Harry Styles has been making the rounds promoting his Fine Line album, dropping a few hints here and there about what to expect. In a recent interview with Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station, the 25-year-old singer revealed that his song "Cherry" features one of his ex-girlfriends. That's right, it's not just about his ex; she's actually on the track.
Styles never actually said which ex-girlfriend is on the song, but he did confirm that she gave him permission to use her voice. "I don't know. I think it was because it got added in later on, and it felt so part of the song," he said. "It just felt like it needed it. We're friends and stuff, so I asked her if it was OK. And she was OK with it. I think she liked it."
He also shared how "Cherry" came to fruition. "The night that I wrote it, we'd been writing for a few weeks," he said. "And everyone had left the studio. It was me, Tyler [Johnson], and Sammy [Witte], who's our engineer, and we were kind of sitting around talking at 2 a.m., maybe. And I was saying that I was feeling a lot of pressure, because the last record wasn't a radio record."
However, Styles said his team encouraged him to stay true to who he is, adding, "Tyler just said to me, 'You just have to make the record that you want to make right now. That's it. There's no let me make sure this one is a commercial success, so that I can make what I want later down the road. You just have to make the record that you want to make right now.'"
So, who are the potential inspirations behind Styles's 2 a.m. musings? There are a few options, as Styles has been in a handful of relationships over the years. It could be Kendall Jenner, with whom he had an on-again, off-again relationship from 2013 to 2016. Or maybe it's Tess Ward, the food blogger who reportedly split with Styles to get back with her ex after she and the "Watermelon Sugar" singer were briefly together in 2017. But many are convinced it's either Taylor Swift — whom Styles dated from 2012 to 2013 — or Camille Rowe — the 33-year-old model who was most recently linked to Styles from 2017 to 2018.
Swift and Styles do have a history of writing songs about each other. Swift supposedly sang about Styles in her 2012 hit "I Knew You Were Trouble," as well as in 2014's "Out of the Woods," "I Wish You Would," and "Style." According to some fans, Styles responded to the breakup anthems with his 2015 jam "Perfect" and 2017 bops "Two Ghosts" and "Ever Since New York." However, by now it seems like everything would be water under the bridge, so we're not sure if Styles would continue with their perceived back-and-forth. But rest assured the Styles fandom will figure out who's featured in "Cherry" when Fine Line drops on Dec. 13!