At this stage in the game, I find it extremely unlikely that Harry and Louis aren’t gay and in a long term relationship. I don’t wanna get too deep in rehashing the flirting, the boners, the innuendos, the soft outings,the tweets, the coordinating tattoos along with the very intentional public separation, the stunts, the pap ready ho strolls and the ridiculous media narrative. But these are things that happened which point to one thing and one thing only. I honestly feel that if you don’t see it by now, you don’t want to see it.
If Eleanor and Louis were a real couple, I’d never use the word “love” in conjunction with them. It would be quite dysfunctional. Louis would be controlling yet indifferent—that’s emotionally abusive. Eleanor would be a doormat or maybe a cold golddigger. They’d both be holding onto something that seems to have deteriorated into a somewhat tense tolerance of each other. I would pity them both and wonder why they don’t put each other out of their misery. If I were Eleanor, I’d wonder why Louis can’t muster up the will to top his most romantic gesture to date (the dinner he cooked before she was in the picture). Like, we’ve been together a while bro. Romance me like that, dammit!
And so, it makes me feel it’s impossible for the fandom to “use” Harry and Louis as gay rights poster boys. If you revisit old blog posts and threads about XFactor 2010 out there on the internet, you can literally follow along as people shift from “what a cute bromance” to “oh damn, are they flirting” to “holy shit, they’re into each other”. It wasn’t the fandom who randomly chose to anoint them as gay poster boys. It was Harry and Louis’ own words and actions that caused people to notice. It also wasn’t until after Eleanor arrived and they started being restricted and Harry went on tattoo binge including things like a hanger, and “I can’t change” and “Things I can/Things I can’t” that people really started to believe that these two were probably being closeted against their will. So again, the fandom didn’t bring this to 1D world (Harry and Louis and their management and handlers), 1D world brought this to us. We noticed because we have eyes and ears and enough common sense to put 2 and 2 together.