Recently, Harry Styles' mother Anne had her iCloud account hacked. The hacker, Twitter user @haarrystyles, uploaded many photos of Harry canoodling with his high-profile maybe-girlfriend Kendall Jenner, taken back in January when the pair vacationed on a yacht together with Styles' mother Anne.
These new pictures sent a huge chunk of the One Direction fandom spiraling into meltdown, but not because they're jealous of Harry's relationship with Kendall, but rather, because these new photos are another nail in the coffin of Larry Stylinson, a sub-fandom that believes Harry Styles is in a long-term relationship with bandmate Louis Tomlinson.
The Larries, as they call themselves, believe that Harry and Louis have been together for years but are unable to publicly declare their love for one another due to pressure from their record label, despite both band members having high profile relationships, and Louis recently having a child.
It gets more complicated from here. Some of the fandom believes that Larry were once a couple, but that the pressures of fame (and / or cheating) tore their relationship apart, and that's why there's a noticeable tension between the members. For example, Harry hasn't tweeted Louis a happy birthday for the past three years, and the two barely interacted during One Direction's On The Road Again Tour last year. When they hugged at the end of the final show, the fandom went into meltdown.
Meanwhile, other Larries believe that Harry and Louis actually got married two years ago. Why, you wonder? Well, two years ago, Harry tweeted this:
That same day, Ed Sheeran tweeted this:
And in a tweet that has since been deleted, Louis' mother tweeted this:
For the boys' part, the have both repeatedly denied that they are anything more that friends:
Louis also addressed the rumours on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, calling them "degrading" toward his then girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
”This is a subject that was funny at first but now is actually hard to deal with, as I am in relationship. Me and Harry are best friends. People look into our every move—it is actually affecting the way me and Harry are in public.”
Former bandmate Zayn Malik also addressed the rumours, telling Fader magazine recently:
“There’s no secret relationships going on with any of the band members. It’s not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for them.
"They won’t naturally go put their arm around each other because they’re conscious of this thing that’s going on, which is not even true.
"They won’t do that natural behaviour," he said.
Although the Larries may be the most dedicated fandom for a queer ship that, you know, probably hasn't set sail, they certainly aren't the only gay relationship conspiracy with a huge fandom in pop culture.
Where teens once plastered their bedroom walls with posters of their faves, fantasising about what it would be like to marry their idols, it seems that fans these days would be just as happy for their favourite pop idols to date one another.
They'll defend their gay ships vehemently, even if it means calling a baby a publicity stunt or attacking Dan Wootton, The Sun's Associate Editor for Showbiz and TV, who stressed in a recent article about the "downfall of the world's biggest boyband" that "neither is gay".
These fandoms live on social media, spend their time looking for clues that their ship is real, and writing explicit, erotic fan fiction about their idols.
Here, we look at the celeb relationships that fans are convinced are ~more than just friendships~.
CaKe: Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne
Evidence for: This video of Kendall acting "jealous" when Cara pays attention to Kendall's sister Kylie, this photo of them wearing matching shirts celebrating the "CaKe Tour", this flipagram of them cosying up to one another.
Evidence against: Kendall's high profile relationship with Harry Styles, Cara's high profile relationship with St. Vincent.
Kengi: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid
Evidence against: Gigi is currently dating Zayn Malik, Kendall is still linked to Harry Styles.
Kaylor: Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift
Evidence against: Taylor's public relationship with Calvin Harris.
CaKe #2: Calum Hood and Luke Hemmings from 5 Seconds of Summer
Jerrie: Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix
Evidence against: Perrie's former engagement to Zayn Malik, Jade's potential new boo.
Camren: Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony
Evidence against: Lauren's past relationship with The Vamps' Brad Simpson.