The former One Direction member debuted “Medicine” at a concert in Basel, Switzerland. The tune ― which does not appear on the self-titled solo album Styles released last year ― generated instant buzz. Most of it was based on unprofessionally filmed clips of Styles’ performance, which popped up on various social media platforms this week.
“The boys and the girls are here, I mess around with them, and I’m OK with it,” Styles appears to sing. (The line starts around 2:08 in the clip above.)
Some users, meanwhile, believe Styles sings “him” or “a bit” instead of “them.”
In any case, many fans have interpreted “Medicine” as a nod to bisexuality.
A representative for Styles did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the song’s lyrics, or to a question about the pop star’s intention for the song.
However, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon seemed skeptical of the internet’s voracity in labeling Styles bisexual.
In 2013, he told British GQ, “Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so.”
“I don’t feel like it’s something I’ve ever felt like I have to explain about myself,” he said.