. Despite finishing third in the contest, One Direction received a recording contract and became a best-selling boy band.
Styles attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where he and three
of his friends formed a band called White Eskimo. Styles was White
Eskimo's lead singer, and the band was popular enough to win a band
competition at their school. After school and on weekends, Styles worked
at the W. Mandeville bakery in Holmes Chapel.
to form a new group act for the remainder of the competition.
Performing as One Direction (a name reportedly suggested by Styles), the five boys became one of the most popular contenders in the X Factor
finals that season. Although they finished the competition in third
place, they were immediately signed to Cowell's Syco music label.
and his curly hair, wide smile and sweet-yet-naughty demeanor have made
him a fan favorite. He sang some of the lead vocals on the band's first
single, "What Makes You Beautiful," which was released in September
2011 in the United Kingdom. One Direction's debut album, Up All Night,
was a best seller in both the United Kingdom and the United States the
following year. In another highlight of 2012, Styles and the rest of One
Direction performed at the Olympics closing ceremony in London.
Since his breakup with Flack in January 2012, Styles has been
romantically linked with photographer Sarah-Louise Colivet, models Emma
Ostilly and Cara Delevingne, and singers Lily Halpern and Rita Ora. His
most-publicized relationship of 2012 was a two-month liaison with pop
star Taylor Swift.
The two were frequently photographed together, and Swift reportedly
referred to Styles in song lyrics and performances after they stopped