But he probably wasn’t expecting quite the hysteria he would create with his throw-away comment about gender not being particularly important.
Styles was being interviewed alongside bandmate Liam Payne by ODE in a suggestive segment called ‘FourPlay’.
Asked the age-old question of what they look for in a girl, Payne answers: "Female, it’s a good trait."
To which Styles replies: "Not that important."
Cue a deadpan stare and a slight smirk from Payne, before Styles list clichés such as "personality" and "sense of humour".
Perhaps unfairly, and like all members of every boyband that has ever been manufactured into existence, Styles’ sexuality has been the subject of some tabloid scrutiny over the years the group have been active.
In July last year, he told GQ magazine he "didn’t think" he was bisexual, by way of dismissing speculation over his close relationship with Nick Grimshaw. "We're not dating, no. We're just friends," he told the September issue of the magazine.
"Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I’m not," he added.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
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'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
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'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
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'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
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'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
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'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
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'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
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When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
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'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
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'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
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''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
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'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
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'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
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'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
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'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
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'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
In January this year, he was falsely ‘outted’ by a gay nightclub, when his image was used for an event poster titled ‘Closet Party’.
The target audience on the poster was described as being ‘for homosexuals and those who love them’ in one strapline, while the accompanying slogan on the $10 entry fee reads,"Come out, come out, wherever you are."
Or perhaps his most recent comment is simply in relation to his tireless support for the LGBT community.
Styles showed solidarity with Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player to come out in the sport, by wearing his shirt on stage during a concert in St Louis.Reuse content