DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to demean Harry’s relationship with Camille (let’s be real, it is). It is instead meant to point out all the ways in which Harry undercuts and demeans his own relationships (probably unwittingly) with everyone he dates outside of Zayn.
The logic behind this post is simple really.
First, please read this post which will explain the difference between the way Harry referenced Zayn in his album and the way he referenced Camille. This Venn Diagram shows the most surface level interpretation of that disparity.
The Cherry Voice-note:
We all do realize that if Harry could’ve used a voice-note of Zayn in Fine Line he would have, right? That’s very obvious. So he copied his identical track titles, responded to his lyrics, and wrote about his brown skin and his sunflower tattoos instead, which are far more powerful than an unrelated voice-note slapped onto the end of a song admittedly as an afterthought in post-production.
And as planned, that stupid voice-note became the focal point of the album for the general public and the media, which is tragic. The mere notion that this earth-shattering (sales) and historic (as far as Harry’s career and self-acceptance) album was written for Camille is so fraudulent and egregious it makes my brain short circuit. I hate Harry just as much as I hate Zayn for engaging in subterfuge and PR bullspit regarding their music. But here’s the thing: it’s clear Harry did this as a cover for Zayn, because Zayn is scared that Harry is too “open.” And at the end of the day, “Golden” came first on the album and told us who Fine Line was really for.
The Zayn elements in Fine Line seem far more authentic and truly heartfelt than the “Cherry” voice-note or the pineapple, especially Sunflower Vol 6. Oh gee, it’s almost like they were thought on for a long time and meticulously crafted, not just added at the last minute in post-production which the voice-note and the little pineapple were. And tbh, I would even wager that the “Cherry” voice-note was staged and agreed upon from a PR perspective when we suddenly saw Harry having lunch with Camille for one day when the album was being wrapped up. (April 2019)
Also, it helps clarify things when you consider that of all the details Harry could’ve written about Camille in “Cherry,” the most specific references he chose to write about were all generic things that could easily and reasonably be applied to Zayn too (which makes me think he did that on purpose.)
Now again, the concept regarding Zarry vs Hamille is simple: If Harry loves Zayn more than Camille, which is proven here: Camille vs Zayn, (because he loves Zayn more than everyone: proven here) and if he felt any of the sentiments in “Cherry” towards Camille, then how much more does he feel those same sentiments towards Zayn and to a higher degree? Much much more! That is the answer.
“Cherry” in a nutshell.
- Accent and friends.
- Parent’s gallery.
- Don’t call them what you used to call me. (“Baby”)
- A piece of you in how I dress.
- The voice-note.
1 – The accent. Obviously Zayn has a distinctive and incredibly strong Yorkshire accent that everyone adores, and which Harry often tried to mimic. Do you think for a second that he doesn’t miss Zayn’s accent when he isn’t around? Of course he does, particularly since he admitted he missed even his eyes when he was gone for just a few days in 2012.
Now, the idea behind Camille’s Frenchness is that she has a sexy French accent I suppose, but in reality that’s not the case. She grew up in America, and therefore her accent is diluted at best. And when you listen to her speak, her French accent is inconsistent and sometimes nonexistent. And you can tell she plays it up when she wants to sound more French. It’s weird lol. And I don’t think Harry cares about American accents all that much (at least not enough to write about them lol.) But let’s say Harry does miss her tiny, inconsistent French accent. Ok. The same logic applies. Imagine how much more he misses Zayn’s heavy, far more consistent accent when he isn’t around.
2 – The gallery. The idea here is that Camille went on to date a wealthy guy whose parents are affluent art dealers who own galleries. Harry knew this would be the most PR-relevant and accessible information about Camille’s new beau, so the media and fans would easily draw the connection. This is what I call a PR-anvil coming crashing down in the middle of the album to draw your attention to some specific matter in an obnoxiously obvious way. It’s the complete opposite of clever writing or discretion, which we know Harry usually employs. The lyric is clumsy and out of place and is even sonically dissonant from the remainder of the song. Some people thought that’s because it may have been added later in post-production, (like they took a song that was originally about zayn and dressed it up externally and superficially to make it about Camille) and I agree. But the point is, Harry wanted that lyric to stand out because it was the giant Camille flag he intended for people to pick up on. It was as painfully conspicuous and as clumsy a road-flare as the voice-note. Tbh, the entire song was a road flare in general, because it’s existence only served the purpose of diverting the media in her direction.
What’s interesting is that if you do a tiny bit of research, it turns out Gigi’s dad Mohamed Hadid is an artist who also owns a gallery as well. This is another one of those things that made me think Harry meticulously picked lyrics that could serve as a double entendre for Zayn. Why only choose lyrics that refer to things that she happens to have in common with Zayn?? Instead of talking about her long blonde hair, or her modeling, or her blue eyes (like he did with Taylor) or some other aspect of her boyfriend’s life that was not obvious to the media and which could not also be applied to Gigi?
3 – Don’t call them what you used to call me. “Don’t you call him baby…” Sounds familiar right? This is a stipulation Harry laid out in “To Be So Lonely” in a similar fashion, by telling his lover “Don’t call me baby again…” which seems to purposefully link “Cherry” and “To Be So Lonely.” And we all know TBSL can’t be about Camille at all, based on the lyric “Don’t blame me for falling, I was just a little boy…” Harry was a grown man when he met and dated Camille briefly (while also being on tour the entire time.)
