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The True Confessions of A Real Life Twenty-Something Harry Styles Fan

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Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m a 23-year-old woman whose celebrity crush is Harry Styles, a 20-year-old member of a boy band loved by tweens worldwide. I didn’t want my life to end up this way. In fact, when One Direction made their way into America, I avoided them at all cost. I didn’t need another boy band because I had two amazing groups in my youth (thanks *NSYNC and BSB) and I was too old to be a fangirl for another group of boys harmonizing on pop ballads together.

But on a sunny March day in 2012 at an Outback Steakhouse in Las Vegas, “What Makes You Beautiful” snuck up on me in an extremely catchy fashion. I was on vacation, so I was in high spirits and extremely vulnerable to getting sucked into a happy pop song. “Who does this beautiful voice belong to?” I screamed through a handful of cheese fries. After returning to my hotel and downloading One Direction’s entire first album, I realized that that voice belonged to none other than Harry Styles and from then on, life would never be the same. So to celebrate Harry Style’s 20th birthday, or as I like to call it: the event which celebrates my new-found level of comfort with our age difference, here’s a look inside the mind of a twenty-something Harry Styles fan.

Watching a lot (and I mean a lot) of interviews is completely normal.

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It’s really great being a fan of someone that literally millions of other people are fans of because that means YouTubers make life easier by putting together compilation videos like “Harry Styles’ Funniest 2013 Interview Moments.” Now I don’t have to sit through Louis, Liam, Zayn or Niall’s interviews unless I want to. But I'm a busy lady!

The greatest times of my summer internship at a tween magazine were spent researching Harry.

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Find quotes about what Harry was like in school? Okay. Watch all their music videos and pick out his cutest moments? OKAY. Paying me to do these things? Oh no, it’s an unpaid internship? That’s fine, just pay me in Harry Styles research.

I’m willing to spend hours trapped in a venue with terrifying 12-year-olds at a 1D concert.

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When one of my best friends and fellow twenty-something One Direction fan asked me if I wanted to go to their concert with her, I couldn’t yell “Yes!!!!!!!” or throw ticket money at her fast enough. She's a Liam girl, so I know I can trust her. I’m just trying to forget that I’m going to be in a room with the loudest girls in the New York area (me obviously being one of them). But benefit of being a fan who is over 21? I can drink all the alcohol!

And this will most definitely be me at said concert:

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There is definitely a Harry’s solo only YouTube video in my internet history.

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And I may or may not be listening to it while I write this. But it’s for inspiration, so it doesn’t count, right? Harry Styles' voice in “Little Things” for the win, though.

It gives me something to talk about with my 11-year-old sister since we have the same celeb crush.

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Other than being a fan of Harry, my little sister and I have zilch in common. She's 11, so she's preoccupied with horses and hating science class. So this obsession only brings us closer together. I'm doing it for the bonds of sisterhood! We can spend all our time talking about what girls Harry should actually date once he gets out of all his fakelationships. Our front runner is Selena Gomez, but we won't get our hopes up.

I’ve started to find really terrible tattoos attractive.

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Harry makes it really hard on a girl when he gets a giant moth (or butterfly?) tattooed right on the middle of his chest. But the more I look at it, the more I like it. Can you get Stockholm Syndrome from a tattoo? We should do a study.

Watching This Is Us was a religious experience.

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And by religious experience, I mean it was a lot of me screaming “Why are you the way you are?” at the television. I didn’t see it in movie theaters because I knew I wouldn’t be mentally stable enough to be in a room of strangers while Harry walked around shirtless on a giant screen. I would have made the entire room uncomfortable. So really, I was being selfless.

So happy birthday Harry Styles, stay handsome.

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