It doesn't have to be spelled out in song! Meet the women who quite possibly inspired some of these singer's sappier songs

By Lydia Price
Updated November 12, 2015 11:00 AM
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It’ll surprise no one with eyes or half a heart that both The Biebs and the guys of One Direction have a lot of ladies clamoring for their attention.

These boys have been filling rooms with adoring fans since they started performing as teens and tweens, but a select few lucky lasses have turned their relationships with the pop princes from delusional fantasies to headline-grabbing realities.

So let’s meet the girlfriends who just may have inspired your new favorite Purpose or Made in the A.M. tracks – from infamous exes to the mystery love Bieber is currently courting.

Justin Bieber: Selena Gomez
Dated: 2010-2014
What he said about it: “[Selena] is someone I love dearly. I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her We always respected each other and we still respect each other.”
– to Access Hollywood

Harry Styles: Taylor Swift

Dated:

2012-2013
What he said about it: “We write from personal experience, and I think everyone does, so it would be hypocritical of us to be like, ‘Oh you can’t write about us.’ And she’s really good, so they’re good songs. I’m really lucky in that sense.”
– During a Google Hangout

Louis Tomlinson: Eleanor Calder

Dated:

2011-2015
What he said about it: “Every night before I go to sleep, I always talk to my girlfriend Eleanor.”
– to Seventeen

Justin Bieber: Mystery Girl
Dated: Currently?
What he said about it: “I’m kind of seeing this girl, right? I’m shy about doing or saying certain things, and then I say it and it’s not even a problem You’re just scarred and you don’t do something because in your last relationship they’d freak out, but [the new person is] just like, ‘What are you talking about?’ ”
– to Complex

Liam Payne: Sophia Smith

Dated:

2013-2015
What he said about it: “I used to see her at school and we’d kind of chat. I asked her sister for her number. She was very shy and didn’t give much indication that she liked me, so I just assumed that she wasn’t interested, as well as thinking she was way too hot for me anyway.”
– to Attitude