Harry Styles paused his concert to deliver a powerful speech in response to the shooting at a Pride celebration in Oslo, Norway.
Grammy Award-winning singer Harry Styles rarely ends a concert before waving at least one Pride flag on stage. But the singer did more than wave the rainbow colors during his show in Oslo on Friday.
“I am well aware that, right now, this means more to you than it ever has before. I just want to tell you that I’m very sorry,” Styles said while raising a rainbow flag up above his head.
Gunman Attacks Oslo Night-Life
Earlier that month, a gunman opened fire at three locations in the capital, including a London Pub gay bar Huffington Post reports. More than 20 people were injured and two people were killed. In response, Olso Pride canceled their Pride parade scheduled to start later that morning.
“I hope you all feel safe in here with each other,” Styles said to the crowd.
“The thing that I am most proud of in my life is getting to play in front of such an incredible, loving group of people every night. It is an honor, I thank you so much. The atmosphere that you’ve created here, allowing people to feel safe and to be themselves, and I know that in difficult times, it is hard to feel like you can make a difference, and I promise you that each and every single one of you can make a difference by the small choices, the tiny choices that you make every day to be that little bit kinder to someone, to do that little bit extra for someone – it makes the difference.
“There are old people, and I promise you that they don’t stand a chance against you because this room of people, you are the future. I love you so much, I thank you for allowing me to do this.”
Styles is a proud LGBTQ+ ally and an advocate for human kindness. He ended his speech with a plea for people to continue to care for and love one another. “I encourage you, even in the darkest times, to love more, to give more, to embrace more, be kind more, and I promise you it makes a difference.”
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