For months, rumors have been swirling that Taylor Swift and One Direction‘s Harry Styles were romantically linked, and on Sunday, they inherited the name Haylor after making a public appearance strolling through New York City’s Central Park.
Even though this is the first time the two have been publically photographed together, they’ve been romantically linked for quite some time. To review all the gushy details, MTV News is taking a look back at Haylor’s history.
Sparks, and speculation, began to fly at the 2012 Kids Choice Awards, where Swift and Styles met backstage. During One Direction’s performance of “What Makes You Beautiful,” Swift was seen dancing and singing alongside best friend Selena Gomez.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, mutual pal Justin Bieber got the rumor mill spinning when he revealed that “one of the biggest artists in the world thinks Harry is so hot, but I have been sworn to secrecy.” Shortly after, MTV News caught up with the boys and to Harry’s apparent embarrassment, hinted that something might be going on between the two.
Things cooled off in the summer months between Styles and Swift, who, at the time, was linked to 18-year-old Connor Kennedy. Swift and One Direction both performed at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, and when MTV News asked 1D who they were excited to see at the show, Niall Horan responded with, “Taylor Swift.” Louis Tomlinson then points at Styles and repeated her name, which was followed by some awkward silence and some giggling from the boys.
For the November issue of Seventeen, Styles named Swift one of his celebrity crushes, telling the magazine, “[Taylor]’s a really lovely girl. Honestly, she couldn’t be a sweeter person. She’s a great girl and she’s extremely talented.” He went on to describe Swift as “one of those people you meet [who’s] genuinely a nice person. Some people you meet and they are not as nice as you make them out to be, but she’s one of those people who’s really just amazing.”
Styles kept fans guessing about his relationship status when he told Cosmopolitan U.K., “There’s someone I like… but this girl… isn’t my ‘type.’ It’s more about the person. How they act, their body language, if they can laugh at themselves.”
That same month, it was Swift’s turn to plant some clues about their relationship after she was seen out in London wearing a silver airplane chain, which is identical to one owned by Styles.
Swifties and Directioners finally got somewhat of a confirmation these two were on the road to romance after “X Factor” co-host Mario Lopez revealed that Swift and Styles had been spending time together after the boy bander visited Swift, and even held her hand, during rehearsal for appearance on the “X Factor.” “Taylor Swift was the special guest performer, and a little inside scoop for you: During rehearsals, Harry from One Direction came and slapped me on the back and said, ‘Hey, Mario, how ya doing?’ And I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ And he sort of [pointed] toward Taylor,” he said.
Swift and Styles sent Twitter abuzz when they were photographed walking through New York’s Central Park. The two are set to reunite again on Friday when they take the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden for Z100’s annual Jingle Ball concert.