After One Direction officially split in 2016, former band member Harry Styles has, for some, reached icon status as a solo artist, topping the charts with his self-penned songs and winning his first Grammy in 2021, as well as an upcoming actor, filming roles on the big screen. But coming out with two solo albums and having a third one on the way—we honestly can’t wait for Harry’s House—doesn’t seem to be enough in the eyes of English singer-songwriter, former Oasis star and infamous hater Noel Gallagher.
Gallagher recently told the Daily Star that “anything that has come from [The X Factor]” has “nothing to do with music.” Speaking more specifically about Styles, he continued, “You’re not telling me Harry Styles is currently in a room somewhere writing a song. With any joy, he’ll be surrounded by a lot of girls. I can assure you he’s not got an acoustic guitar out trying to write a middle eight for something.”
The bitter rock star—who is often making headlines for laying into whoever’s popular at that moment (who can forget his Little Mix jibe?)—went on to claim that stars who made it on The X Factor don’t work as hard as “real” artists. To name but a few, the iconic show launched the careers of the aforementioned girl band, Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke and of course, One Direction.
Though we like to think that we’re mature enough to not take Gallagher’s comments to heart, we’d also like to point out one thing here: Styles has co-writing credits on every song he’s released since going solo, including his new single ‘As It Was’—which is a total bop, by the way.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Styles returned to the music scene last week with his new track, which looks set to earn the heartthrob his second solo number one in the UK.
Rolling Stone also reported that the ex One Direction favourite has taken it quite a few steps further than the acoustic guitar, “For Fine Line cut ‘Canyon Moon’, he tracked down Joellen Lapidus, the woman who built the dulcimer that Joni Mitchell herself plays throughout her classic 1971 album Blue.”
As of now, Styles or any of his representatives have not responded to Gallagher’s pathetic pass. And honestly, we doubt they ever will. We like to think that the Pleasing founder is bigger than that… Treat People With Kindness after all.