One Direction alum Louis Tomlinson has once again discovered that it is impossible to undo a mess that he may have partially self-created.
As noted by The Mirror, the 24-year-old “Drag Me Down” crooner recently attempted to employ Instagram’s filtering feature to eradicate all fan mentions of the controversial amalgamated moniker “Larry” from his profile. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, “Larry,” short for “Larry Stylinson,” alludes to the long-rumored, secret romantic relationship between Tomlinson and fellow band mate, Harry Styles. Tomlinson has previously commented on the matter, once calling the non-existent coupling a, “load of bulls**t” on Twitter, but certain Directioners — the fan base of One Direction — have refused to believe otherwise.
Unfortunately for Louis, however, the savvy users who follow him on Instagram were able to come up with a quick fix to the block. Rather than type out the name normally, they either added spaces to it (“L A R R Y”), or simply used other terms that still connected the duo as possible lovers (“L&H,” “Houis,” etc.). Some just dropped the first part of the nickname and stuck to referring to the couple as “Stylinson,” due to Tomlinson seemingly forgetting to add that to his blacklist as well.
Louis’ move to stop Instagram followers from flooding his feed with the same-sex mention is just the latest chapter in the saga that was significantly instigated by him during a 2012 MuchMusic interview.
“Originally, I saw that they were [using “Larry Stylinson”] in these little [fan fiction] stories,” he relayed as he placed his arm around Styles, “but then, it turned into so many people genuinely thinking that me and Harry are in a relationship.”
There were also various other moments that gave “Larries” (the collective of fans who believe Tomlinson and Styles are together) even more “evidence” to go on. For instance, during a concert appearance in 2013, Harry changed the lyrics of the hit, “Little Things,” to “I’m in love with Lou and all his little things” (the original lyric being, “I’m in love with you and all your little things”).
There was also the 2011 Twitter post from Tomlinson, that has since been deleted, as mentioned by Yahoo! News, surpassed 2 million retweets since it was first shared. According to the news site, most One Direction fans took the message in one of two ways: as a statement of undying dedication to Styles, and a warning about the first paparazzi pics that were to be coming at that time Louis was with his then-girlfriend, Eleanor Calder.
Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011
Regardless of all visuals and love-laced messages, several other members, both past and present, of One Direction have also tried in vain to debunk the “Larry” claims. Singer Zayn Malik, who departed the boy band more than a year ago, told Fader that there was no truth to a relationship between the two young men or any other One Direction members, for that matter.
“There’s no secret relationships going on with any of the band members,” he expressed. “It’s not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for [both Louis and Harry]. They [can’t] naturally put their arm around each other [anymore] because they’re conscious of this thing going on that isn’t even true.”
Ironically, if certain rumors are to be believed, then they probably wouldn’t even want to. As explained here on the Inquisitr, following Malik’s departure and during the group’s last melodic excursion, the On The Road Again Tour, it was said that Styles and Tomlinson had a massive falling-out. The reason for the split wasn’t specifically made clear, but sources believed that it may have bubbling over since 2012, when the once-tight roommates, without warning, suddenly decided to stop living with one another.
Styles has never publicly commented on any of the relationship rumors. Following the release of their 2015 album, Made In The A.M., all members of One Direction have been on an entertainment hiatus.
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