Harry Style was born and raised in the United Kingdom, and he spent a large portion of his youth in the small village of Holmes Chapel in the English county of Cheshire.
The decision to travel to Manchester for the British version of The X Factor auditions by the aspiring singer at the age of 16 completely altered the course of his life.
The judges for the competition, who were led by Nicole Scherzinger, ultimately selected Harry as one of the five members of a brand-new boy band that also included Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster, Zayn Malik from Bradford, Liam Payne from Wolverhampton, and Irishman Niall Horan.
The five teenagers came together to form One Direction, a band you may have heard of. They quickly arrived in the heart of London for the X Factor live shows.
The band ultimately placed third in the series, but that didn’t stop them from finding enormous success all over the world.
One Direction went on the X Factor tour across the nation after the show, and when they dropped their debut single in September 2011, it shot to the top of the British charts.
One Direction was quickly signed by an American record label as a result of the group’s commercial success in their native country and their rising social media popularity. They arrived in the country as the opening act for Big Time Rush.
One Direction dominated the global music scene up until their hiatus in January 2016, and the rest, as they say, is history.
After the announced hiatus, all five members pursued solo careers, but only one achieved the same level of mainstream global success as the band did during its heyday.
Harry Style is the one who has firmly established himself in the industry and ventured into acting, even though Louis, Zayn, Niall, and Liam have all individually experienced significant chart success.
Harry Style has won two Brit Awards, a Grammy Award, an Ivor Novello Award, and an American Music Award for his solo work in the years since One Direction’s breakup. Additionally, all three of his solo albums have received positive reviews from critics.
Harry Style is currently halfway through a seven-leg, 167-date tour that began in 2021 and won’t wrap up until July 2023.
The concert, titled Love On Tour, features performances of some of his most well-known songs, including his 2022 hit “As It Was,” and is in support of his second and third studio albums.
But due to the lyrics, “Leave America, two kids follow her,” this song has divided Harry’s fans.
When “As It Was” was released last year, British fans used it as a means of protesting Harry’s overstaying of his visit to the US for his performances there.
In dozens of videos from his UK performances, the audience can be heard chanting “Leave America” and becoming noticeably quieter to emphasise their point in response to the lyrics on either side.
He eventually stopped singing “leave America” entirely because he anticipated the British fans’ shrieks of approval
Two Wembley Hslot tickets are available for purchase on the grounds of betrayal from our own kind, a fan shared in a TikTok in which they shared an audio clip of the change.
Another user shared a video with the confession: “I didn’t think Harry could ever make me feel the ick, but last night’s ‘never leave America’ really did it for me.
And the majority of the commenters agreed on this, with one stating that they were “genuinely so salty at him over this.”
Another concurred, saying, “I’m neither British nor a big fan, but for some reason I feel completely betrayed.” Going to say it, this whole UK vs. America thing is starting to make me like him less, someone else wrote.
And before you knew it, the fans were plotting how to get their own back, with many referencing the famous One Direction song “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” as they accused Harry of forgetting his roots.
“we should just not sing during as it was and hold up or country flags 💀” one fan commented. Someone else added: “Sing don’t forget where you belong in his UK concert 😏 HUMBLE HIM.”
“dont forgot where you belonggg🎶🎶🎶” a simple second reference to the song read, while another fan warned: “DONT FORGET WHERE YOU BELONG HARRY.”
And if that is the case, maybe he really will never leave America.