Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are not in a relationship and probably never have been, but that hasn't stopped One Direction fans from imagining the two "Perfect" singer together, and the popular pairing has now topped Tumblr's list of the "Most Reblogged Ships" of 2015.
For those not akin to Internet fandoms and lingo, a "ship" is a real or imagined relationship between two people (once again, real or imagined) that fans latch on to. The very idea that Styles and Tomlinson could be a couple, under the ship name Larry Stylinson, was the most popular imagined relationship on Tumblr over the past 12 years.
Even news of Tomlinson having a baby with a woman, who is very much not Harry Styles, couldn't detour Larry shippers. The coupling topped other popular imagined ships between characters on Supernatural, The Legend of Korra and Sherlock.
Larry shippers have been so ruthless that it has appeantley impacted the real-life relationship between the 1D bandmates. In his in-depth Fader cover story earlier this year, former One Direction singer Zayn Malik said that there are no relationships within the boy band and that fans' passions about Larry mean the two cannot act comfortably around one another. "They won't naturally go put their arm around each other because they're conscious of this thing that's going on, which is not even true. They won't do that natural behavior. But it's just the way the fans are. They're so passionate, and once they get their head around an idea, that's the way it is regardless of anything," he said.
Larry Stylinson wasn't the only One Direction ship to make Tumblr's list. The pairing of Zayn Malik and Liam Payne, a.k.a. "Ziam" made the list at No. 18, just one notch above "Narry" (Niall Horan and Harry Styles) at No. 19.