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One Direction’s ‘Olivia’: Did Harry Styles Write Song For Louis Tomlinson?

Fri, November 13, 2015 12:45pm EDT by 58 Comments

What is One Direction’s new jam ‘Olivia’ about? The song, which was written by Harry Styles, could be about a number of things — Taylor Swift’s cat? Harry’s sister’s cat? We have evidence, though, which suggests it could be about Louis Tomlinson!

One Direction‘s upbeat hit “Olivia” from their new album Made In The A.M. could very well be a play on words, right? The word “Olive,” when said with a British accent, sounds like “I Love,” especially when repeated a few times fast like in the song. You’re probably thinking, what does “Olive” have to do with Louis Tomlinson? Both Louis and Harry Styles (who wrote this song) have previously tweeted about the word “Olive.” See their tweets below!

Coincidence? Who knows. The song could also be about Taylor Swift‘s cat who is named Olivia OR Harry’s sister Gemma’s cat who is also named Olivia. Songwriter Julian Bunetta recently told Rolling Stones the story behind the writing of this tune:

“This one is very near and dear to my heart. Harry, John [Ryan, co-writer] and I were in Westlake and trying to write one thing and came out with this. I don’t know how it came out. We couldn’t write anything for a couple days, and we couldn’t focus. We were trying to write things, and they were bad,”he started out by saying.

“Then we would just laugh and order food and hang out. Then all of a sudden, at the very end of the day when Harry was going to leave, he was sort of saying the chorus phrase, so we just sat there and wrote it really quick. It came out really, really quick. That one was so fun because it has a full orchestra we recorded at Abbey Road: four trumpets, four trombones, three french horns, flute, clarinet, harp. That was an incredibly adult, musically indulgent song that we all had a lot of fun making. It makes me so happy. But ‘Olivia’ was Harry’s genius,” he said.

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HollywoodLifers, what do you think this song is about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

— Shira Benozilio