Though it's been years since they were bandmates in One Direction, Liam is applauding Harry for remaining true to his character. During a recent chat with Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast, the 27-year-old singer explained why he would put Harry on the "Nice List" this year.
"He's never really lost himself, even in spite of everything after the band," Liam said, adding that he and Harry "didn't speak for a long time" after the band went on hiatus in 2015. "Then I remember seeing him...it was actually at Jingle Bell Ball, backstage for the first time in a long time...and he's still the same guy he was when we left each other in that dressing room as the band kind of stopped for a little bit."
When host Roman brought up Harry's recent history-making Vogue cover story—which sparked backlash from author Candace Owens who said to "bring back manly men"—Liam praised the "Sign of the Times" singer for how he handled the controversy.
"Oh, I thought it was great, you know," Liam said. "I think he's enjoying himself and he's free to do as he wishes. There's been a lot more stuff going on this year than whether or not he's wearing the right clothes in someone else's mind."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">the way <a href="https://twitter.com/LiamPayne?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LiamPayne</a> just popped <a href="https://twitter.com/Harry_Styles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Harry_Styles</a> on the Nice List for all 👏 the 👏 right 👏 reasons. <a href="https://t.co/CxKlvyXh2A">pic.twitter.com/CxKlvyXh2A</a></p>— Capital (@CapitalOfficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/CapitalOfficial/status/1343300625413648389?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
As fans may recall, Harry fired back at Candace's comment about his Vogue dress in early December while posting a photo from his Variety Hitmaker of the Year piece. Alongside a picture of him eating a banana while wearing a Palomo Spain suit, Harry wrote, "Bring back manly men."
In the interview for the 2020 honor, Harry spoke about his fashion choices. "To not wear [something] because it's females' clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes," he told the outlet. "And I think what's exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn't have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred."