Instead of the lengthy, swept back locks Styles sported on the cover of Rolling Stone -- and has been rocking for quite a few months -- his new look is remarkably shorter, messier and divisive.
Photos of Styles' style surfaced after the "Sign of the Times" singer posed with fans on Sunday while traveling in Italy. The pics also showed off his new light facial hair.
While some have decried his new look, and even gone so far as to declare they want to "unstan" him, there's also been backlash to the backlash.
Many fans are digging the new 'do, and are vocally defending the handsome star on Twitter, while many others are suggesting that the new look and the Rolling Stone interview are signs that his second solo album is on its way.
Styles noted that the new album is "all about having sex and feeling sad." He was also candid about using drugs while recording the new album.
"We'd do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney's Ram in the sunshine," he said about his creative process at Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California. "We'd just turn the speakers into the yard."
"You'd hear the blender going, and think, 'So we’re all having frozen margaritas at 10 a.m. this morning,'" he continued. "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. ... 'Mushrooms and Blood.' Now there's an album title."
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