One Direction’s Harry Styles has a new best friend: Nick Grimshaw, the BBC Radio 1 DJ who has become inseparable from Styles ever since One Direction went on a break from touring in July 2012.
Styles, 18, and Grimshaw, 28, have been spending an intense amount of time together in London, day and night, several times a week. They’ve been partying together in nightclubs and bars, going to each other’s homes, and generally spending more time with each other than they do with any women in their lives. Grimshaw and Styles were close friends before the summer of 2012, but now they have become each other’s best friend. In August 2012, Grimshaw publicly confirmed rumors that he is gay.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, 20, used to be Styles’ best friend, but things have now clearly changed. Tomlinson has been spending most of his free time with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder (a 20-year-old student at the University of Manchester) and staying away from the London nightclub/party scene that Styles has fully embraced.
Tomlinson and Styles met when they were contestants on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010. In July 2010, their lives changed when Styles, Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan were rejected as solo singers but then put together in a group by Simon Cowell and other “X Factor” decision makers. That group would become One Direction. Styles and Tomlinson became close soon after One Direction became a group. It wasn’t long before Tomlinson and Styles began saying in interviews that they were best friends.
For more than a year, Styles and Tomlinson lived together and often shared a hotel room together, which predictably led to rumors that the two were secret gay lovers. Tomlinson has vehemently denied that he and Styles are romantically involved with each other, while Styles has refused to confirm or deny the rumor when he is asked about it in interviews.
Styles has also becoming increasingly vague with the media about his love life overall, since he tries to avoid answering questions about whom he might be dating. He has been romantically linked to several women, most notably “The Xtra Factor” co-host Caroline Flack, whom he dated from October 2011 to January 2012. Grimshaw (whose nickname is Grimmy) is also a close friend of Flack’s. The guys in One Direction have described Styles as the biggest flirt/ladies’ man in One Direction. Styles has said in many interviews that he is single and available. Grimshaw has also said he is single and available.
In 2012, Styles and Tomlinson bought their own places. Since they no longer live together, it seems like the most time they spend together these days is when they are working, because in their free time, they hang out with other people. This was evident when all of the One Direction guys except Malik went to the 2012 V Festival on August 18 and August 19 in Chelmsford, England. Tomlinson and Calder stuck together throughout the event, while Styles hung out with his own group of friends (mostly guys), including Grimshaw.
There are many One Direction fans who adamantly believe that Styles and Tomlinson are secret gay lovers who are afraid to go public with their romance out of fear that it will ruin One Direction’s career. Many other One Direction fans think this belief is utter nonsense and say that Styles is not gay and that the romance between Tomlinson and Calder is real. It’s an ongoing debate that has divided many One Direction fans.
Whatever fans believe, it can’t be denied that when it comes to the people Styles is choosing to spend most of his free time with these days, Grimshaw is at the top of the list. One Direction has become so popular that the members of the group are constantly followed by paparazzi and many fans when they go out in public. If Styles is having secret sexual trysts with Tomlinson, the two of them have been able to hide it from all the paparazzi and fans who follow practically their every move when Styles or Tomlinson leave their homes to go somewhere.
So why is Grimshaw, a 28-year-old man, spending so much time with an 18-year-old guy? Styles has already shown that he’s comfortable hanging out with people who are much older than he is, since Flack is 15 years older than Styles. But people are wondering if Grimshaw would be getting so close Styles if Styles weren’t a world-famous pop star. We’ll never know because Grimshaw met Styles after One Direction was already well-known in Great Britain because of “The X Factor.” But it’s clear that Grimshaw has gotten closer to Styles as One Direction has become more famous.
In May 2012, when Styles was a guest on Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show, they played a prank on a their mutual friend Sam Teasdale, the sister of One Direction’s hair stylist/makeup artist Lou Teasdale. They called Sam up without her knowing at the time that she was on the air. Grimshaw told Sam that he was secretly in love with Styles and didn’t know how to tell him but that he thought his romantic feelings toward Styles may be mutual. Instead of being surprised, Sam seemed very uncomfortable, and she told Grimshaw that he should talk to Lou about it. In another prank call during that radio session, Styles confessed to a female friend that he likes to wear women’s tights underneath his trousers. She didn’t seem surprised either.
In July 2012, Styles went house hunting in London’s Primrose Hill neighborhood, where Grimshaw lives. Styles also been spending a lot of time with Grimshaw in the neighborhood.
There were rumors that Grimshaw was dating fashion designer Henry Holland, who is also openly gay. Grimshaw has not commented on whether or not he has been romantically involved with Holland. As of July 2012, Grimshaw has been spending much of his free time with Styles.
TV viewers will get to see what Grimshaw and Styles are like together at the 2012 BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, which take place on October 7 at London’s Wembley Arena. Grimshaw is hosting the show, and One Direction is performing at the event. Styles and Grimshaw will no doubt be partying together after the event.
Now that Grimshaw has become Styles’ new best friend around the same time that Grimshaw has come out as gay, he better get used to the scrutiny and attention from the media and fans. It happens to anyone who is very close to any of the guys in One Direction.