Australian Army soldiers from 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, firing a range of weapons and explosives during Exercise Razorback Storm-Black at Cultana training area, South Australia, in November 2014.
These are obviously rather preliminary thoughts - who knows what’s going to happen next. I think the fact that the birth rumours came from both Briana’s family and UAs is a pretty good sign that it’s a deliberate attempt to create a credible belief within the fandom that she did give birth (either individually are more than capable of making shit up by themselves, but together they suggest they’re communicating what they’ve been told to communicate). The rumours have made it to some Australian gossip mags (as the timezone where the staff was at work when the rumours broke).
It’s really noticeable that the rumours are definitely aimed at the fandom - but not timed for the fandom. I’m a NZ Larrie - I’m fully aware of how dead my dash is at this time and just . They basically chose the time when most fans were asleep to leak rumours.
A lot depends on what happens next - are these rumours repeated by a more reliable source and how the story spreads (an important teller for this will be Nick Grimshaw’s entertainment news - in about an hour and ten minutes). But I’m wondering if this suggests a two-tiered strategy - with the birth for fandom - and the mainstream press will just get the paternity denial in a few days.
PS - I’ll be really impressed if they manage to get all this shit done while Louis and Harry are on holiday somewhere celebrating Harry’s birthday (which is my secret hope for where they are now).