des styles

He’d previously played the new album for his mother, on a stool, in the living room, on cheap speakers. She’d cried hearing ‘Sign of the Times.’ Now he sat with his father – who liked the new song 'Carolina’ best – both having come full circle. Styles is moved as he describes how he felt. We’re sitting in Corden’s empty office, talking over a few last subjects before he returns to England. “I think, as a parent, especially with the band stuff, it was such a roller coaster,” he says. “I feel like they were always thinking, 'OK, this ride could stop at any point and we’re going to have to be there when it does.’ There was something about playing the album and how happy I was that told them, 'If all I get is to make this music, I’m content. If I’m never on that big ride again, I’m happy and proud of it.’

“I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)