Get ready for some major tea to be spilled, people, because Hailee Steinfeld just teased her new single, and fans are convinced it’s going to be about her ex-boyfriend Niall Horan! Yep, the new track, called “Wrong Direction,” comes out on Friday, January 1, and it sounds like it’s going to be juicy! The 23-year-old announced the upcoming tune via Twitter on Sunday, December 29.
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) December 30, 2019
Although she’s yet to confirm everything, rumors quickly started spreading that the song was inspired by her relationship with the “Slow Hands” crooner. Why? Well, since he was in a band called One Direction, the title of the song (get it — “Wrong Direction?”) caught everyone’s attention. But unfortunately, fans are going to have to wait until it drops to find out for sure.
For those who forgot, the two stars first got close when they both performed on the Jingle Ball Tour in 2017, and they first sparked dating rumors in February 2018 when they were caught getting pretty cozy at a Backstreet Boys concert. They tried to keep things on the down-low, but a few months later, there was no denying that they were an item. The Pitch Perfect 2 star and the singer were spotted partying it up together in the Bahamas in April and get this — Niall even flew all the way to NYC to see the actress during his 3-day break from tour in July. If taking trips around the globe to see each other wasn’t proof enough, they finally confirmed their love when they were caught kissing in Disneyland that August.
Everyone was living for the relationship, but in December 2018, fans were shocked when news hit the web that they had reportedly gone their separate ways.
“Hailee and Niall were going strong over the summer but split a few months ago and have been trying to keep it low-key,” a source told E! News. “Hailee realized she had a lot on her plate and her work schedule was insanely busy. She was gearing up for a huge press tour for her new movie. They really tried to make it work. It definitely was ‘young love.’”
And it definitely seemed like it didn’t end well. Hailee seemingly shaded the singer multiple times on her Instagram Stories after their break up, and she even allegedly called him a narcissist! Ouch. The 1D heartthrob later opened up about the relationship while discussing the inspiration behind his upcoming album.
“It was a sad time,” he said of his split from Hailee. “That’s where most of these songs have come out of.”
Yep, Niall has already confirmed that most of the songs on his new LP are about his ex-girlfriend.
“I have stuff that I want to write about on my mind all the time. I had just gone through a break up, which helps when it comes to writing songs, I guess. It helps vent the emotions,” he told Billboard. “Going through heartbreak helped write the ballads, even some of the happy songs — the sad songs that are dressed up as happy songs sometimes.”
“When I was writing this album I tried to get all the feelings that you have after a break up,” the 26-year-old also revealed to Entertainment Tonight Canada. “If that’s my center point. Then I can just write different songs around that. That’s the kind of idea I was doing. Like some nights you feel like you wanna go out with your friends and wreck the place. And then like other days you’re really sad.”
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