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Do you know who you are? If you’re Harry Styles the answer to this question is most definitely a resounding yes. Styles’ newly-released single “Lights Up” poses this question and encourages listeners to be themselves and get to the truth of who they are, with lyrics of the hook being “Shine, step into the light/Shine, so bright sometimes/Shine, I’m not ever going back.” “Lights Up” is Styles’ first single release since his self-titled 2017 debut solo album and fans were not disappointed with what they got.

The music video features a shirtless Styles being surrounded and caressed by a group of both shirtless men and women in tank tops. In addition, the Oct.10 release date coincided with National Coming Out Day, so many fans connected the lyrics and visuals to an expression of Styles’ own sexuality. 

In past years fans have been inquisitive regarding Styles’ sexual orientation, and it’s not the first time his lyrics have sparked rumors. His 2017 single “Medicine” included lyrics “The boys and girls are in/I mess around with them/and I’m okay with it.” When asked about his sexuality by The Sun in 2017, he said “I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone from August of this year, Styles detailed how he uses his platform with purpose and tries to maintain inclusivity and acceptance as recurring themes in his music. 

“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” Styles said. “I’m just trying to make people feel included and seen.”

“Lights Up,” which has over 20 million views on YouTube, has accomplished this goal for fans who say that the song has helped with accepting themselves and feeling better during tough times.

“Things have been pretty dark for me lately. As always you come to the rescue right when I’ve needed it. Sign of the Times during 2017 and Lights Up in 2019 has been my saving grace. Thank you Harry,” said twitter user @Hes.WreckedMe.

As Styles has grown up and embraced his whole self, fans have noticed and followed his lead. 

“I’m so proud of him, of the man he’s become. He literally changed my whole life, made me accept myself the way I am. I can’t thank him enough!,” @smilexharryx added.

While a release date hasn’t yet been revealed, a full-length album is rumored to be dropping soon. If “Lights Up” is any indication of what’s to come, fans will be receiving another memorable album this fall season.

 

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