Did anybody else see that massive elephant in the room when ‘odd rumours’ were mentioned?!
If there is one thing that yesterday’s One Direction livestream showed us, it’s that the boys aren’t going to do what they don’t want to do.
Whether that’s Harry Styles refusing to slag off former flame Taylor Swift, or the boys positively ignoring their opportunity to debunk sexuality rumours for once and for all.
In case you have been living under a rock for the past four years, this past week specifically, Harry and Lous Tomlinson have been at the centre of a pretty humongous fan rumour throughout their entire career: Larry Stylinson.
Which is basically the fans belief that the two boys are secret lovers and have been ever since the X Factor days… And believe it or not it’s not as crazy as it sounds – the fans have actually compiled a pretty convincing box full of evidence to prove this theory and Harry using a new interview to suggest that he wouldn’t be opposed to a relationship with a member of the same sex has driven the rumour mill into overdrive.
Given that this has all come to a head over the last seven days, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the duo would need no time at all to think of the sexuality rumours that pretty much engulf them when asked in yesterday’s live interview with long-term pal, Ben Winston, what the oddest rumour they had heard about themselves was.
After a slightly awkward silence, where all five boys pulled their best ‘we’re thinking really hard’ face, sharp Harry said that the rumours of one or two of them being dead can often be quite odd.
Quickly glancing at a quiet Louis, Ben dismisses Harry’s answer with a simple: “I’m sorry to hear that,” before pressing once again, “Is there anything apart from death?!”
And again, the boys all pull their best ‘thinking’ faces, with Louis even rubbing his temple for effect in a silence that goes on for what feels like forever, before sighing, “I’m sure there is something but… I can’t-”
Before daddy of the band, Liam Payne, jumps in and saves his bandmates from the ever-growing awkwardness, saying very matter-of-factly: “The thing is, there’s a lot of things. But you know when someone asks you something and you can’t put your finger on it?”
Then mysterious, and notoriously quiet, Zayn Malik expertly moved the conversation along, saying: “We used to change Niall’s profession every time we went abroad.”
Cue a change of topic and Ben finally dropping the case.
Nice save, Zayn and Liam – massive kudos to you both.
The thing that is most striking during this minute of actual interview gold, is the utter silence.
There was undeniably an elephant in the room – it was big, it was loud, and it was emblazoned with the dozens of ‘bisexuality’ and ‘Larry’ headlines, which have been dominating the past week… AND everybody could see it.
One Direction could see it, the fans watching could see it, and Ben Winston could DEFINITELY see it and was desperately trying to coax it out.
Too bad, Ben – the boys refused and it was live, so everybody saw.
Following Harry’s revelation about gender not being “that important” in a significant other, Louis was papped showing his support for Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out as gay the previous week.
Turning up at the X Factor studios, Louis was proudly grinning as he showed off his T-Shirt which had a rainbow-coloured Apple logo printed on it, and although we know this is just the original logo from the 1970s, we reckon that the timing of this is by no means a coincidence.
And whether or not the boys are straight, gay, or anything inbetween isn’t really of importance, what really matters is that their positive attitude towards LGBTQ+ relationships is having a massively influential impact on their fans.
Harry publically debunking the concept of ‘heteronormativity’ has been hugely praised by both the fandom and equal rights activists, with Directioners rallying around to showcase their support.
As well as creating safe online spaces for questioning fans, thousands of the band’s followers have also added a rainbow badge to their social media profiles in order to demonstrate their undying support for the boys and those struggling with their sexuality within the fandom.
Harry has always been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, previously showing his support for openly gay football player, Michael Sam, by wearing his jersey at a concert in the footballer’s home town.
He has also hit back at the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed a One Direction show, by tweeting: “Despite the company outside, I believe in equal rights for everyone.
“I think God loves all. Thanks for coming to the show though.”
His positive words helped to influence his millions of fans, who joined forces to create TakeMeHomeFromNarnia earlier this year – an action platform against homophobic bullying.
We think that it is pretty obvious to say that regardless of what Harry’s sexual identity is, he and the rest of the band’s public support for LGBTQ+ rights can only be a positive, and widely welcomed, thing.
And with that in mind, it’s no wonder that they don’t see a need to address the rumours surrounding their own sexuality.
Way to go guys, we are pretty much in love with you.
[ Niall Horan Wrote A Love Song For Liam Payne's Girlfriend ]
[ Harry Styles Avoids Slamming Ex Taylor Swift In Ben Winston Livestream ]
[ One Direction Inspire Fans As They Advocate For LGBTQ+ Rights ]