now i wonder if any of this things of ziam we're seing is played up bromance :( :( :(
ziam stuff being “played up” to some extent doesn’t mean it’s not real. (lbr maybe they just can’t control themselves). I imagine most people reading this believe larry is real, and there’s so much larry did last tour, and during 2010 and 2011 that could be considered “played up” for much the same reasons.
What convinces me isn’t the “played up” stuff at all, it’s the subtle things we’re not supposed to notice, the times they stare at each other for a little too long or a little too thirstily, as well as a bunch of other things that fit into a long-term timeline. You can’t force or fake the ways they’ve looked at each other, or their jealousy/possessiveness the way you can fake over-the-top stagegay.
What this does tell me is that at least for now, their behavior is not being heavily controlled. This could change in the future- but it also might not, if fans/the media continue not to pick up on it. Larry didn’t used to be aggressively closeted until it became such a big deal in fan communities that interviewers were asking about it, so denials had to be issued. I think at least part of the reason for that is:
a.) Louis and Harry were really, really obvious, like far more than most people would be
b.) Harry gets all the attention, this fact is taken advantage of in a PR sense so he is given even more attention, by extension anyone Harry is rumored to be dating is given an excessive amount of attention - so larry rumors had to be actively suppressed. If Zayn and Liam continue to not attract a lot of attention (and they don’t really fans kinda ignore them mostly it confuses me? and for zayn he’s not ignored so much as people just talk about how “hot” he is and don’t dig deeper) no one will need to expend a lot of effort in controlling how they act.