Is Taylor Swift is ready to share her latest romance with the world?
After being spotted holding hands on the set of “The X Factor” last month, the 22-year-old “Red” singer and One Direction’s Harry Styles, 18, were photographed together for the first time on Sunday. Looking cozy and comfortable with one another, the young Hollywood stars strolled through Manhattan’s Central Park with friends. While there, they visited the Central Park Zoo — and Swift was appropriately dressed for the animal-friendly afternoon, wearing a sweater with a fox on it.
Swift and Styles were accompanied by his hairstylist, Lou Teasdale, her fiancé, Tom Atkin from the indie rock band The Paddingtons, and their daughter, Lux. Both Swift and Styles were very attentive to the 1-year-old girl. The boy bander held her hand as they walked at one point. At the zoo, Swift had Lux on her lap while they watched a seal show. The scene gave us flashbacks to when Swift was photographed playing with Jake Gyllenhaal’s niece days after they started dating back in 2010.
It seems that Swift and Styles are happy to share their budding romance with the world — or else they probably wouldn’t have visited Central Park together. In the fall, an average of 175,000 people visit the 843-acre urban park in a given day, according the Central Park website. And no matter which season it is, Sunday is always the most popular day for visitors.
And they didn’t exactly fly under the radar. “JUST MADE EYE CONTACT WITH TAYLOR SWIFT IN CENTRAL PARK AND SHE WAS ON A DATE WITH HARRY STYLES FROM ONE DIRECTION,” tweeted Kristen Holly. Meanwhile, Maria Xing wrote, “Um I just saw Harry Styles and Taylor Swift walking together in Central Park.”
Swift has pulled in big bucks writing hit songs about her love life, so her relationship status is always big news. Up until late October, she was in a relationship with another 18-year-old — Conor Kennedy. Soon after that fizzled (he’s still in high school, after all), Mario Lopez said on his 104.3 MY FM radio show that he saw Swift and Styles holding hands backstage on “The X Factor” set. This marks the first time they have been photographed together since they reportedly started dating.
Swift isn’t just in NYC to visit Styles. On Monday night she will attend the Robert F. Kennedy Center’s Ripple of Hope Holiday Gala, where she will be honored by her ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy. Although Swift ended her relationship with Conor, she has remained close with Kennedy family, which is a good thing considering the country singer recently purchased a home across the street from their famed compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
No word on whether Swift will bring Styles as her date to the Kennedy gala. It seems unlikely — how awkward would it be if Conor was there too? — but you never know.