In an ideal world, someone would create a comprehensive list of the times we’ve seen Louis with a cigarette. And then we could look at the circumstances of each instance – has he been papped with lit cigarettes, or only unlit ones? The times when his cigarettes were lit, did he know he was being photographed? Can we tell if he inhaled?
I’m not suggesting that Louis’s never smoked a cigarette – but I do wonder if he does it far less frequently than the fandom is led to believe.
It’s part of Louis’s public image – he’s the casual, Vans-wearing, athletic, laddy skater boy. Smoking fits right in. And so I’m interested in knowing how much the smoking thing is genuine and how much it’s a constructed part of what they merely want us to believe is genuine.
And oh my god, if nothing else, how many times have you seen people say, “Harry would never date a smoker! He’s so healthy! Also asthma!!!!11!!1”
Never stop questioning their public images.