Harry Styles has spoken about the importance of picking up the phone to keep in touch with friends while everyone is "adjusting to the new normal" and staying physically apart.

The Adore You hitmaker said it can be a "really scary" time but that conversations with friends can provide some much needed "happy moments."

"I think we're kind of adjusting to the new normal," he told Zane Lowe. 

"I think for a lot of people, the reality's setting in… At first, it's like, 'Oh, we're all in and we get to watch movies and eat burritos,' and live the kind of meme life. And then you speak to people around the world… It's really scary."

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He continued, '"f you're in your house, you get to remove from it a little bit. But you get that humbling moment where you remember this is a very serious thing. 

"It's important to have conversations with friends, laugh, and have those happy moments right now… That's the stuff that will get you through everything. It's a time when everyone is on pause and gets to have a minute to reassess."

Styles has postponed his European tour to next year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said he will use the time off the road to write new music.

"I’ve been writing so much," he said. 

"I think a lot of powerful music is going to come from that because ultimately you have people who have a need to express themselves through music and writing and film and so many different ways, who are now having a lot of extra time with no distractions... 

"It gives you an ability to have almost a bird's eye view of the world and your life."

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