It’s pretty much common knowledge that One Direction hottie Harry Styles is a heartbreaker, but we didn’t know the guy was a homewrecker, too! The curly haired cutie is reported to have had an affair with a U.K. radio DJ–who was married at the time. Yikes! What happened?
Rumor has it that One Direction appeared on a radio show and hit it off with Lucy Horobin, who at the time had been married for about a year–and was 32 to Harry’s 17! WTF?
Harry Styles’ penchant for cougars has been pretty well-documented since he and One Direction first rose to fame on the U.K.’s X Factor series, especially since he dated the 32-year-old host, Caroline Flack. While it can be argued that it’s at least partly Harry’s doing (keep it in your pants, bud!), there’s a big double standard at play here. If the genders were reversed, wouldn’t this be super creepy?
Lucy Horobin is not only married, but she’s a fully grown adult woman who should know better. Though she is said to have been separated at the time of their fling, it’s still pretty gross. Just like the creepy older dudes that prey on younger girls, if an adult woman hits on and hooks up with a minor, it’s neither awesome nor hip. It’s usually manipulative and shady–whether or not the woman is hitched–and, depending on where everyone lives and where stuff goes down, possibly illegal.
One Direction fans lashed out at Lucy Horobin over Twitter, which we totally don’t endorse (because no one deserves to be harassed ever), but we gotta admit, we’re sort of happy that Directioners recognize that there’s something not right with the whole situation.
These weird mom-aged fans aren’t much different from the pervy guys who leer at you and honk from their cars–they just generally get less flak for it. In a lot of cases, when instances of statutory rape happen to guys, if the woman’s hot, they’re often ridiculed for reporting it. But it’s still abusive and potentially damaging, no matter how attractive the culprit happens to be or how mature the guy seems. If it were your brother, you’d be pretty grossed out, right?
Obviously, if everyone involved is at least 18 (and hopefully single), then hey, do you. But til then? Cougars, stay away from the kiddie pool!
Do you think it was wrong for Harry Styles to have an affair with a married woman? Do you think Lucy Horobin was kinda skeevy to have an affair with someone so much younger than she is? Do you think there’s a double standard for men and women who have affairs with younger people? Tell us in the comments!