Are Harry Styles and Taylor Swift friends? Unseen video of Haylor kissing on New Year's Eve 'saved 2020'
Almost a decade after the Haylor romance ended, fans still can't stop obsessing over the two, and what do Harry Styles and Taylor Swift think of each other after THAT breakup...
Back in 2012, it was pretty controversial to be a Haylor stan in the world of pop culture. For those unaware, that simply stood for fans and shippers of the music industry's former it couple - Harry Styles and Taylor Swift. Their adorable romance that sent fans into waves of jealous frenzy when not making them wish they were either half of the couple still continues to live on in the hearts of many, almost a decade after the musicians' split in 2013. It was what Charles Dickens would call the best of times, and the worst of times as Directioners and Swifties, who had finally found a common ground to worship on, were torn between choosing sides.
And now, as a never seen video of THAT big New Year's Eve kiss between the two singers found a way to resurface on Twitter, the inevitable question comes to mind: Are Harry Styles and Taylor Swift still friends after their highly publicized split? And why did they break up in the first place?
The Haylor Kiss
The fact that Haylor continues to be the focal point of so many pop culture discussion is a testament to the romance between the then 'it couple' which ironically was over before people could even obsesses about it properly. Perhaps that's why fans have gone on to dissect the relationship for so many years after it was nothing but thin air. Probably that's why this New Year's Eve video of the two kissing as the ball dropped on the midnight of 2012 is roaring to such massive proportions on Twitter. Some fans have even labelled the video: "This haylor kiss saved 2020," while others celebrated "GOOD MORNING TO EVERY SINGLE HAYLOR STAN MOOTS, that’s a great day for us," with heart eye emojis.
Styles and Swift sarked speculation of a relationship way before the two were first seen together in public. In March 2012, the two met backstage at the Kids Choice Awards and soon Swift was spotted dancing with BFF Selena Gomez during One Direction's live performance at the event. A month later Justin Bieber, who was then Gomez's beau, spilled to the Daily Mirror that "one of the biggest artists in the world thinks Harry is so hot, but I have been sworn to secrecy."
Styles took one for the team and dropped the first public hint by naming Swift his celeb crush in a November issue of Seventeen magazine that year. while neither of them would confirm rumors, Swift was spotted the same month wearing a silver airplace necklace identical to the one that Styles had been seen wearing before.
It was finally in December 2012 that the two stepped out together in New York City’s Central Park, spending a romantic afternoon strolling and visiting the zoo. Soon came the double date ski trip in Park City, Utah with fellow former it-couple Gomez and Bieber and the big kiss that's now made it to social media once again. For those clueless, this was the same midnight kiss that Swift shared with her then new boyfriend after performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Unfortunately, this was also one of the last times they were to be seen together, with no hint whatsoever on what went sour between the two eventually.
In January of 2013, with Swift returning alone from their trip to the British Virgin Islands, sources told Vanity Fair the two were over because "he wore her down. He was all, like, 'You’re amazing—I want to be with you. I want to do this' ... But the whole time she says she feels like he’s looking at every girl." Later, when asked about their break up in a 2017 Rolling Stone interview, Styles evaded the topic with a quip saying: "I gotta pee first. This might be a long one. Actually, you can say, ‘He went for a pee and never came back.'”
The same year there were rumours that Styles bagging a role in Christopher Nolan's 'Durkirk' before Swift got an onscreen appearance went around too. She too was allegedly auditioning for movies. And even though Swift sparked romances with some of the entertainment elites like DJ Calvin Harris, Avengers' Tom Hiddleston, eventually her current beau and English actor Joe Alwyn, people assumed Styles was still trying to get on her nerves by covering the Little Big Town song 'Girl Crush' in Nashville.
Are they friends now?
With both musicians going on to pursue newer romances and equally successful solo careers alike, a common speculation arose surrounding which song by whom was about the other. Swift's hit single 'Style' was the lowest hanging fruit to be grabbed, purely based on the name. And during his One Direction days, Styles crooning, “And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out/And if you’re looking for someone to write your breakup songs about/Baby, I’m perfect" was also quite telling.
In the years to come however, looks like the 'Bad Blood' between the two has died out. Swift, who is yet to publicly speak about her romance with Styles, has dropped just one nod at the relationship, that too in the form of an award acceptance speech, thanking the person who 'inspired' the song 'Style' at the 2013 MTV VMAs. Styles, who has been more candid about the idea of Swift writing more than just that song about him, admitted how 'flattering' it was to have someone of her calibre write music on him.
As speculations continue to rise surrounding which song penned by Styles in his solo career has been about which ex of his (Kendall Jenner, Camille Rowe, Swift, to name a few), the singer has gushed to E!: “I think about what it means to me to write a song about somebody else and for somebody else to do that, it’s like flattering, even if the song isn’t that flattering, you still spent time on it and ultimately, using Taylor as an example, she’s a great songwriter. So at least they’re good songs."