First pictures of pop's hottest new couple: Harry Styles and 'girlfriend' Taylor Swift
03 DECEMBER 2012
This could be pop music's hottest new couple – if the romance reports turn out to be true. Harry Styles and Taylor Swift put more fuel on the fire of romance reports by stepping out together in New York.
The One Direction singer and the US pop superstar - who were first linked after they were spotted looking friendly on the US X Factor - were seen strolling through the Big Apple together at the weekend. And though there were no big displays of affection, it was clear the pair are getting to know each other a little better.
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Harry and Taylor visited the Central Park Zoo with Harry's stylist Lou Teasdale, her fiancé Tom and their baby Lux. The pair were snapped to each other and talking, with Love Story singer Taylor at one point holding the baby.
A source told E! News: "Harry and Taylor were walking next to each other. They seemed happy to be together, talking and smiling. Taylor seemed to be in a great mood. Lou and Tom were walking next to them and pushing their baby Lux in a stroller."
X Factor host Mario Lopez started rumours the pair are an item when he said he saw the singers "walking hand-in-hand" backstage last month. The TV presenter – who shares hosting duties with Khloe Kardashian - told listeners of his 104.3 MY FM radio show: "Taylor Swift was the special guest performer, and [here's] a little inside scoop for you.
'During rehearsals, Harry from One Direction came and slapped me on the back, and said, "Hey, Mario, how ya doing?" And I said, "What are you doing here?" And he sort of [pointed] toward Taylor… So Taylor Swift and Harry from One Direction - you heard it here first. [They're] officially hanging out, I can say that much."
The singers had first run into each other backstage during rehearsals for their performances (pictured below) which onlookers said turned into a "flirt fest" The official US X Factor Twitter page recaunted the romantic vibe, tweeting: "Together in the lunch line (Cheeseburgers) laughing & smiling was @Harry_Styles & @taylorswift13! :) #internationalpoproyalty."
Since then, there have been reports that Taylor wants to buy a home in the UK to be closer to Harry. The 22-year-old, who recently split from Conor Kennedy and who has previously dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal and singer Joe Jonas, was said to be looking at properties in London. It has also been reported that Harry wants to introduce Taylor to his parents at the band's upcoming Christmas party in New York.
However there are conflicting US reports that suggest Taylor's heart is not really in the romance, and she is just deliberately not denying the rumours the pair are dating in an effort to show her ex Conor what he's missing. A source told US website Hollywoodlife: "In reality, she actually wants Conor and is just doing this to 'Wear the pants in the situation.' She has no interest in making the Harry thing work."