Harry Styles is giving back after polishing off his record-breaking world tour last week – but to whom, exactly, has been called into question.
The Love on Tour shows kicked off in September 2021 and saw the As It Was singer traverse the globe for more than two years, during which he played to more than five million fans across 173 dates. He finally hit Australia earlier this year, an arrival that sparked much fanfare after he was forced to cancel his initial shows in 2020.
While he was touring, the 29-year-old helped raise more than $US6.5 million (approx. $9.8 million), which has now, according to an announcement from Variety, been donated to charities and organisations worldwide – a list that includes one Sydney zoo that has reportedly been subject to a mix-up.
In the official announcement, Sydney Zoo – a wildlife park in Western Sydney’s Eastern Creek, which focuses on education and animal welfare – was listed as receiving an undisclosed amount from the singer.
It’s home to 4000 animals, including both exotic and native species, and has Australia’s largest Reptile and Nocturnal House on-site plus an aquarium.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, however, it wasn’t actually “Sydney Zoo” that received the funds as announced, rather, it was reportedly Taronga Zoo, located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in Mosman, that was bestowed Styles’ philanthropy.
Taronga Zoo does not usually say publicly who makes donations to them or how much is received, but the Sydney Morning Herald has confirmed Styles’ cash has been splashed their way. 9Honey Celebrity has reached out to Sydney Zoo for comment.
It’s unclear if Styles visited either Sydney Zoo or Taronga Zoo on his latest trip Down Under, though Taronga Zoo was a focus during Love on Tour‘s Aussie leg.
It was there, after all, that Daryl Braithwaite covered Styles’ hit Watermelon Sugar, the night before Styles brought Braithwaite on-stage in Sydney to duet Horses in front of thousands.
Other organisations said to have benefitted from Styles’ post-tour donations include some slightly political choices from the singer, including Planned Parenthood, Choose Love and Every Town for Gun Safety.
There’s also plenty of children’s charities on the list, including Intermission Youth, Save the Children, Baan Tawan Mai Orphans (Pow Sarin Org) and Children’s Wishing Well.
The tour notably broke records with an 18-night stint at Los Angeles’ Forum, 20 sold out nights at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, and an historic audience size at Wembley Stadium in London.
In Australia, however, the fun- and feather-boa filled concerts in February and March were best remembered for Styles doing a ‘shoey’ on-stage, wearing a Bunnings hat and holding up the Aboriginal flag, as well, of course, as his duet with Braithwaite.
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