Saturday, June 15, 2024

Pop Star Harry Styles on The Cover of Rolling Stone? Vanity Fair? Esquire? No: Better Homes & Gardens


Harry Styles, pop star of the year, is not on the cover of Rolling Stone or Vanity Fair or Esquire. He’s on the cover of Better Homes & Garden.

What? I didn’t realize BH&G was still a thing, and I’m not sure if you can buy it anywhere. But it’s a website. According to SimilarWeb, BH& had 9.9 million visits last month. It’s number 1,153 among all websites in the US and 5,000 globally.

Yes, it’s a website about homes and gardens. Better ones. Better than yours.

In the cover story, Harry — who is always polite and upbeat — says nothing about either subject. He says very little specifically about anything, actually. When Lou(ise) Stoppard (unclear if she’s related at all to Tom) visits him for the interview, all questions are charmingly rebuffed to make it seem like he answered them. Olivia Wilde’s name is not mentioned once. About his sexuality, he keeps it fluid: “I’ve been really open with it with my friends, but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine,” he said. “The whole point of where we should be heading, which is toward accepting everybody and being more open, is that it doesn’t matter, and it’s about not having to label everything, not having to clarify what boxes you’re checking.”

So the only news here is that Harry’s on the cover of a magazine we all thought went out of business years ago, like Ladies Home Journal or McCall’s. Otherwise, this is a big nothing burger. Very strange.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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