Hailee Steinfeld Addresses All of Those Niall Horan Dating Rumors

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It didn’t take long for all of those dating speculations to start swirling after Niall Horan publicly sent birthday wishes to the quote-unquote loveliest person on the planet (a.k.a. Hailee Steinfeld):

Once the message was read once, twice and probably three times by both Niall and Hailee’s devoted legions of fans on Instagram, everyone — and we mean EVERYONE — immediately started assuming Hailee and Niall are more than friends. After all, he did end the caption, ‘Love ya hails.’

Now, it’s been a little over a month since that message happened and since then, the two have been spotted together here and there. According to Us Weekly, Hailee and Niall were seen at London’s West End production of Hamilton on January 2, and then about a week later, Niall attended Hailee’s older brother’s birthday party. Of course, Niall did call Hailee his best friend, so a lot of these meetups kinda sound like they’re just hanging out together because they’re such good friends.

Anyway, it seems like Hailee has finally had enough of the speculation and decided to finally set the rumors to rest once and for all when she spoke to Us Weekly last week. When asked about the dating rumors, Hailee said, “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’m 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.”

Well, there you have it. It wasn’t a clear-cut response like we were all hoping for, but her message is pretty clear: her personal life is her own business, no one else’s, and we should all just pretty much butt out.