Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have been bonding a lot lately -- and it is pretty clear that Zayn Malik was finally replaced as Louis's BFF in One Direction.
During Zayn Malik's career with One Direction, he was under a lot of stress from tour -- but always caught up in antics with Louis Tomlinson. Whether they were on the road or having fun in their off-time, it was pretty clear that Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik had a special bond -- even up to Zayn's last days in One Direction.
But was Louis Tomlinson a bad influence on Zayn Malik? Right before Zayn Malik decided to quit tour and leave One Direction, he was partying hard in Thailand with Louis Tomlinson. Their evening out was so off-the-hook that even Perrie Edwards, Zayn Malik's fiance, protested.
However, in the time since Zayn Malik left One Direction, it appears that Louis Tomlinson has moved on... in Niall Horan's direction. Although Zayn Malik might be sad about this broken relationship with Louis Tomlinson, Zayn is also showing a sign that he is making a departure from his wild nights with Louis.
Supporting this theory, Seventeen reports on June 26 that, "Zayn Malik symbolically admits he is letting his relationship with Louis Tomlinson fade."
Their evidence is that Zayn Malik is letting the "Bus 1" matching tattoo he got with Louis Tomlinson fade under a new tattoo. They also point out the fight between Zayn Malik's new best friend, Naughty Boy, and Louis Tomlinson as being a major post 1-D friendship divide.
Although Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have always been chummy, they might be taking things a step further. Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson split off during a One Direction tour break to spend time together at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K.
The Daily Mail U.K. reported the following on June 28.
"They are back to work in Finland on Saturday for the latest date in their On The Road Again tour but One Direction's Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson enjoyed a relaxing day at Glastonbury on Friday. [Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson] watched James Bay perform from a prime spot in the VIP area of the annual music festival in Somerset... [and both] appeared to be in high spirits, laughing and singing along as they enjoyed the sunshine and music."
In the meantime, fans are still very much enamored with the idea that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles should become better friends. A mid-year readers poll by Billboard Magazine published on June 26 shows that fans voted (via a write-in) Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles as one of the top three "hottest" couples of 2015.