Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, producer, actor and model formerly known as a member of the boy band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Styles was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction.
After joining One Direction, Styles, along with bandmates Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, released four commercially successful albums, performed on two worldwide tours, and won several awards, including five Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide, making it among the best-selling singles of all time.
Upon leaving One Direction, Styles took some much needed time off from stardom and began to work on solo music projects. In the Octobert of 2015 Styles returned his first solo venture, an Extended Play titled "Eclipse" a blend of Pop, R&B, Funk and House elements. His first solo single "No Way" peaked at #3 on the
charts and launched him into instant solo stardom.
After leaving his former boyband One Direction, Styles began to date in secret and was in a longterm relationship with Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira, they became engaged in early January 2016 but sadly separated in March 2016 due to Styles' hectic working schedule. Additionally Styles developed an alcohol dependancy problem during this difficult time in his career which lead to various controversial decisions, the most notable was that of the lead single from cancelled album "The Fourth Wall" titled "Sex".
Styles is currently Teetotal and was in rehab for an extended period of time, during which he disappeared from the public eye and his then upcoming release was cancelled. Styles' personal life with former fiancé Marlon Teixeira has been a major influence on his musical and lyrical direction, the most obvious influence being on his current single "My Hands" which talks about his struggle to be without Teixeira, additionally Styles has claimed Teixeira was a big influence on "California Dreaming".
Styles is an outspoken supporter of Anti-Industry sentiments, often updating his social media with rants about the music industry attempting to control art and people, Styles is additionally a huge supporter of AIDs and LGBT charities with his own the "Chanel AIDs Foundation" co-created with Maureen Chiquet, CEO of Chanel. The charity currently stands as a subsidiary to the fashion label and house.
Amongst other things, Styles has a large network of industry friends including; Belinda, Mariah Carey, Lindsay Lohan and most notably Beyonce whom allowed him to open for her on the Colors World Tour in late 2015, Beyonce and Styles have collaborated musically on Styles' LP "California Dreaming" on a song titled "The River".