OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles: Couple? Or a Couple of Friends?

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Taylor Swift is really friendly. And friendly people make good friends. So if my logic holds, Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles could very well just be friends. They’ve been seen hanging out a little bit, and a few (million) people seem to be jumping to the conclusion that they are in love. But remember the last time those people did that, when Swift was seen with Patrick Schwarzenegger last summer? They were not a couple, just friends. So even though Swift and Styles were together — but not together together, if you know what I mean — at the Central Park Zoo in New York City recently , that proves nothing. You don’t have to be an item to go to the zoo. Besides, if the two singers were truly a thing, they’d have been given a sweet blended nickname already. Like, Swyles. But until Swift comes forward and says otherwise, I’m going to assume she’s just friends with the shaggy-haired Englishman.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.