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Pairing: Harry Styles/Taylor Swift
Alternative name(s): Haylor
Gender category: Het, M/F
Fandom: One Direction, Taylor Swift RPF
Canonical?: Yes
Prevalence: Rare
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Haylor is the pairing name for the whirlwind romance between One Direction bandmember Harry Styles and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The pair began dating in late 2012, before breaking up while on holiday together in the Virgin Islands in January 2013. It has been rumoured and implied by Taylor herself that their relationship was tentative, tumultuous, passionate but ultimately not built to last[1]. Full timeline with pictures, dates and links can be found here or here

Documented highlights of the relationship include a walking first date in Central Park [2], Harry giving Taylor his airplane necklace [3], the two of them being in a snowmobile accident while on holiday together [4], Taylor going home to Harry's hometown [5], and countless others.

Many of these moments would later be referenced in Harry and Taylor's songs and music videos. As Taylor says in one video discussing the song "Out Of The Woods," "the number one feeling I felt in that whole relationship was anxiety because it felt very fragile and tentative and like, okay, what's the next roadblock, how long do we have before this turns into an awful mess and we just break up." [6] This unease and vulnerability permeates every song rumoured to be written about Harry: for example "Style," "Out Of The Woods," "Wildest Dreams." The "Out Of The Woods" video features the paper airplane necklace he gave her; the coyly named "Style" features a young man with tattoos and dark, curly hair.

Although Harry has been relatively tight-lipped about their relationship (the one exception being his 2017 interview with Rolling Stone magazine), he has responded with two songs of his own: One Direction's "Perfect," which includes the lines "If you like cameras flashing everytime we walk by / If you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs about / Baby I'm perfect," and his solo song "Two Ghosts" which makes direct references to lyrics from "Out of The Woods" and "Style."

It could be argued[7] that their dialogue has continued on Taylor's latest release, "Well if he's a ghost, then, I can be a phantom holding him for ransom" from Ready For It.



Haylor fic often focuses on the tragic nature of their romance, on two characters who care for each other but are torn apart by their youth/inexperience, circumstance or inability to commit. Sometimes Haylor appears in fics that are endgame Larry Stylinson or Gryles.

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  1. ^ Out of The Woods, performance at the Grammy Museum, 2015
  2. ^ Harry Styles and Taylor Swift Rendezvous in Central Park, US Magazine, 2012
  3. ^ Here'sHere's Harry Styles' Paper Plane Necklace Taylor Swift Is Singing About, Buzzfeed, 2014
  4. ^ Ouch! Harry Styles smiles through the pain as he displays bandaged chin following skiing injury, Daily Mail, 2012
  5. ^ Taylor Swift to romantic birthday meal at Cheshire pub after 'spending £1000 on her gifts', Daily Mail, 2012
  6. ^ Out of The Woods, performance at the Grammy Museum, 2015
  7. ^ Taylor Swift Releases New Song and Its Definitely Maybe About Harry Styles, Vogue, 2017
  8. ^ archived