Grammy winner Taylor Swift, 23, and One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, have not yet publicly commented on their relationship, but on December 15, 2012, reports have surfaced that they have been privately telling family and friends that they are in love.
Styles and Swift (whose relationship is nicknamed “Haylor” by the media and fans) went public with their romance in November 2012 and have been seen on romantic dates together and kissing in public in Los Angeles, New York City and England.
When Swift turned 23 on December 13, 2012, she spent the day in England with Styles. As previously reported, Styles planned a special birthday for Swift, and that turned out to be buying several gifts totaling about £1,000 (or $1,600 in U.S. dollars). Meanwhile, Nick Grimshaw, a Radio 1 DJ who is one of Styles’ closest friends, has told the media that Styles thinks Swift is a very special girlfriend, and Grimshaw approves of the relationship.
According to The Sun, Styles’ birthday gifts for Swift were a £400 Jimmy Choo handbag, antique earrings, 23 cupcakes her favorite perfume and a black-and-white photo for them together in a vintage picture frame. The cupcakes (which came in the flavors cookies and cream, candy floss and mint liqueur) “cost £38 and he picked them up in person from a husband-and-wife firm in Warrington, Cheshire,” according to The Sun.
Although Styles and Swift are both multi-millionaires, they are still a new couple, so it’s not as if Styles was going to buy her gifts such as a car or a diamond ring, which would signify that the relationship is more serious than what it is right now.
A source told The Sun: “Harry put a lot of thought into her gifts and really wanted to show her just how special she is to him. The boys [in One Direction] teased him about how mushy he’s become but he doesn’t seem to care.”
According to the Daily Mirror, Swift is also telling people close to her that she loves Styles. The Daily Mirror reported that Swift had this to say to a friend about her relationship with Styles: “It’s crazy. He’s fantastic. I love him. He just puts you at ease. He’s the embodiment of youthful energy. It’s really inspiring. He’s opening my mind to so many thoughts. Our relationship doesn’t feel like a weight.”
The Daily Mirror also claims that Swift was overheard saying this about Styles when she accompanied him to Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball in London, where One Direction performed on December 8, 2012: “We do normal things, like go out to eat, take pictures and make videos. He’s cute, incredibly good looking, smells good and I’m enjoying the flirtation. Meeting him is just one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. The future, the past, the present, where’s this all going? It’s like everything. But things are good.”
Although some One Direction fans believe that the Haylor relationship has been faked for publicity, friends of Styles have told the media that the Haylor romance is real. As previously reported, singer Olly Murs did a Radio.com interview in which he described Swift as Styles’ girlfriend and that the Haylor relationship is exclusive because he considered Swift “off-limits” for anyone else to date.
Grimshaw, 28, has now told the Daily Mirror that although he was initially skeptical of Haylor, he is now convinced that Swift and Styles really do love each other: “Harry really likes Taylor, he’s fallen for her in a big way. At first I wasn’t sure if the relationship was a real one but I talk to him a lot and it seems to be that she’s the one – for now, anyway.
“American artists are usually really, really boring and reserved but Taylor is fun. She’s always up for a laugh and is really good company. Harry likes people who make him laugh. I talk to Harry a lot on the phone while he’s away touring and he talks about her a lot. He is very happy with her. I like her a lot too, she came on my show recently and we had a really fun time.”
Swift and “X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction are two of the best-selling artists of 2012.
Styles and Swift met in March 2012 at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and reportedly had a brief fling that ended in April because Styles wanted to date other women and Swift wanted their relationship to be exclusive. Swift moved on to dating Conor Kennedy (the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.) from May to October 2012. Swift and Styles rekindled their romance in November 2012.
Swift and Styles plan to spend as much time together before they both go on separate tours for much of 2013. According to the Daily Mirror, Styles and Swift had dinner at a Chinese restaurant on December 14, 2012.
As previously reported, they will be together in Los Angeles on December 20, 2012, when One Direction is in Los Angeles for promotional appearances, including a performance on the Season 2 finale of Fox’s “The X Factor” U.S.
On December 31, 2012 (New Year’s Eve), Styles and Swift will be in New York City, where Swift is scheduled to perform live on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.”
The Daily Mirror reported that while Swift was in Germany during the weekend of December 15, 2012, Styles was at a party in Sheffield, England, where he was seen harmlessly flirting with some of the women there. The sources at the party said that he was there from 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. in the early-morning hours of December 16, 2012. One of the partygoers tweeted about what Styles allegedly said to one of her friends: “He told her she was very attractive and to take off her Minnie Mouse suit lol.”
The sources said that although Styles did some cheeky flirting, he was polite and didn’t do anything inappropriate with any of the women there. In other words, he wasn’t cheating on Swift at the party.