Well, this is awkward. I've never retroactively shipped a real-life couple together before. As just about everyone knows by now, Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" was about Harry Styles, whom she dated in 2013. "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her Red album was rumored to be about him as well, but it was nowhere near as explicit about it as "Out of the Woods" is. Now I have the kind of news that will shake you to your core. Apparently, allegedly, Styles wrote a song about Swift right back. And, far from being any kind of revenge song, it's actually the sweetest thing I've ever heard.
The song is called "I Love You" (awww) and Styles, budding songwriter that he is, wrote it for a band called Alex & Sierra. Perez Hilton confirmed through anonymous sources that Styles wrote this song about Swift, and if that story is actually true, then it may have taken them months, but they are having a more amicable breakup than even Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Swift's "Out of the Woods" was perhaps the kindest breakup song she's ever explicitly written about any one ex-boyfriend and Styles' "I Love You" is similarly reflective and, dare I say, fond? The end result of all this is that I am aggressively shipping Haylor, even though I know that they are never, ever, ever getting back together.
Between the two songs, I'm learning more about Swift and Styles' relationship than I ever did when new pictures of them were hitting the Internet every other week. Which is probably why I suddenly wish I hadn't missed that party while it was still going on. If Styles really did write "I Love You" about Swift, then here are nine things we know about #haylor based on the two songs.
1. They danced in empty rooms.
According to "Out of the Woods," they even went as far as to move the furniture so they could dance around the room together. I imagine it looked a lot like Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" music video except a lot less coordinated.
2. They're really obsessed with mornings.
In "Out of the Woods," Swift mentions that when the sun came up, they were looking at each other. In "I Love You," Styles writes that he fell in love with the morning sun. Did they have a lot of early morning phone calls or something? Did he ask her out while they were getting Starbucks coffee? Why do you both mention the rising sun, guys?
3. Styles cared about her a lot.
The whole chorus of "I Love You" is devoted to Styles repeating that he loved Swift more than she thinks he does. Maybe he didn't express that very well during their relationship and feels the need to air it all now. Maybe he feels bad about the way that they ended and wants her to know it was never because he doesn't care about her. Either way, I melt.
4. She probably knows that now.
Like I said, "Out of the Woods" is the most positive breakup song that Swift has ever written. In it, she says that she sees now that the "monsters" in their relationship weren't really there at all and that he was always looking at her. From that, I can only assume that she's aware of how much he cared about her now.
5. Styles was also trouble.
Even if you don't believe that Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" was written about him, "I Love You" explicitly mentions the line "I won't trouble you no more." Hmmm...
6. They got into a snowmobile accident.
According to "Out of the Woods," anyway. I'd love to hear more about this.
7. The timing wasn't right for them.
In "Out of the Woods," Swift admits that she set him free when things got too hard only to later realize that their troubles weren't as bad as she imagined and that he cared more than she realized. In "I Love You," Styles writes, "Maybe if I got my timing right I wouldn't end up alone." Clearly this was a tragic romance.
8. They liked lying down a lot.
Swift talks about lying down on his couch and Styles talks about lying down on the soft, warm ground. You know what I hear? Shameless cuddle bugs, the both of them.
9. They inspire each other.
We got two (possibly three, if "I Knew You Were Trouble" counts) new songs about their former relationship. Clearly they're each other's muse. Even if you don't believe "I Love You" was about Swift at all, even if you don't want them to get back together, you have to admit that stories like this prove that they're doing the amicable exes thing well.