Harry Styles — there are celebrities who forget that they wouldn’t be rolling in fame and dough without their fans. You are not one of those types of stars. Here’s why you get a huge high-five from Hollywoodlife.com.
When One Direction superfan Alex boarded a flight from LA to London, she got the surprise of her life when she found you, Harry Styles, in the seat right next to hers. Now, there are loads of A-listers who would freak out if they were trapped for 10 hours on a plane with one of their most devoted fans. Not Harry. He chatted with Alex, took photos with her and generally charmed the socks off her.
She couldn’t help herself from documenting her close encounter with His Harryness. “You were so lovely and you took your time to have a nice long chat with me thank you so much!!!” she tweeted. In fact, she tweeted several times about how sweet and thoughtful you were. But this is far from the first time, Harry, 21, that you’ve demonstrated how much you appreciate and care about your fans and that you even get a kick out of them.
You once comforted a fan called Ruth who was stricken with a panic attack while she waited in line for a One Direction signing of your book Who We Are. Ruth was surrounded by paramedics when you spotted her in distress and came over to see her and try to help her feel better. And let’s not forget when you made a terminally ill girl’s dream come true when you took her on a virtual date. Or how about the highly-documented time that you spotted a fan’s sign during a One Direction concert and had security bring it up on stage. The sign read, “Harry, your so nice”, and you thoughtfully corrected the grammar onstage to say “you’re” and then added “Thank you, Love, Harry”.
At Hollywoodlife.com, our own reporter, Sandra Clark, met you at the rehearsal for the American Music Awards, and you couldn’t have been warmer and more friendly. The photos you took with Sandra were so cute.
Here’s the thing. There are celebrities who seem to forget that they have been boosted into the stratosphere by their fans. It’s fans who buy their music and movie tickets and watch their TV shows or sports events. It’s perfectly normal for fans to be curious about the talented stars they admire and even try to emulate.
It’s understandable for fans to “die” to get a photo of themselves with their heroes and heroines. And of course they want to read everything about them. Harry, you get this. You appreciate the millions of (mostly young) women who think that you’re the greatest, and you give back the love that you get. That is mature and admirable. It also seems very genuine. You truly appreciate and enjoy your close encounters with fans. In fact, you aren’t afraid in general of close encounters with normal folks.
You have been photographed coming out of the subway in NYC, riding the subway in London, and Hollywoodlife.com eyewitnesses have seen you quietly having drinks in LA bars with no fanfare. You like the low-key, normal, no-frills life and you like your fans. Thanks, Harry, for showing fans so much love and for maintaining normalcy, despite the tsunami of your One Direction success.
Do you agree, Hollywoodlifers? Do you love Harry for not letting fame get to his gorgeous head? Let me know.