One Direction's Harry Styles, 18, has earned himself quite a reputation for dating women who are quite older than heÂ—even women who are nearly twice his age. Harry's brief relationship with 32-year-old Caroline Flack has intrigued the worldÂ—especially the mother's of young Directioners, and now there are rumors that Styles had an affair with 32-year-old Lucy Horobin, which created problems in her marriage.
At first, Harry's affliction with older women seemed somewhat endearing and nothing more than a young boy enjoying his newfound celebrity status. However, some are beginning to wonder whether there are underlying reasons for Harry Styles' attraction to older women.
One tabloid site brought forth a psychologist who suggested that feelings of abandonment resulting from his parents' divorce is what has led Harry Styles to date women significantly older. In other words, is Harry looking for more of a maternal figure in his partner in a sense?
The more likely explanation is that older women offer a certain sexual confidence that Harry Styles would be hard-pressed to find with a girl closer to his own age. Harry is likely seeking some kind of sexual expertise that he can get from relations with women twice his age that he will then be able to use on younger girls when he feels more confident himself. When only one person is new to sex it's not nearly as awkward as when both are inexperienced.