Happy birthday, Harry Styles! You’re 21 today, an event truly worth celebrating here in the U.S. You can now buy yourself a drink at a bar. You can now buy us drinks at a bar. Screw drinks, let’s pop bottles of champagne. Hell, you can even start your solo career! That’s right. We said it.
There are plenty of rumors surrounding Harry Style’s potential solo career, but so far they remain just rumors. Arguments abound on both sides—should he stay? should he go?—but when it comes to reasons why Harry should pursue a solo career, we’ve already got ten.
Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz barely knows who One D is, but he does at least know Harry Styles’ name. Watch Schwartz try —and fail— to name the other four members of the boy band.
He doesn’t need help working a camera.
The camera loves Harry, and if this photo proves anything, it’s that Harry loves the camera right back. He doesn’t need the rest of One Direction to help him work the camera— Harry can do it all by himself. All the better for the future press photos promoting his solo career.
He’s hotter than Zayn.
Eeny, meeny, miny, HARRY. Sorry, Zayn Malik. We adore your voluminous hair, the boyish twinkle in your eyes, and the way you emanate a puppy yearning for love, but we’re going with Harry on this one. Not only does he have looks, Harry possesses a devilish charm that not only adds mystery to his aura, it makes him a classic bad boy. #SexyStyles4Lyfe
Simon Cowell predicted it.
Cowell told Daily Star last year that he sees One Direction eventually becoming Five Directions. “Bands don’t stay together forever,” he said. “I think they will make at least two more albums together, and they are in the middle of one right now.” When asked if he thought Harry would leave later that year, Cowell responded, “I don’t think that is going to happen for a while.” So, you’re saying there’s a chance, Cowell?
He has more Twitter followers than One Direction.
Social media is a great indicator of an artist’s popularity. If Harry is single-handedly beating out One Direction for Twitter followers now, think of the spike in tweetybirds he’d see if he broke from the group.
Ditto for Instagram.
Not surprising, but true.
He has everyone else’s parts covered.
One Direction performed on The Today Show in Florida late last year. Zayn was unfortunately sick and couldn’t perform, so guess who sang his solo for him? Future solo artist Harry Styles. That’s who.
He secretly wants to.
While Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne were vocal at a 2014 press conference about not wanting solo careers, Harry Styles was silent, according to Entertainment Wise.
“I don’t think I’d be able to do it,” Louis said about pursuing a solo career. “It’s very intense and hard to comprehend.”
“It’s nice to have somebody there every day who’s going through exactly the same stuff you are,” Liam chimed in.
Harry, on the other hand, kept quiet. Of course he did. There’s no way he hasn’t imagined a solo career at this point. But will he act on it?
He’s left a band before.
Yes, before there was One Direction, there was White Eskimo — for Harry, at least. Harry mentioned the punk pop band in his audition clip for The X Factor. What the hell is White Eskimo up to these days? Still trying to make it.
He leads a higher profile lifestyle than his other band mates do.
We all know what happened with Taylor Swift. “Trouble.” That’s what. It felt like Harry’s relationship with Cara Delevingne was over before it ever began, but so goes the story for most celebrity relationships. The good thing to come out of both of these short-lived flings is the fact that they launched Harry further into the public eye. He was no longer just seen posing beside other members of his band, he was seen on outings with his hot celebrity girlfriends.
Boy bands staying together forever is not a thing.
As much as we’d like to believe it is a thing, boy bands staying together forever is just not. We’re not trying to smash your hopes, Directioners, but for your own sakes, don’t expect One Direction to say united for forever. History shows that this is next to impossible. Simon Cowell agrees.