Harry Styles is living the dream as a member of One Direction, one of the hottest musical acts in the world right now, but his life wasn't always so perfect.
At just 7-years-old, Harry had to face the reality that his parents would not be living happily ever after and then had to watch his father walk out of their home for good two years later.
Des Styles is no deadbeat dad though and, despite the divorce, has maintained a healthy relationship with his son. The 54-year-old recently sat down to talk about the good times and the bad with his boy. Find out what he had to say … AFTER THE JUMP!
On the divorce:
“He was only about seven when I sat them down and told them I was leaving. Everybody was in tears. We were sitting in the lounge. Gemma and Harry were sitting on the floor in front of us, Anne and I on the sofa, and both of them were crying. Generally, you wouldn’t see him cry as much as maybe some kids do – he wasn’t generally emotional or a cry baby – but he cried then. The way we sat them down and told them we weren’t going to be together any more, it was probably the worst day of my life.”
On shaping his son's success:
"He’s polite and well mannered, he’s trained up properly, but it wasn’t me, of course not, it would be Anne. But in his younger years, it was me. I say show me the lad at seven and I’ll show you the man, so I was there then. I’m just so proud of Harry. Three years ago, he was working in the bakery in the local village and now he’s something like 86th on twitter in the world.”
On his son's sex life:
“I never needed to sit him down and tell him about the birds and the bees. I tried to train him up as we went along. We had those conversations and it was almost as though he’d say, ‘Yeah, dad, I’m on board with that’, rather than going all sicky and saying, ‘Oh dad don’t talk about things like that’, you know the way some kids do. I said to Harry, just make sure you don’t get anyone pregnant because if that were to happen, it would really screw things up big time. If he then makes a mistake, so be it. There’s nothing I can do to stop him doing anything. He’s away in a different country and completely different world. From a One Direction aspect, it wouldn’t be great. It would drive a truck through that. I don’t think it would bother him too much if he did get a girl pregnant. He would be a responsible parent and get on with it, which seems a bit bizarre, doesn’t it? But I honestly think that’s the way he’d be.”
On Harry's fling with cougar Caroline Flack:
“With Caroline Flack, you can imagine, dads and sons, it’s like, ‘Fair play, son.’ But it was a bit ridiculous, 32 or whatever she was and 17. It’s a bit extreme really.”
On maintaining their bond while Harry tours the world:
“The downside for me is I hardly see him. But on Father’s day Harry sent me texts saying ‘Love you more than all the world, kiss kiss kiss,’ from LA … I’m just very proud to be his dad but I don’t want to exploit that either, I just want to be here if he needs me.”
Des had A LOT to say about his son and U can read more about it here. Thankfully, it sounds like there is only love between them and, unlike some other celebrity dads, Des isn't innerested in taking advantage of his son's fame.
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