A quick question about the Gryles thing because I'm genuinely curious: I thought the point was that TPTB were so homophobic that they would go to ridiculous lengths to keep H/L closeted, so why would they be ok with Harry being thought to be in a relationship with an older man? Like, why would they literally plant stories about that but closet H/L so viciously that they literally haven't been seen together outside of work engagements for upwards of 5 years and Louis has to fake a baby?
No, it’s been over-simplified in the telling. They were catering to a presumed homophobic fanbase, their personal opinion about homosexuality is unknown except to the extent that they don’t believe it will “sell” to the target demographic.
But behind the scenes, in industry spaces where Harry & Louis were seen off camera, they both are easily read as gay and together. So what 1DHQ (Modest, Syco, Simon Jones PR) did to combat bts discussion of their relationship is create a diversion. Several diversions in fact.
And the #1 diversion early on is that they told people that work in the industry that Harry was with Nick. They also told people that would see Harry & Louis behaving like a couple that they broke up, hooked up, were on-and-off, casual flings, etc. Anything to make people doubt that they were in a current, monogamous relationship.
A good friend of mine had dinner with someone from BBC Radio One a few months ago and my friend was flat out told that Nick and Harry used to date. My friend, a major Larrie, was taken aback. Then she asked if the person had ever seen anything proving that, she was told no. Were there any detailed first hand reports of anything, kissing, hand-holding, intimate moments? Nope, none of that. Just chatter around the office.
That 100% backs up what @diggingandfluff was told about what people were told at industry events, that they all got different stories about Harry & Louis and the only way they found out the stories weren’t true is when they compared them and realized that it was inconsistent and didn’t add up.
So to my mind, that’s where the majority of the relentless Gryles shipping came from. People were told by industry sources that they were together. So, annoying as it is/was, it was a “reliable source.”
But when you look at all of the other stories, plus everything we’ve seen and heard since then, you realize that it was a coordinated campaign.
Anyone but Louis.