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Interview with Henry Smiles

He’s the most popular member of one of the most popular bands in the world. We met Two Direction’s Henry Smiles to find out why he has so many female fans.

Let’s get the basic questions out of the way first, Henry. How old are you and where are you from?

I was born in 1996 and I’m from Harrogate in the north of England. Now I live in London.

What are your likes and dislikes?

Well, I love music, of course, and sleeping and eating. And my dislikes? I don’t like it when I’m late for things.

What are your favourite films?

Spider-Man 2 and X-Men were pretty cool.

Is there anything that you’d like to be able to do?

I wish I could play the drums and the piano.

You are famous for your great hair. Would you cut it or shave it off?

Maybe I’d shave it off for charity, if I could raise a lot of money for doing it.

Do you like social networking?

Well, I don’t go on Facebook very much, but I do use Twitter a lot. It’s a good way to keep in touch with our fans.

Now the more interesting questions! Have you got a girlfriend, Henry?

No, not at the moment. I’m single!

What kind of girls do you like?

I like girls with a good sense of humour, who don’t take life too seriously. I also like being able to call someone in the middle of the night for a chat if I need to.

Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?

Oh, I like both! If we can have a laugh and we get on well, I don't care what colour hair they have.

Are you romantic when you’re in a relationship?

I reckon I am. I’d do anything for love!

Who did you have your first kiss with?

My first kiss? Hmm, I can’t remember very clearly, but I think it was with a girl at school when I was about thirteen.

Tell us a secret, Henry.

I still get really nervous before a concert and have to drink herbal tea! Even today, after having done hundreds of concerts, my hands sweat and my heart beats really fast just before going on stage.

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Who's your favourite singer or musician?


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nguyenthao0808 17 October, 2019 - 04:51

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is my favourite singer mainly because makes me care for the people and society around me. Besides, I feel like each and every song of Taylor Swift carries some kind of “secret” meanings. On top of that, unlike many other singers, Taylor Swift used to write and compose many of her songs by herself, and as a result, many of her songs have become hit. Finally, Taylor Swift is my favourite singer also because of her song "Safe and sound" is the first English song I have listened, it makes me like English music until now.

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Pyen 14 October, 2019 - 17:24

There are so many talented artists nowadays that it isn’t easy to pick one of them as my favorite. But maybe i choose Taylor Swifts. In fact, i’m in love with her songs. I listened her music when i was a little girl. Because the lyrics of her songs are romantic, beautiful and catchy, her song inspired me never to lose myself when I’m in trouble. Besides I love listening English songs and this improve my English skills

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lkngan 8 October, 2019 - 18:01

OMG, I can't believe it, henry said he had his first kiss at the age of 13 and when he was still a student. It is normal for western countries like you, but for us easterners it is a bit of a surprise. I liked the way he answered the question, it was so natural and engaging. Maybe that's why he has a lot of female fans

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hamynguyen 7 October, 2019 - 04:02

I am a fan of Taylor Swift. I think she is a really talent singer with many hit songs on the world. Her voice is so beautiful that make me always roll in the deep.:)

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Ricky26 26 September, 2019 - 03:01

I like to listen music and i like Bollywood music ,Punjabi music and Arabic Singer ,UK Singers ,American singers but i do not have a favorite singer.

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adsfgfhgjkhjl 27 August, 2019 - 14:34

It's difficult, because i like a lot of singers but.. since i was little girl i liked Michael Jackson's music, i remember when i was five year old i listen his music and i enjoyed, well this year also listen his music (i have fifteen year old) because is fantastic i love it his voice.. is amazing.. i love it when he dance too. He's really the king of pop¡
BUT, also i like other musician like Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, etc, etc.

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A01197939 30 May, 2019 - 17:38

My favourite singers are Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift. I always listen to their songs. I cannot decide who is better. I love both of them. :)

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Youjiro 4 February, 2019 - 14:03

My favourite singer is G.E.M. She is Hong Kongese.She is beautiful voice singer and great performance on live stage.Her message is understandable .I also like Pink.

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benjamin 1 September, 2018 - 13:18

This interview gives us information about the professional and private life of Henry Smiles. He explains what he likes and dislikes. It also explains the kind of girls that Henry Smiles likes.
My favorite singer is Amir.

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KirGil 7 March, 2018 - 15:19

I always listen to music: at the bus, at school, at home and wherever. I listen to songs of many popular singers, but, I reckon my favourite singer is Taylor Swift.

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jennlfisc 5 November, 2017 - 03:34

I really love the Beatles .You feel you're not alone when listen to their songs.Don't be worried be happy.

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ambitioushouda 31 August, 2017 - 09:35

My favorite singers are Lana del Rey , ED sheeran ,selena gomes,Adele and justin Bieber.
My favorite album is LUST FOR LIFE <3

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alexis_tasillo 16 August, 2017 - 16:53

I don’t really have a favorite singer or a musical genre. I listen all musics of the moment : rap, electro, or classical music. I listen the musics which I want to hear according to my mood. When all is right, I like to listen electro and French rap. Otherwise, I listen mainly more classical music like the songs of Maroon 5 or Soprano.

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Kahina 1 August, 2017 - 16:20

I don't have favorite singer. But I like the song of Pharrell Williams he mahe me HAPPY ;D .
I like Soprano and Amir too.Their texts are really well written .

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zilale 12 July, 2017 - 16:33

My favourite singer is Dimash Kudaibergen. He has got amazing sound.You can check it.He sang Opera 2 and SOS.

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SLMT 20 May, 2017 - 18:24

My favourite singer is Adele."Someone like you"is one of favourite songs.I always sing while I'm taking a shower .My family start to hate that song coz of my terrible singing .

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poppymoore 1 April, 2017 - 03:41

I like the chain smokers and maroon 5 as a band but my favorite singer are definitely Taylor Swift and Charlie Puth

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Elsa007 15 August, 2016 - 10:34

Taylor Swift: "Shake It Off!"
Selena Gomez: "Hands To Myself"
Hmm...contrasting singers?! :))

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lekimkhanh0109 10 August, 2016 - 18:13

I don't know a sentence's mean very clearly." Let's get the basic traditionals out of the way first" Can you help me? Can you explain for me in other words? Thanks a lot!

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Jo - Coordinator 11 August, 2016 - 13:32

Hi lekimkhanh0109! 'the basic questions' means the questions with simple answers like 'How old are you?' and 'Where are you from?'. If you 'get something out of the way' you do it so that's it's done and you can move on to doing other things. It could be something you don't want to do. In this case, the interviewer says 'Let's get the basic questions out of the way first' so that they can quickly finish with those questions and start talking about more interesting questions. Does that make sense? Best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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