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Harry Styles just said he used to feel 'ashamed' about his sex life

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It must be tough being famous – no, seriously. I mean, I'm here for the financial side of things... don't get me wrong, but the thought of not being able to pop to Tesco Express in your PJs or go on a date without it being front page news? Sounds stressful AF.

It's something that Harry Styles has recently spoken out about too, or more specifically, should we say, how the relentless press coverage he's received since joining One Direction as a teenager has impacted on his relationships and mental health, even leading him to feel "ashamed" of his sex life at one point.

Speaking to Better Homes & Gardens, whilst promoting his new album Harry's House, the mega star reflected on being catapulted into the spot light at such a young age. "For a long time, it felt like the only thing that was mine was my sex life," Harry explains. "I felt so ashamed about it, ashamed at the idea of people even knowing that I was having sex, let alone who with."

Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

He described feeling under pressure to maintain a squeaky-clean image whilst in the band and said, "At the time, there were still the kiss-and-tell things. Working out who I could trust was stressful, but I think I got to a place where I was like, why do I feel ashamed? I'm a 26-year-old man who's single; it's like, yes, I have sex."

Harry, who is currently in a relationship with actor Olivia Wilde, also spoke about the pressure he feels to publicly put a label on his sexuality – something he's been questioned about multiple times, with some people accusing him of 'cashing in' on alluding to being queer, but never confirming.

"I've been really open with it with my friends, but that's my personal experience; it's mine," the singer said. "The whole point of where we should be heading, which is toward accepting everybody and being more open, is that it doesn't matter, and it's about not having to label everything, not having to clarify what boxes you're checking."

Amen to that, Harry!

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