Taylor Swift and Harry Styles of boy band “One Direction” hung out at the Central Park Zoo in New York City yesterday, sparking tons of new speculation as to whether they are a couple again or not. "Haylor" is officially a thing, according to website Cambio today. They do point out that they could just be friends though, since there weren’t any overt PDAs. But when you see the pics, you can’t help but notice that the way Taylor Swift seems to gaze at Harry Styles doesn’t look like a just friends situation. That could be intentional though since plenty of rumors are floating about that Taylor is just using her friendship with notorious “womanizer” Harry in order to make her last boyfriend Conor Kennedy jealous.
Taylor, 22, and Harry, 18, were spotted along with his stylist, and her fiancé and baby. The group strolled through the park, stopping to watch sea lions among other exhibits. They seemed to really look the part of a loving couple, with one observer even noting it looked like they were “playing house”, as Swift held and doted on the other couple’s baby.
Click here to see photos and video of the pair as they made their way through crowds at the zoo.
But not all are buying the budding romance story. After all, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles already had one go round last spring. The two met at the “Kids’ Choice Awards” in March and dated briefly afterwards.
Taylor’s song “I Knew You Were Trouble” is said to be all about the U.K. heartthrob. Some think Swift broke things off with Styles earlier this year after Googling his name and seeing a photo of him kissing another girl. She’s apparently well aware of his ways and some don’t think she’d seriously think about getting back together with him.
A source close to Taylor Swift says, “She isn’t denying in any way the reports of the people talking about her having a relationship with Harry because she wants to make Conor jealous and the way she thinks she is making him jealous is to show him that she has options”, according to Hollywood Life.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles first sparked rumors they were dating again back in November when he showed up for her rehearsals for “The X Factor”, as reported by the Daily Mail. Host Mario Lopez announced on his radio show, “So Taylor Swift and Harry from One Direction - you heard it here first. [They're] officially hanging out, I can say that much”.
Of course fans were already on high alert for spotting Swift and Styles as reports recently surfaced that Harry invited Taylor to attend his huge Madison Square Garden concert with band mates “One Direction” on Monday night. Some rumors even have Taylor singing a duet with Harry.
However, Cambio is saying that Taylor is scheduled to attend another gala Monday night, where she'll be the recipient of the Kennedy Ripple of Hope award. Perhaps she intends to appear at both events depending on the timing.
Click here to see more photos of the couple out together Sunday in the park.
The bottom line is we don’t know much more about the status of Swift and Styles’ relationship than we did before yesterday’s events. A case can be made that showing up together in broad daylight in such a public place must be their way of breaking the news to sometimes overzealous fans that they are indeed a couple again.
However, lacking any official confirmation, and having restrained from being publicly demonstrative with each other, it can easily be argued that the two are just friends as well. It all depends on which you prefer it to be at this point. Maybe Monday night will tell more. Stay tuned.