Hot on the heels of his worldwide chart-topping single “As It Was,” Harry Styles has dropped his highly-anticipated third studio album, “Harry’s House.”
Across 13 tracks, Styles delves into the world of love, sex, loneliness, past romances, sushi and, on “Grapejuice,” wine.
Styles has always been pretty honest with his lyrics, without giving too much away about his personal life. However, some fans of his new album suspect some of his songs are linked to Olivia Wilde, who recently directed him in the upcoming thriller, Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh.
Newsweek has everything you need to know about why Wilde is being linked to “Harry’s House.”
Why Olivia Wilde Is Being Linked to Harry Styles’ New Album
There is a lot of debate amongst the Harry Styles fan community whether some of the songs are about director and actress Olivia Wilde.
Styles and Wilde have never confirmed a romance. However, since January 2021, when they were spotted holding hands at Styles’ manager’s wedding, there have been countless paparazzi pictures of the pair together, most recently holidaying together in Italy.
The pair met when Styles signed on to star in Wilde’s upcoming psychological film, Don’t Worry Darling, in September 2020. Wilde is the film’s director and Styles stars alongside Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Chris Pine, and Kiki Layne.
So, when Styles’ new album featured a track called “Cinema,” many suspected the sexy song was about his relationship with Wilde.
With lyrics such as “I guess you’re all mine/When you’re sleeping in this bed with me,” “I think you’re cool/I dig your cinema,” and “I bring the pop to the cinema/you pop when we’re intimate (Baby, you’re cinema),” the song has sent some Styles fans into meltdown
One fan wrote on Twitter: “There’s no way cinema isn’t about Olivia Wilde they’re lying.”
A second fan added: “I’m a screenwriter so I’m choosing to believe harry style’s “cinema” is about me and not Olivia Wilde”
A third fan said: “So we are not going to talk about how Cinema – a sex ballad- is for Olivia Wilde, a filmmaker #HarrysHouseParty.”
However, Styles himself has denied the song is explicitly about Wilde. In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Stern himself suggested the song “Cinema” was about Wilde. However, Styles shut down the speculation and instead spoke about how his own experiences influenced his writing.
Stern asked: “You met your present girlfriend, she was directing you in a movie. And you are in love. Clearly, from this, I can see this is real love. When you write a song like this about your girlfriend, do you take it to her and say, ‘Listen to this baby. I wrote this about you?’ How do you present it to her?”
Styles replied: “Most of the time when I write songs, they start out as I guess, mine. Then, it’s less so.
“I think it’s important to write from what you’re going through at the time and trying to turn life into what you make. The most you can capture a moment is being true to that.”
Some Harry Styles fans also are adamant, that the song is not about Wilde.
One fan tweeted: “he said himself that cinema isn’t about Olivia Wilde now can y’all shut up for once?”
A second fan added: “Omg if you try to say that cinema is about Olivia Wilde just go ahead and admit that you don’t care about Harry styles cuz you 100% don’t listen to him cuz he said it’s not about her a million times.”
A third fan joked: “if I see one more tweet about y’all saying a lyric from harry’s house is about Olivia Wilde I’m gonna lose it”
There are some other lyrics on the album that fans are linking to Wilde.
For example, in “As It Was,” Styles sings “leave America, two kids follow her”, which may or not be a reference to Wilde having two children with her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis and the fact he used to be based in Los Angeles.
In the song “Late Night Talking,” Styles croons: “You stub your toe or break your camera,” a potential link to Wilde’s career behind the camera.
For now, Styles is giving nothing away about who his songs are about and has only spoken highly of working with Wilde.
He told Stern: “I had a wonderful experience being directed by Olivia.”
“Acting is kind of very uncomfortable at times. I think you have to trust a lot. It requires a lot of trust if you want to give it everything. I think being able to trust your director is a gift. That was very helpful. It meant for a really nice experience working on that movie.
For now, interpret the songs in “Harry’s House” how you please. You can even watch him perform the entire album live on Friday, May 20 via Apple Music at 9 pm ET.
Harry’s House is out now.