One Direction star Harry Styles is celebrating his 22nd birthday today. In some ways, it seems like Styles audition on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor was only yesterday, but on another level, it seems like Harry and his bandmates have been around forever. In a few short years, Styles has gone from X-Factor hopeful to one of the most famous and talked-about stars on the planet. Barely a day passes without Harry filling thousands of column inches in the tabloid’s. Over the years, we have seen headlines about Styles that have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and to the downright weird.
As Harry prepares for his birthday celebrations, we share some of the strangest headlines that Harry has featured in over the years.
— HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY (@addicttoniallx) February 1, 2016
Back in 2014, Metro reported that “[a] kiss from Harry Styles gives a mute girl back her voice, proves that 1D star is basically Jesus.” Apparently, 15-year-old One Direction fan Laura Yeates had been unable to speak for six months prior to attending a One Direction concert. During the show, Harry threw water over some fans and blew Laura a kiss. As he did so, Laura screamed and her voice was restored.
In December 2014, it seemed that Harry was hanging out with some of the most powerful people in the world. Attitude magazine reported that U.S. tabloid the National Examiner had claimed that U.S. president “Barack Obama had a gay affair with Harry Styles.” This came in the wake of an interview where Harry had quipped that the gender of a potential partner was “not that important.” The article claimed that Obama’s marriage was a sham and that he hid his sexuality in order to get elected.
— #BRITDRAGMEDOWN ♥ (@RubiioValeria) January 15, 2016
Just after Styles’ birthday last year, the Daily Mail claimed that Harry was determined to maintain his boyish good looks. As a result, it was claimed that Styles was shelling out $500 a time to an L.A. clinic “for sheep placenta facials.” L.A. based dermatologist and aesthetician Louise Deschamps claimed that Harry was having the facials every six weeks because “Harry takes care of himself and loves the facials, he likes to look good and have good skin.”
In July of 2015, Harry Styles’ penis was the talk of the town. We saw stories claiming that Harry’s pal Ed Sheeran had said that Harry Styles little man was far from little. We also saw One Direction fans trend a hilarious hashtag #HarrysFriendIsMissing. Initially, there was a deal of concern as Harry’s fans rushed to spread the word that his friend was missing. It turned out that and eagle-eyed Styles fan had noticed that a familiar bulge in Harry’s skinny jeans appeared to be missing.
— D.U.F.F (@Ziam_Wasteland) July 4, 2015
These stories were followed up almost immediately by Gay UK, which reported that “penis activist” Glen Callender “wants young American fans of Harry Styles to know that he has a foreskin.”
“I think it’s important from a cultural point of view that we make it known and educate that Styles has an uncircumcised penis.
“We have a lot of North American girls who are being conditioned from their respective cultures to say that foreskin is yucky and they don’t even understand that they young beautiful men they idolize have their penises intact.”
Who would have guessed that Harry’s penis would be such a topic of conversation?
In October of last year, many of Harry’s fans were lamenting the fact that One Direction’s tour was drawing to a close. Fans were just getting used to the fact that Harry and One Direction were set to enter a hiatus while they pursued some solo projects and enjoyed a well-deserved rest. Along came the Mirror to inform us that “Harry Styles fancies being a real estate agent after One Direction split up.”
In November of 2015 U.K. tabloid the Daily Star revealed that Coldplay singer “Chris Martin has a crush on Harry Styles.” It seems that Martin had the hots for Harry, and Selena Gomez and was having trouble deciding which of the pair he liked the most.
Chris Martin said Harry styles is one of the people you've definitely got to see on stage… He's so crazy live pic.twitter.com/kTyyAkyb80
— Madeline Ffitch (@madelineffitch) January 17, 2016
For our final two weird Harry headlines, we turn to the subject of food. In November, the Mirror told us that Harry keeps his trim physique by consuming “coffee bullets” that stop him having hunger pangs. Apparently, Harry “replaces his meals with the coffee which is mixed with butter and coconut oil.” Nice!
Lastly, we return to Metro, which claimed on Saturday that “Harry Styles is so lonely, he just wants chicken stew.” Apparently, Harry is so lonely that he continually pops round to the home of friend Ben Winston’s dad for chicken stew. That must be quite a trip from L.A.
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