Marvel Cinematic Universe God and occasional singer Harry Styles have deigned to bestow upon the humble of the earth a new single: “As It Was,” the first track from his forthcoming third album, Harry’s House. After sending fans (literally) round in circles with a turntable sneak peek earlier this week, “as it was” officially hit the internet with a predictable touch of ecstasy: the music video, which features styles cavorting with trills. of synth-pop in a scarlet with sequins. jumpsuit, had 371,000 viewers in the waiting room when it premiered at 7 p.m. tonight. Add in the fact that Styles takes off his shirt over the course of the video, and we’re predicting not just a record breaking video viewership, but the crème de la crème of thirst memes.
Still, as fans quickly gathered on twitter, the song seems not to be about the female orgasm, as was the case with “watermelon sugar”. instead, the upbeat synth-pop bop “as it was” takes a confessional, even melancholy, perspective. Like the more introspective songs on his album Fine Line, “As It Was” explores Styles’ self-image and, in particular, his conflicting feelings around the stardom he’s amassed, the kind that could make mental health, not to mention romance, be a challenge. This is a topic that Styles seems to address frequently on her new album, which she announced will arrive on May 20.
Of course, fans were quick to catch on, with the theory that the song makes a vague reference to Styles’ girlfriend, Olivia Wilde; the beloved director’s name, don’t worry, started trending on twitter minutes after the song’s release. Many listeners took note, in particular, of the lines mentioning “two children” and “leaving America.” (Wilde has two children with her ex Jason Sudeikis of hers). But don’t expect any confirmation of inspiration about Styles ending: As the stunned singer said in November 2021, she “she tried to compartmentalize my personal life and my work life.”
Some fans have guessed that the girl who speaks at the beginning of “as it was” could be one of wilde’s children, but styles revealed to the capital breakfast radio show that it is actually his goddaughter, ruby winston, from 5 years. “She used to try to call me before bed every night, and she once didn’t ring or something, so they sent me that,” she said. “I dug it up when we were in the studio and put it in front of the song for some reason, and I fell in love with it, so it stayed.”
In addition to new music, Styles has enjoyed a pretty bright year: whether it’s gyrating his hips at Harryween, filming My Cops with Princess Diana, or dropping his nice beauty line, which saw Londoners line up. for hours outside the mushroom flower pop of the city. -up store—styles seem to bring a technicolor touch to any project of your choosing.
“There was a time when I was younger, and I was in [one direction], when I would have been afraid that everything would stop,” the stunned artist said recently. “I didn’t necessarily know who he was if he wasn’t in the band. now, the idea of people saying, ‘we don’t like your music anymore, go away’ doesn’t scare me. I think there was a time when he did. it gives me the freedom to say, ‘great!’ I am not working from a place of fear. I’m working from a place of wanting to figure things out and try different things.”
Read the full lyrics and watch the “as it was” music video below.
[spoken] come on, harry, we want to say “good night” to you
it stops me gravity stops me I want you to extend the palm of your hand why don’t we leave it like that? nothing to say and everything gets in the way it seems you can’t be replaced and I’m the one who will stay, oh-oh-o in this world, it’s just us, you know it’s not the same as it was in this world, it’s just us, you know it’s not the same as it was, as it was, as it was, you know it’s not the same pick up the phone “harry , you’re no good just why are you sitting on the floor at home? what kind of pills are you taking ?in this world, it’s just us you know it’s not the same as in this world, it’s just us you know it’s not the same as before i don’t wanna talk about what it was like leaving america, two kids, falling in love. I don’t want to talk about who’s doing it first. It’s not the same as it was as it was, as it was
correction: an earlier version of this article stated that sudeikis was wilde’s ex-husband. he is her ex-fiancé.