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Harry Styles is a likable guy. Case in point: the star’s latest interview in Rolling Stone. The 23-year-old Brit snagged the latest cover with the bi-weekly publication, and in the pages of the mag opens up about everything from his past relationships (hello T. Swift!) to his early musical influences.

And while it’s been nearly a year and a half since One Direction announced its indefinite hiatus, fans have remained eager to see and hear more from Styles. The reaction to his Rolling Stone cover proves it.

It’s true, this young man is wise beyond his years. There aren’t a lot of dudes in their early twenties who see life this way, let alone speak about it openly in an international magazine. Maybe J Biebs (who’s the same age as Styles) could take a page out of the English crooner’s book? Just sayin.

While the cover boldly announces that Styles has “Come of Age,” the singer looks just as boyish and charming as ever in the image.

Here are some of Harry Styles’ wisest words:

On starting his solo career

“I wanted to step up. There were songs I wanted to write and record, and not just have it be ‘Here’s a demo I wrote.’ Every decision I’ve made since I was 16 was made in a democracy. I felt like it was time to make a decision about the future … and maybe I shouldn’t rely on others.”

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On the wisdom of teenage girls

“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”

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On finding balance and keeping some g’dang mystery in life

“I like to separate my personal life and work. It helps, I think, for me to compartmentalize. It’s not about trying to make my career longer, like I’m trying to be this ‘mysterious character,’ because I’m not. When I go home, I feel like the same person I was at school. You can’t expect to keep that if you show everything. There’s the work and the personal stuff, and going between the two is my favorite shit. It’s amazing to me.”

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On the One Direction hiatus decision

“I didn’t want to exhaust our fan base. If you’re shortsighted, you can think, ‘Let’s just keep touring,’ but we all thought too much of the group than to let that happen. You realize you’re exhausted and you don’t want to drain people’s belief in you.”

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On his famous Central Park date with T. Swift

“I think: Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don’t really understand exactly how it works when you’re 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn’t make it easier. I mean, you’re a little bit awkward to begin with. You’re on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it – I just wanted it to be a normal date.”

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On Queen, Pink Floyd and his other musical influences

“I couldn’t really get it, but I just remember being like – this is really f***ing cool. Then my mom would always have Shania Twain, and Savage Garden, Norah Jones going on. I had a great childhood. I’ll admit it.”

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