Speaking to Vox via email, the blog's author — known on the web only as SAO — said she was shocked when she realized they weren't actually a couple: I saw their video for "Best Song Ever" and really liked the song, so it was only by chance that after the video ended on You Tube one of the suggested videos was about Larry Stylinson and when I watched it I was like, "Oh, cute - two of them are together. " I just thought it was common knowledge and that, from their behavior, they were clearly out as a couple.
THEN I realized that wasn't the case and basically that is when I began to look deeper into what was going on.
A pair of 22-year-olds from Texas, the two met a few years ago at a concert, bonded over their love of the same bands, and have been best friends ever since.
These days they go to shows together about three times a week.
I basically absorbed all the information about Larry and One Direction humanly possible in a weekend, including blogs and videos with arguments that Larry wasn't real and at the end of it all I just looked at things that were unexplainable for both outcomes and there was a lot more that couldn't be explained if you accept that Larry is not real.
Because the Larry ship is so huge within the One Direction fandom, the list of exhaustive, detailed manifestos full of signs that Styles and Tomlinson are in love is virtually endless.
If I ship Glee's Kurt and Blaine, I say I ship Klaine.
The ship name is a huge part of how people self-identify in fandom.One Direction's members have always enjoyed an easy physical intimacy, but fans decided soon after the band hit it big in 2010 that these two were special.Indeed, the internet is teeming with Larries — as Directioners who ship Larry often refer to themselves — who've spent years chronicling every microgesture and millisecond of the way Styles and Tomlinson interact with each other: In the band's early years, Styles spoke openly about the "Larry Stylinson" label and said that he and Tomlinson had talked about moving in together later in life due to their friendship.If you combine the names "Harry" and "Louis," you get "Larry." If you combine the names "Styles" and "Tomlinson," you get "Stylinson." Thus, the internet's biggest boy band ship name is "Larry Stylinson," or just Larry for short.Styles and Tomlinson have, or at the least used to have, a very obvious friendship.The following video in particular has long been known as the Larry "bible" — a compilation of evidence of their love for each other that's so compelling that many fans believe you can't come away from it unconvinced: Courtney and Jorie told Vox unequivocally that the Larry ship had brought them closer together and given them a community of friends.