Just take a second and compare Louis’s smile from the picture with Eleanor to the picture with Harry.
Psychological research has shown that you can tell a true smile from a fake one when you look at how the rest of the face responds to the smile, not just the mouth.
If you look at the picture with Harry, you can see that Louis’s eyes are crinkled, and his cheeks are really raised/bunched up. In the picture with Eleanor, the only part of his face that is smiling is his mouth.
I understand that the first picture is just that— a picture, and the second is candid, but even Eleanor’s smile seems more genuine. And if Eleanor were really his “love” then he would be smiling just being with her, like he almost always is with Harry. I’ll even post a picture of a posed smiling shot with Harry, so you can still notice the difference:
Notice, first of all, the crinkled eyes and dimples that do NOT appear in the picture with Eleanor.
Also, just notice the proximity of Louis and Eleanor compared to in the pictures with Harry. Even when Louis is touching or holding Eleanor, the rest of him is as far away as physically possible— not even necessarily because he doesn’t like her, but because he thinks “I’m going to hold her hand” or “I’m going to put my arm around her” as a command to himself. With Harry, though, it’s more like “I want to be close to Harry, so I’m going to throw my arm across his shoulders” and then he subconsciously touches him with as much of his body as possible, just to fulfill that desire to be close.
In general, Louis’s pictures with Eleanor seem awkward, stiff, and unnatural. When he throws an arm around Harry, he literallythrowsit because they’re so comfortable with each other. With Eleanor, it always seems delicately placed, as if deliberately thought-out and to make a point.
This isn’t the kind of behavior you see with people who are in love.
Say what you will; the body language gives everything away.