Inside Louis Tomlinson's Relationship With Harry Styles Today

Once upon a time One Direction was the boy band of the decade. The five core members auditioned for the "X Factor" individually in 2010, before joining forces to become the band that skyrocketed into a household name. And while the talented stars finished in third place on the British music competition, the success of "One Direction" now speaks for itself.

However, after five years together and four successful studio albums, it was announced on Facebook that Zayn Malik would be leaving One Direction in 2015 (via Us Weekly). This was the beginning of the end for the English-Irish boy band, and a chapter that fans remember all too well. After Malik's announcement, it only took a few more months for the rest of the band to announce that they would be taking an "extended hiatus," as noted by UPROXX.

The news that One Direction was no more shattered hearts across the world, but the talented singers all have booming solo careers now and have continued making music individually. While the beloved boy band hasn't performed together since their initial break up, that hasn't kept the former bandmates from speaking about each other in interviews over the years (via Insider). While the majority of the gossip surrounds Malik, the first member of 1D to part ways from the group, some interesting scuttle also surrounds the relationship between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles. Let's take a look at the relationship between these two England-born stars. 

While their relationship may be complicated, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson remain friends

There's no denying that One Direction was beloved in its entirety, but naturally, fans still had their favorite members in the popular band. In an interview with The Guardian, Louis Tomlinson opened up about being an underdog in the group and what it felt like to be seen as "forgettable, to a certain degree." Every other bandmate seemed to have their own it-factor, except for him. For example, Tomlinson described Harry Styles as the guy who came across "very cool." When comparing their now solo careers, and finding notable songwriters to collaborate with, Tomlinson noted "Harry won't struggle with any of that."

However, despite the inevitable competition that has emerged between the former 1D bandmates, there has been no notable feuding between Styles or Tomlinson. In fact, quite the opposite. As noted by Elite Daily, Styles and Tomlinson's tight-knit friendship led fans to speculate that the two were romantic partners. This upset Tomlinson, who was dating Eleanor Calder at the time. "It created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking to everything we did," Tomlinson shared.

Despite the dating conspiracies and career competition between Styles and Tomlinson, the two bandmates remain friends. Tomlinson told "Hits Radio Breakfast" in 2019 that he had "not seen Harry for a while" but had "been in contact with him." "It's proper nice. Proper nice," he added (via Pinkvilla).

Louis Tomlinson isn't as close with Harry Styles as he is with other 1D members

According to Seventeen, of the five 1D members, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson had the most instant connection when the band first formed back in 2010. Sadly, that friendship did not stand the test of time over the years. In an interview with The Sun, Tomlinson revealed that he is not as close with Styles as he is with Liam Payne and Niall Horan. "There's no politics or anything," he shared. "Inevitably in a band, you're going to get some people who get on really well and some people who get on quite well."

There are several factors that may have led to the tragic downfall of Styles and Tomlinson's BFF status. For one, the Harry and Louis relationship theory, also known as "Larry Stylinson," drove a wedge between the duo. According to Republic World, "Larry" conspiracy theories began when 1D first became a band. Over the years, the "Larry" fanfare persisted amongst Directioners, who spurred on the rumors through fan fiction and social media. In an interview with The Sun, Tomlinson admitted that the strain from the "Larry" shippers was indeed a reason that he and Styles grew apart. "It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable," Tomlinson shared. "I think it shows that it was never anything real, if I can use that word."

Louis Tomlinson claims that 1D parted ways because of Harry Styles

Another obstacle in Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson's friendship? Both former 1D members had very differing opinions on whether the band should have stayed together in 2015. According to The Sun, while Louis Tomlinson was heartbroken when One Direction decided to part ways, the band chose that direction because "it's what Harry wanted." To make matters worse, what was initially supposed to be a temporary hiatus for the band, slowly turned into a permanent split. "I could feel that potentially it was going to be a break," Tomlinson shared, regarding the band's status. "What was difficult was trying to understand how long that might be."

The conversations surrounding the future of One Direction inevitably led to awkwardness and tension between the group members. Tomlinson described the process as "an uncomfortable time more than anything ... You're asking guys who have grown up being best friends to make selfish decisions, which they should do, based on themselves. But it doesn't change the fact that it was difficult for me to accept at first." 

Despite Tomlinson's hesitancy to move on from One Direction, he now sees that it was the right move for all of the boy band members. "If you asked me now if I think it's the wrong decision, I don't think it was," Tomlinson shared.