Who is Matilda? The mystery behind Harry Styles’ new song

Samuel Edwards

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After the release of Harry’s House, on May 20, 2022, there were several doubts that arose among the fans of the British artist in front of the song ‘Matilda’, which would be track number 7 of his new album.

Unlike the first single already quite listened to (As it Was), this song that is in everyone’s sights, is much more languid. Harry Styles commented in an interview with Zane Lowe, for Apple Music, on some aspects of this composition and what was inspired.

And it is that as expected, the former member of One Direction had been inspired by the book by Roald Dahl, which also has a well-known film adaptation.

The story, made into a film in 1996, is about a girl with telekinetic powers who suffers abuse and lack of attention from her family.

However, he also expressed that he was influenced by an external experience. And although he confirmed that if it was someone in particular, he did not mention who he really was.

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Through the lyrics, he says, his goal is to send a message of support. “I won’t do it on myself, because it’s not my experience. Sometimes it’s just about listening, I hope you feel that, just say ‘I was listening.'”

Returning to the book, Harry claims to have written the song as if the Matilda of the story as an adult. His message would be that home is not a place, but a feeling.

Additionally, Watermelon singer Sugar told Zane Lowe that some of his friends cried upon hearing the song, so he knew it would be one of the most special on the album.

“I showed Matilda to some friends who cried when they heard her. Then I knew it would be one of the songs I would have to pay attention to,” he said in closing.

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