The superfan is a brilliant specimen.
For eons we’ve worshipped at the altars of sports stars, pop stars, actors, fictional characters, collectibles, art, cars, and just about anything else we can relate to, share with others or simply connect with in some way.
Also known as a ‘fanatic’ (but, let’s face it, ‘fan’ is much more sexy), these superfans have travelled the globe to support their chosen love – and we’ve tracked down some of the most die-hard and dedicated.
Each week we’ll bring you the story of one keen punter who has dedicated their life and time (and money, so.much.money) to supporting someone or something – simply because it brings them immeasurable joy. And that’s what life’s about, right?
Welcome to Metro.co.uk’s super fun new series, I’m Your Biggest Fan.
This week we’re speaking with Sonny Atticus-Styles, who has gone so far as to legally change his name to match that of his idol.
Sonny, 27, started following Harry Styles way back in the X Factor days, before 1D was a thing, and he even more devoted to the singer these days, following his extremely successful foray into a solo career.
While Harry Styles superfans are probably believed to mainly consist of pre-teen girls who troll Taylor Swift about her song-writing capabilities, Sonny admits he isn’t keen on that side of the fandom at all.
For him, it’s about the meaning Harry has given him, feeling the singer has ‘saved him’ on more than one occasion because he felt he had ‘something to live for’.
It’s a tall order for a superstar to claim lifesaving abilities, but to Sonny, Harry is much more than just a dude who looks good and sings onstage.
Proving his loyalty, he not only has four tattoos dedicated to the guy but he legally changed his last name to Styles following a bet.
And the guy has no regrets.
So, without further adieu, we peel back the curtain to unveil the Harry Styles superfan.
First things first, is Styles really your surname?
It is legally my last name. I wanted to change it 12 years ago – I wanted a double-barrelled name. Then recently in the pub someone said randomly, “If you change your name to a double-barrelled name I’ll buy your next drink.” Who is the one person in my life I wouldn’t mind sharing a name with? Harry. So I decided on Sonny Atticus-Styles and it was done at the pub.
What was it about Harry that got you hooked?
He was always the one right from the start I was drawn to. I see a lot of myself in Harry.
We didn’t have a major pop group since the 90s and One Direction struck a chord with me. Even in the early days, I saw something there. When they got off the X Factor and all the excitement built for them on Twitter. What drove me to them that while their looks was the turning point, there was no pretention.
When I was Harry’s age, I struggled getting over the fact people are going to judge you no matter what they do. [His attitude to that] resonated with me a lot: if you give out love, it will come back to you.
You’ve met Harry twice. Tell us about that…
I don’t like meeting people like that in such a manufactured scenario, but there are a lot of people who have met the boys repeatedly and I never had that interaction with them. So meeting Harry at a book signing when you