We’re not crying, you’re crying

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA HARRY STYLES ON TWITTER

Feather boas. Pink cowboy hats. These are just some of the items that were awash across Transport For London services this weekend as Harry Styles, possibly the biggest pop star on the planet, took to Wembley Stadium on Saturday and Sunday night for his Love On Tour shows. Supported by Mitski, fans with standing tickets inevitably started queuing well ahead of time to ensure maximum Harry exposure.

Last night, on his second and final night of the London leg, Harry embarked on an incredibly special moment with a fan. Mid-performance, he spotted a sign bearing the words “From Ono To Wembley: Help Me Come Out.” Of course, Mr. Styles obliged, asking: “So you’d like the people of Wembley to bring you out?”. Encouraging a rapture of applause, he stated: “When this flag goes above my head, you are officially out. I think that’s how it works. When this flag goes over the head, you’re officially gay, my boy.” Lifting a Pride Progress flag over his head, he shouted: “Congratulations, you are a free man!” We’re not crying, you’re crying. Sob.

Known for interacting with fans during his concerts, this isn’t the first time Harry has helped someone to come out live on stage. In November 2021, he helped a Milwaukee fan come out to her mum in the ultimate display of solidarity with WLW, something he similarly did in summer 2018. Noticing a sign reading the words “I’m going to come out to my mom because of you”, Harry swiftly asked: “What’s your mum’s name?” Finding the answer, he shouted “Tina, she’s gay!” Often seen dancing around on stage with Pride flags, Harry Styles is creating the ultimate safe space for his rainbow fans of all colours.

These onstage displays of support have been matched elsewhere. Back in 2018, he partnered with non-profit organisation GLSEN to release limited-edition Treat People With Kindness merch emblazoned with rainbows, with all proceeds going towards their work ensuring safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQI youth. In 2017, he donated the Gucci rainbow shoes he wore whilst promoting Dunkirk to London Friend, an LGBTQI mental health and wellbeing charity.

Of course, fans have been losing it online at this latest news.

And, our personal favourite…

Actions like these mean so much. We can’t even touch the surface of how beautiful this is. Thank you, Harry Styles, for creating such a loving, homely atmosphere not just at your live shows, but within your music. Now that’s how to be a popstar.

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