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Billy Porter offers olive branch to Harry Styles after Vogue cover controversy and admits the ‘conversation’ is not about him

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Billy Porter has publically apologised to Harry Styles after he criticised the singer’s Vogue cover shoot, which saw the singer wearing a dress.

During his appearance on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 52-year-old actor firstly made fun of the backlash making him famous, before saying sorry to the Watermelon Sugar star.

When Stephen asked the American actor what happened, Billy said: ‘Well it was a slow news day.

‘First thing I want to say is, Harry Styles, I apologise to you for having your name in my mouth. The conversation is not about you,’ he expressed.

The 27-year-old performer had everyone talking when he became the first man to wear a dress on the cover of the prestigious magazine.

Billy explained why he’d been upset by the cover, adding: ‘The conversation is actually deeper than that. It is about the systems of oppression and erasure of people of colour, who contribute to the culture.

Harry was praised for the photoshoot (Picture: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue)
The actor claimed he created the non-binary fashion conversation (Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

‘So when you’re ready to have the real conversation, call a b**ch,’ he later added.

‘I’m so Harry, I’m a gay man and we like Harry, he’s cute.’

The apologetic action comes after Billy stated he ‘changed the game’ in terms of breaking gender norms in fashion.

‘I feel like the fashion industry has accepted me because they have to. I’m not necessarily convinced and here is why. I created the conversation [about non-binary fashion] and yet Vogue still put Harry Styles, a straight white man, in a dress on their cover for the first time.’

The former One Direction star is known for his eclectic and androgynous style, and in his Vogue shoot, he wore skirts and dresses as well as trousers and shirts.

Admitting he always liked dressing up as a child, Harry said: ‘Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away.’

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