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Supermarket Bans Kiwi Purchases After Harry Styles Is Pelted With Them.

Harry Styles fans have been banned from purchasing kiwis Wednesday by British supermarket Asda after the singer was pelted with fruit while performing onstage this week. An Asda branch in Manchester, England, placed a ban on anyone under 25 that attempt to purchase the fruit. The new policy will require all persons under 25 to show their ID before buying a kiwi.

Styles, 23, was performing his latest single "Kiwi" Monday at the Hammersmith Apollo in London when he abruptly slipped and fell over a kiwi. Fans jokingly have thrown kiwis at the singer as he performs the song live. Video footage of Styles' fall drew attention on Twitter, which led the British supermarket to enforce the kiwi regulation ahead of his Wednesday show in Manchester.

"We know our customers love Harry Styles and we feel it's our duty to protect a fellow Mancunian from any 'bad kiwis' amongst us," Asda said Friday in a statement obtained by the (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/03/25-year-olds-banned-buying-kiwis-asda-harry-styles-pelted-fruit/) Telegraph . "We'd hate to see a repeat of the mishap this evening, so to avoid any slippery situations, we feel this is a necessary measure."

"You may have seen me fall earlier during this song," Styles (https://twitter.com/annaleszkie/status/925146955759669248) told his audience  Monday. "It appeared to be a kiwi. That was the culprit, some green seedy mush. Look, there's another, this could end up being a problem."

Styles also fell over a kiwi onstage during a concert Wednesday at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. 

In speaking with (https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3705778/nick-grimshaw-harry-styles-bbc-radio-1-dj-x-factor-judge/) his friend and radio personality Nick Grimshaw on the (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mrh21) Radio One Breakfast Show Thursday, Styles (https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/harry-styles-fans-banned-from-buying-kiwis-in-asda-after-stage-slip-a3674871.html) reportedly admitted that he had not been "hit straight on with a kiwi yet."

The One Direction alum, however, has not commented on Asda's new kiwi policy.

Styles is slated to (https://twitter.com/Harry_Styles/status/926436045817704448) release the music video version of "Kiwi" on Nov. 8. A sneak-peak photo of the music video features Styles dressed in a custom Alessandro Michele-designed Gucci suit, which he (https://www.instagram.com/p/BZl1izinFpW/?hl=en&taken-by=harryworewhat) previously wore  during a Sept. 20 tour stop in Los Angeles.

Styles stands in the picture beside more than a dozen school-aged kids dressed in Gucci, which is said to be (http://www.billboard.com/photos/7792087/so-gucci-8-of-harry-styles-best-moments-wearing-the-italian-brand) one of the singer's favorite designers .  

The video's first promotional image appears to place Styles in the teacher role alongside a large sum of young students. Many fans are still unsure what the "Kiwi" video is expected to be about since it doesn't directly line up with (https://genius.com/Harry-styles-kiwi-lyrics) the song's lyrics , but it seems to be influenced by (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5ApYxkU-U) the video for Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" - one of the singer's (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7752445/harry-styles-sign-of-the-times-influences-bowie-pink-floyd) musical inspirations . Pink Floyd's video also features young kids. 

"Kiwi" is the third single from Styles' self-titled debut album. The song follows behind "Sign of the Times" and "Two Ghosts." He is currently on the European leg of his world tour in support of the chart-topping album.
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