COVID-19 is all anyone can talk about right now with the global pandemic sweeping the world, prompting entire countries to go on lockdown and people told to stay inside and self-isolate as much as possible.
Amid all the chaos and changing news reports, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But thankfully, there’s Harry Styles to calm our nerves, albeit momentarily.
Yesterday, the British singer’s Tiny Desk concert was released, giving us another dose of Styles in his cosy cashmere sweater and even more insights into his new album, Fine Line. The 26-year-old and his touring band played four songs off his sophomore album – “Cherry,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “To Be So Lonely,” and “Adore You” – and in between tracks, Styles opened up about the meaning behind each, namely dropping a little more info about his ex-girlfriend Camille Rowe, who the album is widely rumoured to be – read: is – about.
Prior to starting “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles debunked the myth that the song is about a specific sex act, saying instead that it was written when he was falling for someone. “It’s probably the longest it’s ever taken me to finish a song,” Styles said. “I liked it and then I really hated it for a long time, but then it came back and kept coming back.”
“It’s about that, sort of, initial euphoria when you start seeing someone, you start sleeping with someone, just being around someone,” he continued, before starting to trail off “and you have that excitement about… you know, when you like someone, right?!” he joked. Styles also confirmed the song was written in 2017 which is the same time he started dating the French-American model.
The first song he chose for his Tiny Desk concert was ‘Cherry,’ which is not only all about Rowe, but she actually features in the song when Styles plays her voicemail in French at the end.
For his final song, Styles chose ‘Adore You’, which, at first, he joked about it being about a fish – as the music video is centred around a pet fish – before admitting it’s written in a similar vein to ‘Watermelon Sugar’. “In terms of just being about that initial excitement of meeting someone when you’re just like.. take me,” he said. Before adding, “I’m probably going to regret that.”
Rowe and Styles ended their relationship around mid-2018 and though neither party has confirmed a reason for the split, Styles alludes to cheating on Rowe in another song off his new album, ‘Fallen.’ In it, he sings: ‘I’m in my bed you’re not here/And there’s no one to blame but the drink and my wandering hands.’