‘One Direction’ bandmates Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson have been forced to deny they are gay as the rumors have begun to affect how the pair act around one another.
Their close relationship has baffled many, who have mistaken their bromance for the real deal.
Obsessed fans have even dubbed them Larry Stylinson. But Tomlinson claimed the duo are just friends.
He told a Texas radio station: “Some people genuinely think we’re in a relationship. I was looking at this thing the other day and they genuinely, seriously think that we’re in a relationship. It’s so funny!”
The pair, who are the only members of the band who live together, often tease their supporters by talking about their “love” for one another.
Styles has said: “My first crush was Louis Tomlinson. It’s a mutual feeling. We’ve discussed it. Louis makes me laugh.”
Though they initially laughed off suggestions they were intimately linked, Tomlinson recently revealed in an interview with Tumblr that the rumours have not only affected his relationship with Styles but also with his girlfriend, Eleanor Calder.
“This is a subject that was funny at first but now it is actually hard to deal with as I am in a relationship,” he said.
“Me and Harry are best friends, people look into our every move. It is actually affecting the way me and Harry are in public. We want to joke around but there seems to be a different rumour every time we do anything.”
Harry is 18. Louis is 20.