anon needs to watch interviews from formerly closeted artists. if they aren't contractually obligated they're pressured and guilted into it. harry became a multimillionaire off his sexual availability to women. coming out as gay and in a committed relationship with a man half his fandom hates is career suicide. just recently there was a viral tweet of what harries would do if larry was real and literally all of them said they'd unstan. the fear of his fanbase isn't of him being attracted to men so them waving that they're okay with him being nonhet doesn't prove they aren't homophobes, it's of him not being attracted to women that would kill the stanning experience for them. that's what makes them homophobes. which half of his fanbase is.
so yes, he's in the closet. an x factor contract details that they're allowed full access to your image and can change your life story at will "indefinitely and in any universe", and 1d are still contractually active, meaning harry is still legally under an x factor contract. everyone around him bizarrely blabbing about camille while he stays silent could easily be a loophole related to publicly disclosing information about his relationship with women, and this being the first relationship he's ever publicly talked about and even "dedicated" an album too could also be in exchange of being single and not having to have a woman attached to him for the first time in his entire career. it's all about deals.
when you're in the closet nothing is about not being authentic or real or about being a coward. closets keep you safe. when you're working in an environment where the whole room will congratulate you on coming out before you inexplicably find yourself ignored by previous work connections, it's about safety. when half your fandom and half the world detests and sends death threats to people who believe you're gay and in a relationship with a specific man, it's about safety. fine line would not have been the success it was without a closet. he wouldn't have a sold out tour. if adore you was about louis tomlinson, half his fanbase would ignore it and it wouldn't have been the #4 song of the summer. no grammies. no platinum certificates. and you can call him a coward and a fake for being afraid of losing his full potential but it's been his livelihood since he was 16. most gay artists come out well in their 40s, long after their careers have peaked. and you can't blame them. we live in a society where it's still illegal in some countries to even be gay. it's not this progressive utopia just because companies put rainbows on their products for pride month.
everyone loves gay people theoretically. to your face they adore you. your parents could smile and say they support you when you come out, but are still visibly uncomfortable if you talk about your attraction to the same sex and ask that you keep it a secret when the rest of your family shows up. to keep things less awkward, they tell you, when really they're just embarrassed. like, homophobia doesn't end just because you aren't arrested on sight if you come out anymore. globally, it exists. and harry is a global figure.
not to mention elton john, ricky martin, lil nas x, and tyler the creator wrote songs about women and still do. even after they come out and their fanbase says they support them some still have to write about women to get radio play. they're still musicians, this is still their JOB and they have BILLS to PAY.
like i'm just tired of the "harry is so authentic and honest he would never be a big deceptive cowardly liar and be in the closet!" like....... come on. show some damn empathy.
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