Harry Styles Shares Funny Story Behind Nude 'Fine Line' Album Artwork

By Paris Close

December 18, 2019

Harry Styles is baring it all, and in more ways than one.

On Wednesday (December 18), the "Watermelon Sugar" musician made a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the heartthrob spoke at length about what — and who — inspired him to go butt naked for the vinyl album artwork of his sophomore record, Fine Line.

During the sit-down, Styles revealed he wrote part of the record while journeying to Japan on his own, recalling the "fun" experience fondly as something he'd never done before. Keeping with the topic of trying new things, DeGeneres teasingly uncovers the 25-year-old's sexy, stripped down artwork in which Styles strikes a sultry pose while baring his backside, which sends the audience erupting into applause.

Speaking about the naked concept, Styles revealed the clever way British photographer Tim Walker got him to drop his pants for the shoot. "I'd never really done a shoot like this," the crooner started, to which DeGeneres jokingly interjects, "Most of us haven't."

"We tried it … and it was kind of one of those things that's like, 'Okay, this shirt's not really working, so let's try it without the shirt," he continued. "Then it was like, 'Those trousers aren't really working, so let's try it without the trousers.' And then he kinda looked at me and I was like, 'These pants aren't working are they?' and he was like, 'No.'"

"Clever, that he did it that way," DeGeneres quips, to which replies with a smile, "Yes, and now I'm naked."

Fine Line is out now. Additionally, Styles is supporting the album with a world tour — grab tickets here!

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