In a new interview with ‘Rolling Stones’, Harry Styles has opened up about his brief 2012 romance with Taylor Swift.
The musicians dated from October 2012 to January 2013 and Styles says it was a learning experience for him. Speaking about the famous photos of them walking through Central Park in New York, he said: “When I see photos from that day I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don’t really understand exactly how it works when you’re 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn’t make it easier. I mean, you’re a little bit awkward to begin with. You’re on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it - I just wanted it to be a normal date.”
‘Out Of The Woods’ and ‘Style’ from Taylor’s last record “1989” are both reported to be about Harry, while it is also thought that ‘Perfect’, which Harry wrote for One Direction, was about Taylor. On that subject he says:
"I mean, I don't know if they're about me or not…but the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere," he says. "I write from my experiences; everyone does that. I'm lucky if everything [we went through] helped create those songs. That's what hits your heart. That's the stuff that's hardest to say, and it's the stuff I talk least about. That's the part that's about the two people. I'm never going to tell anybody everything."
Did Styles ever tell Swift he admired the songs? "Yes and no. She doesn't need me to tell her they're great," he admits. "They're great songs...It's the most amazing unspoken dialogue ever."
Styles is nervous to talk about Swift. "I gotta pee first. This might be a long one," he jokes. "Actually, you can say, 'He went for a pee and never came back.'"
Is there anything he wants to tell Swift today? "Maybe this is where you write down that I left!"
Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to the 27-year-old singer now, he said: "Certain things don't work out. There's a lot of things that can be right, and it's still wrong. In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together.
"You're celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad," he said. "And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk ... but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best shit ever. So thank you."