Did One Direction sign up a new member while on hiatus? The online buzz hints at someone named Larry Stylinson. Could he be Zayn Malik’s replacement? Many would likely want to know, who is Larry Stylinson? However, perhaps the better question would be, what is Larry Stylinson?

Surprisingly, the identity Larry Stylinson is not new to One Direction fans. Diehard fans of the boy band would likely be familiar with what Vox described as the “internet’s most fascinating and convoluted conspiracy theories” of all time.

As it turns out, Larry Stylinson is a play on the names of two One Direction members, specifically, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. It was born out of the belief by their fans that they are in love with each other, the publication revealed.

The theory is reminiscent of how fans label their favourite imaginary relationships. Hence, the combination of their names Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson created “Larry Stylinson” or “Larry” for short. Vox dubbed it as the “internet’s biggest boy band ship name.”

Apparently, it’s existed ever since 2010 when One Direction became famous. Fans who follow it are referred to as “Larries”. They chronicle every interaction between these two 1D members. A 2011 tweet of Tomlinson to Styles fuelled rumours of their alleged relationship further.

One Direction members have consistently denied “Larry’s” existence, the Inquisitr reported. Unfortunately, all their efforts to “kill him” have been in vain. The publication even unearthed an old clip wherein they denied him.

Though he’s left One Direction, Zayn Malik defended the group versus fan theories such as “Larry Stylinson,” Fader reported. Malik understood how passionate fans could be. Though the same passion helped catapult the group to stardom, it also made it hard for the group to interact with one another freely.

“There’s no secret relationships going on with any of the band members,” he said. “It’s not funny, and it still continues to be quite hard for them. They won’t naturally go put their arm around each other because they’re conscious of this thing that’s going on, which is not even true. They won’t do that natural behaviour. But it’s just the way the fans are. They’re so passionate, and once they get their head around an idea, that’s the way it is regardless of anything. If it wasn’t for that passionate, like, almost obsession, then we wouldn’t have the success that we had,” Malik explained.

Styles has been linked to Kendall Jenner time and again. Meanwhile, Tomlinson is busy with fatherhood and Danielle Campbell. Hence, they’re not likely a couple as others would want to believe.