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Mick Jagger says similarity to Harry Styles is “superficial”

By | Published on Monday 23 May 2022

Harry Styles

Alright, let’s put this to bed once and for all: Harry Styles is nothing like the young Mick Jagger. Well, OK, he is a bit like the young Mick Jagger. But only a bit. Or at least so says the old Mick Jagger.

“I mean, I used to wear a lot more eye make-up than him”, Jagger tells The Sunday Times of the many ways in which his younger self looked different to Styles. “Come on, I was much more androgynous. And he doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine – he can’t help that”.

I suspect he could help it a bit, but does it matter really? Jagger doesn’t seem to think so. In fact, he and Styles are great mates. “I like Harry”, he says, “we have an easy relationship”.

So that’s nice. Though, maybe, just maybe, Jagger feels that way because Styles reminds him of his younger self. You know, a little bit.

Jagger, of course, is about to head out on tour with The Rolling Stones again, marking the band’s 60th anniversary. That’s quite a feat and one Jagger recognises as unusual.

“Rock n roll, or any kind of pop music honestly, isn’t supposed to be done when you’re in your 70s”, he says. “It wasn’t designed for that. Doing anything high-energy at this age is really pushing it. But that makes it even more challenging. So it’s, like, ‘OK, we’ve got to fucking do this right’, but it’s got to be as full-on as possible”.

We’ll have to wait until to 2070 to see if Styles is still performing full-on in his 70s, I guess. In other news, The Sunday Times has just named him as the UK’s richest young musician on its annual Rich List (Ed Sheeran no longer being considered young, seemingly). So that’s another similarity between Styles and Jagger then. The Stones frontman is, according to the poll, the sixth richest UK musician overall.