While you were enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon watching football or practicing your Les Miserables sing-along for Christmas Day, Taylor Swift was crushing the hopes and dreams of many a Directioner. Yes, friends, there was a Haylor (Tarry?) sighting in New York, and Twitter will never be the same. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles were spotted strolling through New York's Central Park yesterday afternoon, looking picture perfect in weather-appropriate accessories and holding an adorable baby they seemed to have rented just for the photo opp. Kidding—we think. According to MTV, the cute child belongs to Harry's stylist Lou Teasdale and her fiance, Tom Atkin, who joined the kiddos for their day at the park.
The day date comes after weeks of speculation that Taylor has begun again with the One Direction heartthrob, following her October split from (yet another 18-year-old) Conor Kennedy. Is this evidence that she's not wasting any time researching for her next album, or is she simply trying to make rehearsals for Z100's Jingle Ball less awkward?
Is this all to make Conor jealous? We've told you time and again, Tay. Ethel's approval is all that matters.
There's no visible PDA to be seen, or any evidence that Harry's finger has ever grazed so much as Taylor's elbow. The two also visited the Central Park Zoo, where fellow animal lovers didn't so much as bat an eye at the photogenic maybe-couple. Harry's hair is hidden under that hat, but we'd recognize Taylor's wonderstruck expressions and sweaters anywhere. And who knew that Harry was taller than the statuesque Taylor? Awaiting his stance on ladies in heels...
The Daily Mail has exclusive video of their tankside chat, sans audible conversation. What could they be talking about?! Israel, duh.
As expected, such a public outing from two of pop's most powerful invokes all sorts of reactions—sadness, panic, confusion, anger and depression among the most frequent.
Harry styles and Taylor swift...? you've got to be kidding me— rad gal (@sen16rgirlprobs) December 3, 2012
Ok Harry Styles CANNOT date Taylor Swift. It just can't happen.— Natalie Futrell (@NatalieFutrell1) December 3, 2012
LUCKILY, THERE ARE A FEW TWITTER USERS CAPABLE OF FEELING HAPPY FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Harry styles and Taylor swift. What a great looking couple!— Andy Brown (@LawsonAndy) December 3, 2012
Taylor Swift is the best thing that ever happened to Harry Styles so directioners shut up and learn to respect her.— rike ☆ / nsfr (@afraidofalling) December 3, 2012
AS WELL AS THOSE WHO LOVE TO COOK UP CONSPIRACY THEORIES
lol Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are not dating, it's obviously a publicity stunt.— Keeks (@Keeks_Mc1)December 3, 2012
AND OF COURSE, THE BUDDING COMEDIANS LOOKING TO MAKE A JOKE FROM IT ALL
Taylor Swift dating Harry Styles... I can't wait to hear her new song "Going in the Wrong Direction"— 오리뵈으 (@OliviaLeaa) December 3, 2012
This is serious stuff! If it's true, and Harry's wild mane has finally been tamed by an even more famous lady, who is Niall supposed to hang out with? We'll psychoanalyzing whether or not Taylor is chasing a high school dream, getting her self wrapped up in boys who are likely not looking to commit, until there's more substantial confirmation (Twitter flirtation and/or a recorded duet, followed by a trip to a cafe). So close, Ed Sheeran. So very close.
As for the rumors that Taylor will be joining One Direction during their Madison Square Garden show tonight, she's scheduled to be honored at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner. It's nearby, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and Alec Baldwin, 2012's soldier of love, is also scheduled to attend. We're sure the family of her former boyfriend will understand if she has to leave early to take a new romance public.
In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.