aspired to become a trained physiotherapist. Obviously, his career took a turn as his mesmerising stage-presence and killer vocals were too good to miss.
15. He’s Known For Sleep-Walking
Here’s an interesting fact about Harry! While most of us grow out of the phase of sleepwalking, it appears that Harry still takes a nightly stroll while sleeping. He once revealed that he sometimes wakes up on the bathroom floor. Whoops!
16. Harry Has Four Nipples
If you call yourself a die-hard One Direction fan, you’d already know that Harry has four nipples, also known in medical terms as supernumerary nipples. But for those that aren’t aware of this unique fact, Harry is proud of them, and told Nick Grimshaw in an interview that it’s one of his best dating traits.
17. His House is Worth £3 Million
Harry invested his money wisely when he bought a house in Primrose Hill for £3million. The neighborhood is full of budding British celebs with the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Daisy Lowe and Henry Holland.
18. Harry Carries a Twix in His Pocket
We don’t know if this weird fact about Harry is entirely true, but it’s been said that he carries his fave chocolate, Twix in his pocket. It’s also been reported that when he eats the said chocolate, he takes a bite from each individual finger, so they’re equal and don’t feel lonely.
19. He Had a Tough Time When His Parents Split
Harry’s parents divorced at age 7, and the little fella had such a hard time that he cried himself to sleep most nights. Talking about the situation, Harry said that he didn’t remember what was going on, he just felt sad that his parents wouldn’t be together anymore.
20. Harry Uses His Platform To Speak Out Against Violence
During his 2018 US tour, Harry sent out a strong message when he stuck the words “END GUN VIOLENCE” on his guitar. He then posted the picture on his Instagram account to spread the word, following his Dallas gig.
21. He was Held at Knife Point
Poor Harry went through some trauma in early 2020 when he was held at knife point in London. After leaving a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day, Harry was followed and approached by a group of hooded men who asked if he “smoked weed” and what he had on him. The singer handed over cash, but the robbers wanted his phone. When he refused to unlock it, one of the men lifted his shirt to reveal a knife, and Harry’s first instinct was to sprint and run and try to ask an oncoming car for help. The driver didn’t let Harry in, but when he continued to run, the robbers thankfully disappeared. What a lucky escape for our Hazza!
22. He’s Obsessed with Dogs
We don’t know much about Harry Styles’ pets, but it’s pretty obvious that he is obsessed with dogs. There have been multiple events where Harry has posed with random dogs on the street! Once, he asked to take a photo with a fan’s dog, and another time, he offered to watch someone’s Labrador while they went inside a restaurant! This weird yet sweet fact about Harry will make fans love him even more.
While it might seem that the popstar has a hard exterior, the truth is actually quite the contrary. This former One Directioner has a soft interior and is super caring.
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