The 25-year-old singer opened up about the "Larry" shippers for the first time Friday as part of Bizarre's "Big Biz Quiz" video series. "Larry" is a reference to "Larry Stylinson," a mashup of Styles' and Tomlinson's names. The nickname was created by fans who've "shipped" ― or fantasized a romantic relationship between ― the two men.
Unfortunately for the shippers, the relationship is definitely not happening. "People can believe what they want to believe," Tomlinson said, "but I just think it comes across sometimes a little disrespectful to the ones that I love, like [girlfriend Eleanor Calder]. I think it's one of these things that people love to buy into, but in reality, obviously there's no truth to it. Obviously."
Watch Tomlinson speak about the rumors in the "Big Biz Quiz" clip below.
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While this may be the first time that Tomlinson spoke about the "Larry" speculation in any length, he previously blasted the buzz in a 2012 tweet.
Last September, he appeared to have used Instagram's moderating features to block his followers from using the word "Larry" in their comments on his photos. That didn't stop fans from posting variations of "Larry" on Tomlinson's Instagram account, including "Lerry" and "L arry," however. Others used the hashtag #FreeLarry.
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