Former One Directioner Harry Styles is the last of his bandmates to release a solo project, so his return to the music world is kind of a big deal. While fans have been waiting patiently for the singer to announce any deets, it turns out there is one person he has been chatting with about going solo: none other than music icon Adele.
In a recent interview with Nick Grimshaw of BBC Radio 1, Styles says, “I’ve spoken to her a little bit, she knows one of the guys that I wrote [my music with] a lot. But I don’t think so much advice, I just like how she does stuff. I think she leads by example, she’s the biggest, she’s amazing, she’s the best so she should be the biggest. The thing with her is she’s a different thing, she’s just good at it, I like how she does everything, it looks very nice.”
Adele has been an inspiration to Styles for some time, as the now 23-year-old remembers the hilarious present she gifted him on his 21st birthday. “She gave me one of her albums 21 and said, ‘I did some pretty cool stuff when I was 21, good luck’ and I was like, ‘geez,'" he says.
Gifting your own album? Bold move! But she's Adele, so she can do anything. Apparently the gesture was well-received, as the singer will release his debut single "Sign of the Times" on April 7.
Styles tells Grimshaw that he started working on the album during February of last year. He paused the project to work on a movie (no complaints there!) and finished writing the album in December. Sure, Styles has been pretty busy (his film Dunkirk is scheduled to debut in July), but he's still pulling out all the stops for his first solo track. Earlier this week, photos leaked of the star dangling from a helicopter in Scotland, filming the video for his highly anticipated single.
Almost a year and a half since One Direction's split, the world (and his pal Adele) is more than pumped for a solo Harry Styles.