We did think that Elounor was unfulfilling. In addition, Harry’s high profile winter gfs we thought were suspicious but we let go because it was possible that it was clutch timing and Harry’s 1D front man. However, both of us had suspicions that Larry was still very much a romance, despite the fact that Louis has aggressively denied it because, media lies. Especially due to the random hints from family/ loved ones of the boys…. After Eleanor’s departure we were 💯 sure that Larry is real. As for ziam, we thought about ziam in the beginning and then determined they were bros cuz they’re dynamic suggested it was more companion-like. Zerrie we thought was feasible based on surface deep uniqueness. Once we looked closer though we thought Perrie was just an obnoxious gf. We thought it was completely possible that zerrie met thru management, was dating, and being played up to promote LM. After zayn left we determined that zerrie was probs fake because it seemed WAY too dramatic to not. As for Sophia, at the beginning we thought it was weird that she came out of nowhere and they seemed miserable together. But as time went on it seemed possible that they wanted to be private with occasional shout outs and media coverage, cuz like, one direction. I’m explaining this because I read a post where you thought it was weird that people didn’t recognize fake relationships… With your help, (along with other sources/PR CONVOS with people) we were able to verify our suspicions about one direction’s gfs and I wanted to thank you for your role in that. Thank you very much
Hi Anonymous. Firstly, thank you very much for the lovely words—I do appreciate it. And thank you for sharing your journey through uncovering the fakeness that is the M!M Beard Parade. I am pleased if I help anyone see through the ugly farces that are Harry’s winter beards, Elounor, Zerrie and Sophiam.
I find different peoples’ reactions to the beards absolutely fascinating, when I don’t find them upsetting and disappointing, i.e. beard worship.
Me, personally—I never needed a masterpost to tell me Larry was real even before I became a fan, so I figured Harry’s winter girlfriends and Elounor were fake by default. When I finally sat down to learn the particulars that proved that Elounor was fake, I was not too shocked. It confirmed what I already knew. The details were just more lurid and disturbing.
I was nowhere near as PR and media saavy back then as many of us Larry/Ziam bloggers are now—being in the Larry/Ziam side of the One Direction fandom really does teach you a lot, no? But I did know enough to know that bearding, staged relationships and media lies are a thing. So I thought Zerrie was suspicious for the same reasons you did: it was too dramatic and it kept showing up on gossip websites even though it was so horrifying and embarrassing. Payzer 2.0 was such a flaming hot mess that I thought it had to be either staged or extremely dysfunctional. Sophiam just looked uncute and awkward because Liam always looked bored, miserable or trying too hard, so I assumed it was real and imagined that they were unhappy together and that Liam had terrible taste in women.
What makes me sad is that people really do look up to these “relationships” as their “mom” and “dad” and their “goals.” They are not. They are sad, ugly semblances of relationships. They are oppressive charades that hide real relationships simply because they involve two men. Thank God that Zerrie and Sophiam are fake, because if they were real I’d be praying for Zayn, Liam, Sophia and Perrie.
This was before I got more into the band and learned what was up. When I noticed Ziam and looked a bit more into it, the pieces all fell into place because when they aren’t trying to hide it, and even when they are, Ziam looks like a real relationship. So I was like, “oh, no wonder Zerrie and Sophiam look so unhappy and contrived—they are.” Talk about goals.