A confusing hashtag on Twitter has been a top trend on the site for a while: #StopToControlLarry.
The grammatically poor trend has to do with One Direction’s fanbase.
Apparently, there’s a sub-section of fans of popular group that believe Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are in some kind of relationship. They’re known as the “Larry Shippers.” Other fans say they’re supporting of Tomlinson’s relationship with Eleanor Calder.
For his part, Tomlinson tweeted to a journalist with The Independent publication on Monday: “@JennSelby The fact that you work for such a ‘credible’ paper and you would talk such rubbish is laughable. I am in fact straight.”
“@JennSelby Google ‘original apple logo’ and you will see the one printed on my shirt that you reported on. Trying to look for a promotion ?” he added.
Tomlinson added that it was “[expletive] ridiculous I even have to tweet that [expletive].”
On Monday, Twitter users were tweeting about it–with most being confused about what it actually means.
“Honestly everybody needs to stop fighting and just be happy for Louis! Can’t you respect his choices!? #StopToControlLarry,” one person said.
Added another: “I feel it in my bones Lou is upset now because of this #StopToControlLarry #stoptrending.”
A year ago, there were rumors that 42 fans committed suicide over the rumors.
“After some investigation, we were only able to find the Twitter accounts of three fans who are alleged to have taken their own lives: @LovinLarry17, @larrystylincum_, and @harryisatwerk. But while none of these three fans have tweeted in the past twelve hours, there’s nothing to suggest that this isn’t a case of ‘pseuicide’ (‘killing’ or deleting an online persona), a phenomenon that one sees fairly often in online fandom,” said the Daily Dot (via HollywoodLife) last year.