Harry Styles has admitted that he once “bit off” the tip of his tongue after taking magic mushrooms.
The singer has revealed that he tried the psychedelic drug while recording his upcoming album, which will be about “having sex and feeling sad”.
During a new interview with Rolling Stone, Harry takes writer Rob Sheffield to Shangri-La studios in Malibu.
When they entered the studio, Harry told Rob: “Ah, yes. Did a lot of mushrooms in here.”
He went on to explain: “We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine. We’d just turn the speakers into the yard.”
Harry then pointed to an area in the studio, and said, “This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth. So many fond memories, this place.”
The 25-year-old also had a lot of positive things to say about his time in One Direction – who split in early 2016.
On being in the group, Harry said, “It was so much fun. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it. It’s not like I was tied to a radiator.”
“I know it’s the thing that always happens. When somebody gets out of a band, they go, ‘That wasn’t me. I was held back.’ But it was me. And I don’t feel like I was held back at all.”
Despite reports that the former bandmates don’t get on, Harry said he “definitely” took friendships with him after the band split up.
He said, “Because above all else, we’re the people who went through that. We’re always going to have that, even if we’re not the closest.”
“And the fact is, just because you’re in a band with someone doesn’t mean you have to be best friends. That’s not always how it works. Just because Fleetwood Mac fight, that doesn’t mean they’re not amazing.”
He continued, “I think even in the disagreements, there’s always a mutual respect for each other — we did this really cool thing together, and we’ll always have that. It’s too important to me to ever be like, ‘Oh, that’s done.’ But if it happens it will happen for the right reasons.”
When asked about the possibility of One Direction reuniting in the future, Harry said: “I don’t know. I don’t think I’d ever say I’d never do it again, because I don’t feel that way.”
“If there’s a time when we all really want to do it, that’s the only time for us to do it, because I don’t think it should be about anything else other than the fact that we’re all like, ‘Hey, this was really fun. We should do this again.’”
“But until that time, I feel like I’m really enjoying making music and experimenting. I enjoy making music this way too much to see myself doing a full switch, to go back and do that again. Because I also think if we went back to doing things the same way, it wouldn’t be the same, anyway.”
In the cover story, Harry’s friend Tom Hull also mentions his split from model Camille Rowe – and how it affected him.
Tom said: “[Styles] went through this breakup that had a big impact on him. I turned up on Day One in the studio, and I had these really nice slippers on. His ex-girlfriend that he was really cut up about, she gave them to me as a present — she bought slippers for my whole family. We’re still close friends with her.”
“I thought, ‘I like these slippers. Can I wear them — is that weird?’ So I turn up at Shangri-La the first day and literally within the first half-hour, he looks at me and says, ‘Where’d you get those slippers? They’re nice.'”
“I had to say, ‘Oh, um, your ex-girlfriend got them for me.’ He said, ‘Whaaaat? How could you wear those?’ He had a whole emotional journey about her, this whole relationship. But I kept saying, ‘The best way of dealing with it is to put it in these songs you’re writing.'”