Harry Styles kicked off his first ever solo tour in a sold-out show in San Francisco last night, with the singer impressing his fans as he performed a 14-song set list that included two One Direction songs and a Fleetwood Mac cover.
Defying reports that he is desperate to shake his 1D past, Harry proved that he has nothing but love for his band as he gave brilliant renditions of their hit song ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and album track ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, much to the audience’s delight.
Harry also performed a song that he wrote for Ariana Grande, ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart’, and ‘The Chain’ by the iconic Fleetwood Mac.
As if that wasn’t enough, the 23-year-old star sang his self-titled debut solo album, which shot to number one across the globe when it was released in April, in its entirety.
However, it wasn’t just the music that Harry was focusing on last night, with fans being left touched when they saw that much of his official merchandise featured the slogan: ‘Treat People With Kindness’ – a mantra that he is famed for.
In addition, and similarly to when he performed with One Direction, Harry was sure to embrace the LGBTQ+ community during his show as he performed with a gay pride flag that he waved around and danced with before tying it to his microphone stand:
— ashley (@5secondsxxluke) September 20, 2017
Always a vocal advocate of LGBTQ+ rights, the move did not go unnoticed by fans, who took to social media to praise the star for continuing to be so open with his support for the community:
HARRY REALLY CALLED US HIS BEST FRIENDS THEN PROCEEDED TO PRANCE AROUND WITH A PRIDE FLAG WHILE SINGING WOMAN I LOVE ONE MAN pic.twitter.com/LYEdWtvIk8
— M. 11 (@cigarettehands) September 20, 2017
— . (@lgbtqiaddie) September 20, 2017
harry really sang just a little bit of your heart and had a pride flag on his mic i have reached maximum satisfaction.
— sara (@thisbemesara) September 20, 2017
Harry holding up a pride flag is my kink at least I know my idol loves me
— zoya loves matt (@caffreysdegas) September 20, 2017
Harry having a pride flag while singing woman my favorite song ever. Now I am ready to have an amazing life
— jos (@logiclyhs) September 20, 2017
Having previously sparked debate over his own sexuality, most notably by saying that gender is “not that important” when it came to choosing a partner and using gender-neutral pronouns when discussing relationships, Harry refused to put a label on his sexual orientation when quizzed about it earlier this year.
He said: “It’s weird for me – everyone should just be who they want to be. It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.”
When pushed on whether he has specifically labelled his own sexuality, Harry was quoted as saying: “No, I’ve never felt the need to really. No.
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself.”
And, to be honest, why on earth should he?