Oh god I was waiting for this question to pop up…
And no no NO!
I disagree 100% with this.
First of all let me just say, if you believe they are together, then you must also believe they are forced to cover it up (duh). Well, I believe the reason Zayn is way more subtle than Liam (which is not a hard thing to do, Liam and subtlety when it comes to his love for Zayn parted ways a long time ago), is because he is trying to do as he’s told.
Also, Zayn is a very private person, we all know that. Last year, he didn’t have Liam yet (he actually did but they were both idiots but that is another story and I keep going off topic ugh), so he was very obvious. Why? Well, when you are as in love with someone as Zayn was with Liam, and you believe that they are oblivious (he was, in a way. I believe Liam knew Zayn had feelings for him but he had no idea they were so profound and serious), you kind of throw all caution out of the window and try to make them see. Zayn was doing just that. He was trying to get Liam to understand he was in love with him, and finally he did. The first few months they were both relaxed and fine, but then their management team found out and they had to take 100 steps back.
I believe Zayn is holding back now because a) he is a private person and now he is with Liam so he doesn’t need to be so obvious, and b) their management team is pretty scary if you ask me and Zayn has enough on his head, he doesn’t need to be yelled at 24/7. Let alone they might force him to participate in a fake engagement, and all this while he is showing the restraint of a saint. Imagine what they would do to him if he DIDN’T hold back.
In short, the person who is acting all weird right now, is Liam, not Zayn. Why? Because realistically, they both know they cannot come out right now (even tho I believe they both want to), but Liam is acting like he will be coming out any day now! Zayn is trying to stay subtle. Liam is not. And as much as I love him for it, I know Zayn is the sensible one in this case. We know what’s gonna happen. They are not gonna be allowed to come out any time soon. So why is Liam acting like this? Because he is the bravest fool in the world, that’s why. Jfc, lately I’ve been thinking these two are Romeo and Juliet of the 21st century!
That said, I have no idea why you cannot see Zayn’s love for Liam. Even though he is trying to hold back, his love still shows. Did you see my Summer Love gifset from the 9th of April? Well, he wasn’t crying for me there, that I know. He was crying for Liam. If anything, I believe their love is stronger than ever, and Zayn is just trying to protect it for the time being. Liam is doing the same, but from another angle. Neither is wrong, in my opinion.
To put it better:
Edit: But honestly I think Zayn is consistent with his displays of affection. Whatever is lost by him trying to hold back, is gained by the fact that he breaks down while trying to do it.
Look at these and tell me Zayn isn’t showing affection for Liam:
Conclusion: Zayn is head over heels in love with Liam, Liam is head over heels in love with Zayn. And even with Zayn trying to hold back, we get all these things. I get where you are coming from, but this has more to do with Liam being 15321740% obvious (seriously, who would have thought Leeyum would be acting this way once he realized Zayn loved him back?!?!) and less with Zayn’s feelings being weaker (ha.ha.HA. WHAT A JOKE). So no, I don’t believe for a second that Zayn isn’t showing the same love and affection for Liam as he used to. If anything, I see their love growing deeper as the months go by, and the way Zayn breaks down whenever he sings Summer Love to Liam, for instance, tells me everything I need to know.