It’s been a minute since One Direction's pride and joy Harry Styles released his first self-titled solo album in May 2017, and it was way more than many bargained for. As expected, the artist had a few tracks that were almost blatant in their storytelling — "Two Ghosts" possibly being about his ex Taylor Swift, for example. There's one track, however, that has been a little tricky for fans to decode: “Kiwi.”
Styles has done a lot since the release of the hit song. He starred in the critically-acclaimed Christopher Nolan war film Dunkirk. He bagged lead roles in The Policeman and thriller Don’t Worry Darling, directed by girlfriend Olivia Wilde. He even released his second album, Fine Line, in December 2019. So why are fans still hung up on the mysterious “Kiwi”?
The “Watermelon Sugar” crooner is known to reference real people and events in his songs. He told Rolling Stone in 2017 that ex-girlfriend Kendall Jenner is “a huge part of the album.” Plus, “Carolina,” another track in his debut album, is supposedly about a fan he met on a blind date, remember? So when the Harry Styles talks about potentially being someone’s baby daddy in the form of an almost-confessional, angsty rock ballad, fans don’t forget. So, it’s time to revisit the unanswered enigma that has been plaguing us for years: What do Styles' "Kiwi" lyrics mean? And who is the song about?
The singer leads into the song kind of aggressively, letting listeners know that he means business. In the first verse, Styles belts:
"She worked her way through a cheap pack of cigarettes
Hard liquor mixed with a bit of intellect
And all the boys, they were saying they were into it
Such a pretty face, on a pretty neck"
The story only gets more interesting from there. His projections of "I'm having your baby, it's none of your business" over and over are enough to stop a listener in their tracks. It's either a tale of a rough night that he's refused to speak of until now or a fantasy that the singer just can't seem to get out of his head.
All in all, with lyrics like, "And now she's all over me, it's like I paid for it. It's like I paid for it, I'm gonna pay for this," you can bet that nothing good is going to come out of this scenario.
Fans of the former Directioner were sent into a bigger frenzy when his “Kiwi” music video debuted months later. In it, a little girl in a floral pantsuit starts a cupcake fight with her fellow youngsters in a school cafeteria. Styles later shows up to the pastry-littered room in a matching pantsuit and takes a class picture with the kids, begging the questions: Is this the baby girl, Harry? Are you giving fans confessional breadcrumbs, nay, whole cakes, with this song? Why are there so many wasted cupcakes? Where did you get your suit?
A potent mix of song lyrics, title, and music video spurred the rumor mill.