Timelines:(if they’re grouped together, they overlap)
*Holly Scally Pre-X Factor
Sophia Wardman 10-13-10 to 10-24-10
Amelia Lily 12-6-11 to 12-10-11
Demi Lovato 4-2-12 to 6-29-12 (in the UK)/ 11-2-12 (in the US and IE) *Ali McGinley 5-7-12 to no solid end date Marbella/Ruth Hicks 7-7-12 to 7-10-12
*Amy Green 10-28-12 to 2-17-13
*Zoe Whelan 4-7-13 to 7-6-13, “back together” 9-18-13 to 9-20-13 Laura Whitmore 4-26-13 to 4-27-13 Louise Thompson 5-24-13 to 12-2-13 Ellie Goulding 8-20-13 to 9-15-13 Tamera Foster 11-24-13 to 11-28-13
*Barbara Palvin 12-2-13 to 2-14-14, “back together” 3-5-14
Selena Gomez 2-17-14 to 2-20-14, Hollywood Life timeline is until 6-16-14
Thalia Heffernan 6-16-14 to 7-10-14 Brooke Vincent 7-5-14 to 8-4-14
Lauren Platt 10-31-14 to 12-4-14 *Melissa Whitelaw 2-16-15 to current, rumored to have started in Nov 2014 Amy Willerton 3-30-2015
I used the online reporting coverage to determine the dates above. The dates are based on when they’re supposed to have dated rather than when the coverage began and ended.
I only put the relationships I counted as significant. This was judged based on number of articles, longevity, spread of coverage, suspiciousness and likelihood of promo ties, and out of the blue factor. (Basically my gut). There were quite a few more people who were obviously never meant as serious speculation or only had 1-2 articles written about them.
* indicates the relationships I think most of the fandom/Niall stans consider to have been real relationships. I don’t include Ellie Goulding because even though the papers actually reported them as having dated for about a month, I think everyone has the impression they were a one night stand or something casual at the very least.
Under the cut I discuss where I got this information from in the first place and
some patterns I noticed.