Here's One Direction's new cover of Teen Vogue. Isn't it lovely?
But while Zayn, Harry, Louis and Niall are all staring right at the camera and deep into their fans' souls (I feel Zayn's gaze, like always), Liam seems distracted. HE'S LOOKING ELSEWHERE.
Has an attractive Teen Vogue fashion assistant caught his eye?
Is he just looking for a nicer pair of shoes? He did get stuck with the beat-up high tops, after all.
Sources confirm to BuzzFeed Fashion what actually caught Liam's attention: a veritable menagerie of cute baby animals.
This puppy who is SO CUTE AND TINY he can fit in a teacup.
And this fluffy puppy who's technically sitting in Liam's seat but, really, who's going to say anything?
Says Liam, again:
This is not Liam's seat, because it's far too small, but these teacup piglets are nuzzling each other and that's that.
This clever bunny hid in a box of hairspray or something, just so they could get on set and swoon.
And OMG this baby panda just popped up out of nowhere too!
While this cunning little pug puppy didn't take any chances, and bribed his way in. That's fandom for you, fandom done right.
This little puppy who can't believe Harry's hair looks this perfect in person. It's too much to take in.
Says Liam: "Don't cry, because...
This shocked baby pelican who just saw something happen and now she's totally shipping Larry Stylinson.
This positively giddy baby slow loris who totally also just saw some twee faux-flirting.
This little anteater who still thinks he's dreaming.
These aren't real llamas but they're still cute and I would be distracted by them, so there we go.
And most importantly, this baby hedgehog who's sashaying out of the Teen Vogue fashion closet in this season's must-have hat.
In conclusion, Liam after seeing all of these baby animals:
Bonus: some behind-the-scenes photos from the Teen Vogue shoot. Just imagine how much MORE fun this would be with puppies and pelicans scampering around too.
That sort of thing should definitely play out on their next cover shoot. (After all, it worked out so very well for Wonderland.)
Except, oh wait, British GQ just took serious, close-up shots without a single, sparkly kitten in sight.
It's babysteps for the GQ reader then: first the boybands and then the cute pets.