Whereas with Zayn, they grew up together, Harry was a little boy when he met him, and we know Zayn likes to call his lover “baby.” Zayn also tried to “friend-zone” Harry which seemed to upset Harry (“Don’t call me baby again…I know you’re trying to be friends…”) in a song called “You Wish You Knew” (“you can be the best friend, or you can be the one…”) where he taunts Harry about how they’re not close and how they don’t really know each other (“I’m the one the one the one that, you wish you knew…I don’t know you like that…”) and leaves Harry begging in “Sunflower Vol 6” and “Fine Line” (the song) to be let inside so he can get to know him.
4 – Jealousy. Jealous Harry needs no introduction. We have seen him rear his head time and time again over the years to express disdain over Zayn’s public partners and PR antics, such as the 2013 Zerrie Engagement. So these lyrics in “Cherry” which speak to his notorious jealous streak come as no surprise. And these lyrics apply directly to Zayn as well. The “selfish” lyrics ring true to the sentiments Harry expressed in “Woman,” a song written long before Camille. “I can tell that you are at your best. I’m selfish so I’m hating it…” vs “Selfish I know, but I don’t ever want to see you with him…”
Harry described his behavior in the lyrics of “Cherry” as petty, and I think we all can agree nothing was more petty than jealous Harry interrupting questions about Zayn’s engagement to repeatedly claim “Niall is pregnant!”
“Do you think it’s easy, being of the jealous kind?” This lyric speaks to the torment Harry endures daily as a result of his natural-born disposition. He’s the jealous type, and it kills him. As do his insecurities over his lover’s other partners (Hello, Girl Crush?) This extremely jealous disposition that he references in TBSL is something he again expressed in “Woman” (“This thing upon me howls like a beast…you flower you feast…”) and many other songs. Watch Jealous Harry here!
Ever wonder why, if Harry was dating Camille and “happy” with her, why oh why did he sing “Girl Crush” with such palpable pain?? It makes zero sense for the PR narrative we are fed about Hamille.
The emotion in Harry’s voice and face are undeniable during this performance. He had also just begun dating Camille in July 2017, so why on earth was he singing this particular song in such a heartbreaking way at the start of his relationship with Camille? Shouldn’t he have been giddy with butterflies over her? Not clearly pained and pouring his heart out to someone who was in a relationship with a girl he was jealous of. And why choose this song of all the songs on the planet he could’ve chosen to cover??? Why not one about new love or the high he felt having just started dating Camille? Similar logic can be applied to him choosing to sing Still The One about a long-term love he experienced while overcoming tribulations with someone. Why on earth would he sing this about his fairly new relationship with Camille (during which he was on tour the entire time???) Hamille was fake.
5 – Piece of you in how I dress. “There’s a piece of you in how I dress…take it as a compliment.” So remember when I said that everything Harry writes about Camille in this song, it can be applied to Zayn too, but to a much higher degree? Well…
Theoretically Harry is referring to this sweater in regards to Camille, or maybe even picking up one of her favorite fashion lines? Idk.
Hmm…unfortunately Harry tends to play this little superficial game with all of his public girlfriends, or as I like to call them, beards. So if he does it for everyone, how on earth can it be special?
So now do you see why I said in this post about Mitch that Harry tends to deal with people in a very superficial way? And he has certain patterns of behavior with regard to his beards that lets you know their relationships are just that: bearding (for him) and PR-driven (for them.) Same as Zigi. Although Zayn goes to extremes with his bearding that are just plain hurtful. (Engagement and baby.)
I showed all this to point out how the lyric about Camille was yet another generic one that could be applied to any of his relationships. Whereas with Zayn, he takes things to such a degree that NO ONE COMPARES TO HIM. For instance, the Zarry headband connection is far more compelling than the clothes swapping (for the obvious purpose of being caught by the paparazzi with them on.) But again, with Zayn, the concept goes far beyond that. In “Golden,” Harry let us know in no uncertain terms just how deeply Zayn impacted his life. Far more than just the way he dresses.
Essentially, Harry is admitting there is a piece of Zayn in EVERYTHING he does and in everything he is. Soulmate shit. And he’s right. Proven here!
6 – The voice-note. We already covered this, but here’s just a few more points. Yes, she got a voice-note on “Cherry.” But you know what? That was a painfully obvious last minute PR anvil admittedly added by Harry and his team in post production. The voice-note is entirely unrelated to the song. It is a recording of Camille on the phone with someone else having a random conversation. It was added by Harry and his team to divert the PR storm for the album Fine Line in her direction, thereby sparing Zayn, who in spite of having no voice-note still features rather prominently on the album. That’s because Zayn is still struggling to be “open” as Harry notes in “Golden,” even on occasion changing the lyric while he preforms “Golden” to: “I’m hoping someday you’re open….I know that you’re scared because I’m so open.”
Ultimately, it’s safe to conclude that if Harry feels anything in “Cherry” for Camille, he feels that sentiment 10x more where Zayn is concerned. (In my opinion of course.)