The video (which was a small part of a 2011 One Direction documentary aired on U.K. network, ITV) features Styles wiping away tears as he recalled a fumble during a live performance that led to online backlash from fans.
“It was a massive wakeup call for me,” he admitted. “As far as performances go, it was my low point.”
Although the TV special was released more than a year ago, the 18-year-old’s reaction comes in perfect timing with his newfound romance with the “Red” singer, which has caused negative hysteria throughout 1D’s fandom.
Their relationship even inspired dedicated Directioner Ashley Frangipane to pen “The Haylor Song,” a parody of Swift’s hit, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The tune takes a jab at the couple’s possible breakup and has become a viral smash.
Contrary to the hateful responses in regards to their blossoming relationship, many Directioners have banded together in support of “Haylor,” even prompting the Twitter trend: #WeRespectHaylor.
“Harry takes that kind of thing to heart,” Styles’ bandmate Niall Horan added in the video. “Harry’s one of those people that he doesn’t like to read what’s said about him, but he does in a way.”
The pair first stepped out together in early December in New York City, and have been spotted everywhere together from Los Angeles to London ever since. On Monday, the pair reunited in the Big Apple, where they were shared a smooch in front of onlookers following Swift’s performance on ABC’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
Watch the video, below, to check out Harry’s heartfelt reaction! Do you think some fans are taking things too far? Speak out in the comments!