Harry Styles of "X Factor" U.K. boy band One Direction and Grammy winner Taylor Swift have not yet commented on the status of their relationship ever since they've been seen on dates and kissing each other in public, so it's no surprise that they also aren't commenting on a recent rumor that they have broken up. On January 7, 2013, Business Insider reported that the Styles/Swift romance is over, after 18-year-old Styles and 23-year-old Swift had a big argument while they were on vacation in the British Virgin Islands during the first week of January 2013.
Styles and Swift (who are nicknamed "Haylor" as a couple) went public with their romance in November 2012, when they were first seen acting like a couple. Several sources close to them told the media that Swift and Styles have told family and close friends that they're "in love" and are in an exclusive relationship. The couple had public dates in several international locations, including Los Angeles, New York City, England, Utah and the British Virgin Islands.
An unnamed source told Business Insider that Swift left for the U.S. on January 4, 2013, while Styles flew to New York City on January 6, 2013, before he headed back to London (where he lives) on January 7, 2013.
Before Styles left the British Virgin Islands, he partied on Necker Island, where he was photographed in a hot tub with people of both sexes, including billionaire Richard Branson, who has a lot of property on the island.
A source told Business Insider: "Richard Branson heard Harry was staying nearby so invited him to come check out Necker. So when Taylor left for the States, Harry went to Branson's island for the day to let off some steam." Styles "did plenty of partying and was definitely enjoying himself while hanging out with guests. He returned to Virgin Gorda in the early morning hours looking like he had a raucous night."
Representatives for Styles and Swift aren't commenting on the status of the Haylor relationship.
There has been ongoing speculation that the Styles/Swift romance was fabricated as a publicity stunt. Some One Direction fans insist that Styles is secretly gay or bisexual and that Swift has been "bearding" for him, i.e., pretending to date him so people won't think there's anything gay about Styles' sexuality. Swift previously dated actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Lautner, who both have also had persistent rumors about them that they are closeted gay men.
Styles has refused to confirm or deny that he's dated any of the women he's been romantically linked with after he broke up with "The Xtra Factor" co-host Caroline Flack in January 2012. When Styles is asked about his love life in interviews, he says he dates women and he admits to being a big flirt. But he won't specifically name any women he's been dating. When he's asked about specific women he's been seen on dates with, he dodges the question by not answering it or by making a vague comment and then switching the subject.
Swift, who has talked to the media about her boyfriends in the past, has not made any public statements about her relationship with Styles.
On January 5, 2013, Swift tweeted "'til you put me down,” which is a partial lyric from her hit single “I Knew You Were Trouble.”