While iconic celebrity friendship duos like Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are quite commonly known, others seem to fly under the radar until they publicly post about their friendship – and then we're all, "Wait, what? Do they even know each other?" Just take Niall Horan and Hailee Steinfeld, for example. Rumors are always swirling around these two, but even more speculation was recently sparked from a picture Hailee posted in a Niall Horan tee. So cute!
A source even confirmed to _E! News_ that they are, in fact, a couple – but until they confirm it themselves, we're not going to get too excited. "It's true that Hailee and Niall are dating, but at this point it's still pretty casual," the source [said](http://www.eonline.com/news/923518/here-s-proof-niall-horan-and-hailee-steinfeld-are-more-than-just-friends). While the two pop singers most likely run in somewhat similar circles, we didn't think they really had much of a relationship beyond, like, saying hi to each other at award shows and whatnot. Welp, it looks like we were all wrong. Turns out, Nialler and Hailz are super tight. So tight, in fact, that the two were just spotted having a grand old time together at a Backstreet Boys concert recently, which caught the public's eye.
So sure, they might be fueling dating rumors by hanging out. But before you get all excited about the pair, let it be known they're totally just friends. The proof is in Hailee's recent Snapchat photo showing her fingers intertwined with a mystery man's hand. And those aren't Niall's tattoos, you guys.
This isn't the first time the pair has had everyone wondering what the status of their relationship actually is. Fans also spotted the duo enjoying a night at the theater together in London when Niall and Hailee went to see Hamilton together at West End. Athey seemed to have a blast hanging out.
Imagine sitting next to Niall and Hailee while watching the epic show that is Hamilton? Too much to handle. Since Niall and Hailee are, you know, two extremely beautiful individuals, everyone is wondering if there is anything more to this friendship. Hailee was flat out asked by Us Weekly what the deal is with her and Niall and she basically explained she has every intention of keeping her private life to herself.
"I feel so lucky that [my fans] care enough about me to know what I’m doing every second of every day, but I think that sometimes it’s hard for people in general to realize that there are boundaries to a person’s life and personal life. I am a very private person. I do love that I have the opportunity to share with them what I’m comfortable with and they’re there to listen and support me," she said.
OK so yeah, didn't directly say "no we're not dating," but we think it's safe to say it's a no. But who knows, it's Hailee's personal life after all! Her brother Griffin though seems to have found himself getting involved in this too since fans shared screenshots of the comments section on his Instagram where people seem to be wanting confirmation and proof his little sister is dating Niall. Griffin made it clear that's not what he's here for and agrees with the idea that hey, two people can be just friends and not have anything romantic going on.
And let us never forget when Niall shared the oh so hilarious video on his Instagram story of Hailee totally not knowing the words to his jam, "Slow Hands."
"Can't believe you don't know the words to your best friend's song. I know all the words to every one of yours," Niall said to Hailee as she reminded him the tune had just come out then and she needed more time to learn. So Niall himself let us know these two are best friends, giving us yet another precious public display of friendship with that video. The 24-year-old cutie also dedicated an Instagram post to Hailee for her 21st birthday – and it was truly the sweetest message we ever did see. Okay sure, there's never a time Niall's pure soul isn't oozing kindness, but still. It was SO. FREAKING. GENUINE.
"Happy birthday to the loveliest person on the planet and one of my best friends @haileesteinfeld . Have no idea what the hell is going on in this photo. Love ya hails," Niall wrote on Instagram.
Ugh, how cute is he? So yeah, now you see why we're freaking out over here that we've all been sleeping on this friendship. It needs to be talked about more, and we're here to serve up some background info on these two. It appears as though their Twitter exchanges are limited. But the few interactions they did have were just lovely, really.
In October of 2016, Hailee gave Niall a shoutout for his song "This Town," and he tweeted back thanking her. Pretty standard celebrity Twitter convo, if you ask us. But could it be... they were they low-key besties at this time? Huh, our minds are blown.
Earlier this year when Niall took over Spotify's "Teen Party" playlist, Hailee was the lead image of the link he tweeted out. So naturally, she just had to respond – resulting in Niall teasing her, telling her she's a total geek.
So there you have it – the friendship pair you never knew you needed in life.
Watch: Niall Horan Sends Pizza to Fans
This post was originally published on Dec. 11, 2017, and has since been updated.