The band is teasing their bandmate more than Jepsen, but Jepsen hasn’t said whether the rumors are true or not.
Gee, the boys in One Direction sure like to gossip — or at least respond to gossip. The latest rumor is that member Niall Horan “slept with” Carly Rae Jepsen (hey, at least they keep their language G-rated). The band sat down with U.K. radio station Key 106, and Horan’s bandmates started teasing him about the so-called news, but he felt the need to defend himself.
“It’s all in the press in America that I slept with Carly Rae Jepsen,” he said, according to EntertainmentWise. “But I’ve never met her before.”
Bandmate Louis Tomlinson replied, “You did, though.”
“Why lie, Niall — you did,” said Zayn Malik, another bandmate.
Horan got very defensive then (and adorably hinted that the band does everything together), saying, “When have we ever met Carly Rae Jepsen?”
“You did — you just can’t remember,” Tomlinson kept teasing. “You were really drunk.”
Tomlinson has a reason to feel confident he won’t be teased back. He is currently dating Manchester University student Eleanor Calder, according to EntertainmentWise.
Horan was most recently rumored to be dating The X Factor judge Demi Lovato, so this new gossip could hurt his chances with her. But this isn’t the first time Jepsen’s name has come up within the band. In June, they were talking with a different radio station when Tomlinson started the rumor, for the first time.
“They’ve slept together,” Tomlinson told Hot 99.5. “They just kind of met each other and got together.”
He went even further and said that Jepsen and Horan had met online. The radio station is the same one that in October published an article about the relationship between Horan and Lovato, saying he wished that she would agree to be his girlfriend.
Who knows? But for now, it looks like the rumors are all just friendly teasing between friends, whether or not Jepsen knows anything about it.