papierklemmen wrote:i think their behavior is very explainable when you look at it from the "not dating" point of view though. they were obviously close friends who had no limits on how they expressed their affection for each other, everyone around them knew they were not a couple, their fans "shipping" them was just ridiculous fun - especially since even at the time they clarified anything that might have come off too "gay" , like when dan asked if phil wants to have an "interrobang" and phil said "not with you" etc., but with the leak that looked really suspicious they got an influx of fans who were actually tinhatting them to the point of compiling their past interactions into pdf files, "connecting the dots" and distributing it like legit proof. they got annoyed, scared and humiliated. yes, no matter how much someone supports lgbt+ rights, some men people can't handle very public speculations about their sexuality and try to put on a more macho and bro-like persona and decrease the interactions in an attempt to end the rumours. but it was obviously not their true self so it faded with time, and now we even can see them mocking the bro culture in their millionaire video.
if they are dating, then idk guys... then they must have gone through a rollercoaster of identity crises and i bet it wasn't pretty
(btw, i know nothing about 1D but i saw this quote about "larry" from their co-grouper and it sums up the same kind of situation pretty well)Referring to 'Larry Stylinson' - the make-believe joint name for members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, who Directioners have theorised are secretly in a romance - he said: 'There's no secret relationships going on with any of the band members.' The young star, who found fame on The X Factor with the other lads back in 2010, added that it caused problems for Louis and Harry, who couldn't even act like normal friends around each other.
'It's not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for them,' he added, showing a bit of sympathy for his former co-stars in an interview that otherwise was altogether more negative. '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.'
Honestly, I barely post, but you tend to make me wanna post more often. First of all, I don't know how you can look at their story and think 'nothing suggests there was ever anything else than friendship'. Like, how? Would you think the same way had they been a boy and a girl?
They clarified 'not being gay for each other'? lol when was that? when dan turned to phil to say he was wearing orange spotty boxers in amazingdan? Honestly I see nothing from their early interactions to even suggest they were making clear they were your typical bros. The interrobang comment you refer to was like 'your mum', and I'm sure you don't think dan really wanted to do phil's mum, do you?
Also, saying that someone that supports LGBT people would get offended at being called gay makes absolutely no sense to me. If you get offended at the thought that someone might think you are not straight, you are not exactly supportive, are you?
And finally, please stop comparing larry to phan. I've noticed you've done it a few times, probably to make phan shippers look like deluded moody teenagers that won't take a 'no' for an answer. Believe me, I knew nothing about fandoms before dan and phil, and it took me like 10 seconds of looking up larry to realise it had 0 chance of being a real thing. It's not heart eyes or casual touching that make people believe dan and phil might be in a relationship, it's the bigger picture.