If Tumblr is any judge, One Direction fans care more about who within the band they think is hooking up than who the singers are dating. From GIFS of Harry Styles and Niall Horan hugging to alleged photos of Styles and Louis Tomlinson kissing, there are countless rumors that the bromance between the 1D boys is more of a straight romance.
It’s all fine and dandy to joke about the men of One Direction being gay together, but it’s another thing entirely to bring it up to their faces. That’s exactly what Australian TV reporter Samantha Armytage did when she spoke to Styles, Horan and Liam Payne for a recent interview.
When she showed the trio pictures of Styles and Tomlinson supposedly kissing in the Australian tabloid Famous, they immediately jumped to Styles’ defense. “That is Photoshopped. There was a lady in there,” Styles says, very clearly uncomfortable.
Payne is quick to defend Styles even after Armytage keeps pressing for a scoop, saying, “It’s just me and Niall [as the couple].” But though they laughed it off, these rumors of interband relationships continue to follow One Direction. It will be interesting to see if one day Styles has to do more than just awkwardly laughing off romance rumors.