Did Those “Gay Sex” Rumors Actually Tear One Direction Apart?

Former member Louis Tomlinson has responded to the new claims.

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Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has slammed a recent article suggesting that the group broke up due to persistent rumors that he and bandmate Harry Styles were secretly lovers.

The Mirror reported this week that “Larry” or “Larry Stylinson” slash fan fiction, which imagined the 1D dudes paired in sexual situations, contributed to the popular British boy band’s ultimate split.

The tabloid wrote that Tomlinson was “extremely sensitive” about the “disrespectful” rumors and had admitted that public speculation about their sexuality “created an atmosphere” between he and Styles.

The article also repeats a quote from Zayn Malik, the first boy to leave the band: “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.”

The Mirror concludes that these “’gay sex’ rumours” and the fan fiction led to Tomlinson and Styles “falling out,” creating “animosity” between them.

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“Biggest load of bullshit I’ve seen in a while,” Tomlinson tweeted about the new claims. “Typical unprovoked venom from The Mirror. Couldn’t be further from the truth!”

“Larry Stylinson” fantasies recently made headlines again thanks to an episode of HBO’s Euphoria, in which a character writes fan fiction about Tomlinson and Styles having sex before a 1D concert.

“I can categorically say that I was not contacted nor did I approve it,” Tomlinson tweeted about the racy animated scene.
 

Promoting his solo single “Back to You” in 2012, Tomlinson, who was dating Eleanor Calder at the time, discussed the “Larry” conspiracy during a video interview.

“I’ve never actually been asked about it directly,” he told Bizarre. “It’s a funny thing. I mean, look, people can believe what they want to believe, but I just think it comes across sometimes a little bit disrespectful to the ones that I love, like Eleanor… So I think it’s just one of these things that people just love to buy into, but in reality, obviously there’s no truth to it, obviously.”

Although he hadn’t addressed “Larry” in an interview, Tomlinson did respond to the rumor in 2012, tweeting, “Larry is the biggest load of bullshit I’ve ever heard. I’m happy why can’t you accept that.”

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