This is your daily reminder that body-shaming is not limited to any type of gender, sexual orientation, or financial status. Harry Styles—one of the biggest stars in the world right now—is all over TikTok because users are convinced that he is…wait for it…bald.
Videos and pictures of the singer have been posted supposedly backing up this claim, including interview footage of him joking he’ll be the first person to go bald as well as ambiguous footage of his hair “lifting” as he adjusts his microphone and ear piece onstage.
Fans have then gone back over their own pictures of Styles in concert, zooming in to try to find evidence of this internet conspiracy theory. These flames were fanned by none other than Deux Moi, the anonymous, Gossip Girl–style Instagram account that posts regular rumors from the world of Hollywood (without fact-checking a single claim, it should be noted). The account posted that a star with a huge female following was actually bald and wore a toupee.
The post reads: “This A list musician / occasional actor has a dirty little secret he hasn’t shared with fans. Literally! He has gone almost completely bald. His hairpiece is so lifelike that only a good eye could pick it out, and that’s on a bad day. However! He doesn’t take it off.”
TikToker Abigail Henry believes this could be true and pointed out that Styles has said in the past that he’s found it really easy to make himself unrecognizable in public. Henry even captioned her video “JUSTICE FOR BALDARRY,” but others have piled into the comments with less supportive comments about Styles’s potential baldness.
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One posted: “I hope we’re getting robbed bc the thought alone of a bald harry is scaring me 😭”, while another said: “it’s getting too real and i’m scared.”
There are lots of very real alternative possibilities here, one being that Styles wears extensions or some kind of hair piece to add volume, just like countless female celebrities are known to do. But what is most concerning is certain reactions to baldness—why is it scary?
Aside from the fact that it’s nobody’s business, this attitude toward baldness is damaging to anyone who is, actually, bald. Not to mention people who may have lost their hair for an array of other reasons. Two thirds of all men will eventually be affected by male pattern baldness, while 15 in every 10,000 people in the U.K. have alopecia areata and face losing their hair. Why is the “perfect body” centered around someone having hair in certain places and not others?