Harry Styles found Fifty Shades of Grey "educational" - after being "forced" to read it by a female friend.

The One Direction star is famed for his colourful dating life and has been linked to a string of girls and older women. Harry admits he's still learning when it comes to love and sex, confessing erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey provided some useful information.

“I haven’t bought it, but a female friend of mine was forcing me to read it out to her the other day," he told British newspaper The Sun.

“They were like, ‘Just borrow this,’ and I was like, ‘Hmmm’. It seems interesting. I could probably learn from it, I don’t know. I feel like it’s an educational and interesting read.”

Harry says his lothario status is unfounded. The 18-year-old doesn’t understand why he's been labelled as a serial dater.

“I don’t want to be viewed as a womaniser or whatever. I’m not quite as I’m made out to be. I have friends who are girls and sometimes even if I give them a lift home I’m ‘dating them’, or whatever. It’s fine, I have a lot of fun," he said.

“I know a lot of people are up for sitting down and going through who they have slept with. I know sometimes it might come across in the paper that I’m a bit like that, but I’m really not.”