Harry Styles has admitted he takes psychedelics to assist the creative process when writing new music… and that he once bit off part of his tongue on magic mushrooms.
The singer, 25, told the September issue of Rolling Stone magazine: ‘We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine.
‘We’d just turn the speakers into the yard. You’d hear the blender going, and think, “So we’re all having frozen margaritas at 10AM this morning”.
Trippin’: Harry Styles has admitted he takes psychedelics to assist the creative process when writing new music… and that he once bit off part of his tongue on magic mushrooms
‘I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth.
‘Mushrooms and Blood. Now there’s an album title!’
For his accompanying interview, Harry posed for a shirtless photoshoot, in which he put on a brooding display in a number of quirky ensembles.
And he was open about his second solo album, which is upcoming, and is about ‘having sex and feeling sad’.
The singer, 25, told the September issue of Rolling Stone magazine: ‘We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine’
Speaking about how his previous relationships have impacted his music, Harry said: ‘It’s not like I’ve ever sat and done an interview and said, “So I was in a relationship, and this is what happened”. Because, for me, music is where I let that cross over.
‘It’s the only place, strangely, where it feels right to let that cross over.’
Harry was asked about his One Direction days, and whether they are truly over.
‘I don’t know. I don’t think I’d ever say I’d never do it again, because I don’t feel that way,’ he admitted. ‘If there’s a time when we all really want to do it, that’s the only time for us to do it, because I don’t think it should be about anything else other than the fact that we’re all like, “Hey, this was really fun. We should do this again”.
‘But until that time, I feel like I’m really enjoying making music and experimenting. I enjoy making music this way too much to see myself doing a full switch, to go back and do that again. Because I also think if we went back to doing things the same way, it wouldn’t be the same, anyway.’
Ouch: ‘I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth,’ he revealed
Never say never: Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry are pictured in 2015. Harry admits the door is not closed on 1D
On if he took his friendships with him after the band stopped, he added: ‘Yeah, I think so. Definitely. Because above all else, we’re the people who went through that.
‘We’re always going to have that, even if we’re not the closest. And the fact is, just because you’re in a band with someone doesn’t mean you have to be best friends. That’s not always how it works.
‘Just because Fleetwood Mac fight, that doesn’t mean they’re not amazing. I think even in the disagreements, there’s always a mutual respect for each other — we did this really cool thing together, and we’ll always have that.
‘It’s too important to me to ever be like, ‘Oh, that’s done.’ But if it happens it will happen for the right reasons.’
On shedding his anxiety and self-doubt after One Direction, Harry said: ‘While I was in the band, I was constantly scared I might sing a wrong note. I felt so much weight in terms of not getting things wrong.
Cover star: Harry bared all in the September issue of Rolling Stone magazine [L] having last appeared on the cover in 2017 [R]
‘I remember when I signed my record deal and I asked my manager, “What happens if I get arrested? Does it mean the contract is null and void?” Now, I feel like the fans have given me an environment to be myself and grow up and create this safe space to learn and make mistakes.’
Harry was in One Direction with Zayn Malik – who left the band in 2015 – as well as Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
The remaining quartet parted ways in 2016 and are on indefinite hiatus.
‘I know it’s the thing that always happens. When somebody gets out of a band, they go, “That wasn’t me. I was held back.” But it was me. And I don’t feel like I was held back at all,’ Harry went on. ‘It was so much fun. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it. It’s not like I was tied to a radiator.’
Notoriously private, the singer admitted he is trying to be more open these days.
He said: ‘I am discovering how much better it makes me feel to be open with friends. Feeling that vulnerability, rather than holding everything in.
Honest: ‘I feel pretty lucky to have a group of friends who are guys who would talk about their emotions and be really open,’ he said
‘I feel pretty lucky to have a group of friends who are guys who would talk about their emotions and be really open. My friend’s dad said to me, “You guys are so much better at it than we are. I never had friends I could really talk to. It’s good that you guys have each other because you talk about real shit. We just didn’t”.’
Harry also addressed the fact that he has a large fanbase of women.
‘[Women] are the most honest — especially if you’re talking about teenage girls, but older as well. They have that bulls**t detector. You want honest people as your audience.
‘We’re so past that dumb outdated narrative of “Oh, these people are girls, so they don’t know what they’re talking about.” They’re the ones who know what they’re talking about. They’re the people who listen obsessively. They f**king own this s**t. They’re running it.’
In 2017, Harry made his debut appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with his previous cover shoot being worlds away from the new one.