lISTEN i don’t know or care whether or not liam and zayn are secretly dating or whatever. all i know is that to be in love with someone you don’t have to be dating them - even if that’s mildly unconventional.
what i believe and what i understand from watching zayn and liam interact is that they love each other - a lot. it’s always been there. they’ve always had a bond that’s stronger than what they individually have with the other boys. it doesn’t hold the same flamboyancy as harry and louis’ friendship/relationship (whatever you wish to believe larry share). it’s more a toned down, fond and discrete sort of love. a love that takes time to build but is inherently strong. a love that won’t break over time. a bond that creates a ground of mutual dependency between the two people; that they come to heavily rely upon, but don’t seek out at all times. a bond that’s shared with soft touches and giddy smiles and affection written literally all over their features. a love that doesn’t take as many words to be recognised so much as what they convey with a look.
i also feel that zayn and liam share factors in common the other boys don’t - and won’t - understand. zayn and liam are both pretty geeky - probably find solace in one another watching batman or the avengers or reading that vintage comic they asked a security guy to sneak out and pick up the other day together under the blankets. they’re both quirky in their sense of humour. they’re both quiet when they wish to be and loud when they see fit. i think they both bottle things up and keep emotions to themselves. and when those emotions bubble over - they’d be there for each other for comfort and love and that constant reminder that they’re right by each other’s sides through this journey they’re on. that’s love.
did you notice that during 1DDay zayn just gravitated toward liam? as if it was almost second nature, as if he was almost scared to be away from liam for too long. that is love. and that’s strong. zayn didn’t do that in his hour with louis. zayn knew straight away being blindfolded when he was touching liam as opposed to when it took him plenty of time to identify other people. how zayn hates crowds and being on the spot - and was clearly put off at times during the stream - but with a single touch from liam, zayn was calmed slightly (and the fact that liam so deftly picked up on zayn’s mood is love). how zayn literally sat right up against liam’s side on the couch - and that was where he was most comfortable the entire hour.
and look. that’s just me talking about 1DDay. imagine if i pulled out the heap tonne of masterposts i like looking over to see the way liam turns to a giggly mess whenever zayn so much as stares at him the right way. how zayn doesn’t load his eyes with a look that screams ‘fond’ whenever he looks at the other boys - compared to how he looks at liam (as if liam has hung the moon and stars with his bare hands). how they can express love with a single touch (and how often zayn puts himself in a position to be touched by liam). how zayn cradles the back of liam’s neck whenever he embraces him as if he has to reassure til the very last second that he loves liam. how they both trust each other so wholesomely. and, i already said so, but how they just gravitate towards one another. it’s magnetic and it’s beautiful.
this turned into a rant and i’m not even sorry. so, anon, to answer your question. i don’t know whether or not i think zayn and liam are dating. i do heavily believe, however, that they share a love much bigger than anything i’ve seen before. and if i ever find someone who stares at me the way those boys stare at each other, i’d wanna stick with that person.