Harry Styles’ Mother Anne Twist Defends Her Son Amid Hairgate

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Harry Styles, the Grammy winner who performed for sold out Madison Square Garden residencies and later Slane Castle in Ireland, made headlines for a very different reason recently. He has officially shaved off his signature wispy curls. Naturally, the drastic change is being met with widespread memes and shock from the singer’s dedicated fans.

Amid the online frenzy, Styles’ mother, Anne Twist, reposted a screenshot from an Instagram account called “Who Gives A Crap” that reminded concerned fans that Styles’ hair will indeed grow back. Twist re shared Styles’ own confirmation of the haircut and reminded fans to follow her son’s ethos–to treat people with kindness.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Harry Styles performs at The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Harry Styles performs at The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Max Cisotti/Dave Benett/Getty Images)


“When you consider that H has a legacy of kindness and inclusion, has always made every effort to make everyone feel seen and appreciated for exactly who they are … there’s an irony in the negativity he’s been shown for having a haircut. Sorry but I don’t get it 🤷🏻‍♀️,” Twist captioned the snapshot, which Styles shared for his upcoming fragrance and beauty brand Pleasing.


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The theory that Styles shaved his head first began with a widely circulated grainy image taken by a fan who had spotted the singer at a U2 concert with his rumored girlfriend, actress Taylor Russell. TMZ later published clearer images of the pair  in which Styles clearly dons a buzz cut.


Social Media Responses

Initially, responses predominantly consisted of claims along the lines of “how is he Harry Styles with no hair to style” in reference to his name serving as a homonym for hair style. Now, some fans are dialing it down now that Twist felt the need to defend her son on Instagram. Many agreed with her sentiment, given the singer’s longtime messaging of acceptance towards all audiences.

Some find the online frenzy surrounding the haircut to be bizarre.

Styles has alternated between longer and shorter haircuts over the years, but has never shaved his head until now. The shock continues to reverberate across TikTok, with some even posting memorials to his hair.


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♬ som original – ㅤ


Styles is yet to directly comment on hairgate or his motivations for shaving his head at this time. The singer only confirmed the unthinkable via the now viral Pleasing photo, in which he is wearing a sweater soon for sale with the brand. Pleasing, Styles’ lifestyle and wellness brand, offers gender-neutral nail kits, skincare, makeup, and apparel. The waitlist for a number of items is open now, and the fragrance collections are now available for purchase here.

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