A lot has been said in the media and elsewhere about how One Direction’s Harry Styles decided to travel from New York City to London with his girlfriend Taylor Swift on her private jet after they performed at New York radio station Z100’s all-star Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012. Meanwhile, the other members of One Direction traveled separately (first class) on Virgin Airlines. One Direction had to be in London on December 8, 2012, to perform at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball concert at the O2 Arena.
Several media outlets jumped on the fact that Styles didn’t travel with his band mates and chose to travel with Swift instead. Tabloids quickly declared that Swift is the “Yoko Ono of One Direction,” and described Swift as a controlling girlfriend who is luring Styles away from the rest of One Direction and causing tensions in the group. Although there was plenty of room on the private jet for the other members of One Direction (Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson), they apparently weren’t invited, no doubt because Styles and Swift wanted to spend some romantic time together without the other guys in One Direction watching. Styles and Swift as a couple have already been nicknamed “Haylor” by the media and fans.
If “Haylor” is causing tensions in One Direction, then the other members of the group aren’t talking to the media out about it. At Z100’s Jingle Ball, Tomlinson commented to Us Weekly about the relationship between Swift and Styles: “I’m really glad they’re good friends. She’s a lovely girl.”
One Direction fans on the Internet have been abuzz over a photo that allegedly shows Styles lifting Swift up in a “Dirty Dancing” move at One Direction’s party in New York City on December 3, 2012. (The dancing couple’s faces are not seen in the photo.) And for the first time, a video has surfaced of Swift kissing Styles on the cheek as they watch a performance at Z100’s Jingle Ball.
As previously reported, Styles is planning a special birthday for Swift, who turns 23 years old on December 13, 2012.
E! News is reporting that Swift made up for the private-jet snub by traveling with One Direction by bus from London to Manchester on December 9, 2012, when One Direction performed at “The X Factor” U.K. 2012 finale at Manchester Central.
This is what E! Entertainment Television announced in a press release:
According to a source, Swift, 22, and Styles, 18, left the Big Apple on Swift’s private jet Friday night and landed down at England’s Luton airport around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. And it doesn’t sound like Styles’ 1D pals were 100 percent thrilled with being ditched by their bud.
The rest of the band were a bit annoyed about the whole thing,” our source says. “They took a Virgin commercial flight and there were tons of spare seats on the jet. They were a bit miffed that Harry chose to go with her instead of them. They had just finished a huge concert in NY and all of them were on a high, the fact he left them to travel solo irritated them a bit.”
Once Haylor landed across the pond, the lovebirds got in a car and went straight to Styles’ apartment in London.
“Saturday night, 1D performed at the O2 arena,” our source continues. “After 1D’s performance, Taylor got on the boy’s tour bus and took the three and a half hour drive from London to Manchester with the rest of the band. It was a nice gesture of her. And definitely came across as her way of making nice with everyone, of bridging the gap. She wanted to show them she is one of the boys.”
It sounds like the guys of One Direction aren’t the only ones getting used to Styles’ romance with the country cutie.
“Harry normally likes girls who have a tartier look,” the source adds of the couple. “Taylor isn’t really his type. Everyone is questioning whether he is really into Taylor, but that might just be jealousy. He is certainly getting a lot more attention than his bandmates. Harry isn’t looking for anything serious right now, but maybe it will last, we will have to wait and see.”