20 February 2018
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Niall Horan and Hailee Steinfeld sparked romance rumors over the weekend when they were spotted singing and dancing together at a Backstreet Boys show, but the duo aren’t officially dating just yet.

A source close to the stars tells PEOPLE exclusively Steinfeld recently split from her longtime boyfriend Cameron Smoller and isn’t quite ready to jump into a new romance.

“She’s not actively pursuing anything,” explains the source. “Niall is really into her but she’s unsure if she wants to get into something new right away.”

For now, the actress, 21, and the former One Direction singer, 24, are happy spending time together.

“They’ve been friends for a long, long time and are very comfortable with each other,” adds the source. “But it’s nothing serious right now.”

19 February 2018
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Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan’s latest outing together is feeding dating rumors… once again.

Last night (February 17), The Sun Online reported the “Capital Letters” singer and “Slow Hands” crooner were in attendance at the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” tour stop in Las Vegas.

Like the true detectives they are, followers quickly recognized the conspicuous couple in no time and were fast to record the 24-year-old One Direction member and the 21-year-old Pitch Perfect actress keeping close to one another throughout the event.

Needless to say, the footage, which has since made its rounds on Twitter, insinuates the potential songbirds might also be lovebirds. A dancing Steinfeld and beaming Horan appeared to be enjoying each other’s company, as both stars were chanting along to the lyrics of the boy band’s party hits like “I Want It That Way.”

A source confirms to E! News that after the concert the duo hit up at XS Nightclub where they sat together at a stage table with a few friends, sipping on Absolut Elyx cocktails and taking in a DJ set by Diplo.

Fans first began speculating a romance between the performers when the duo was seen at London’s West End production of Hamilton shortly after the new year. The gossip continued as their rumored love affair came to the forefront again when the “On the Loose” warbler attended a birthday party for the “Most Girls” musician’s older brother, Griffin, just a week later.

20 January 2018
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Her lips are sealed! Hailee Steinfeld has responded to fan speculation that she’s dating Niall Horan.

“I feel so lucky that [my fans] care enough about me to know what I’m doing every second of every day, but I think that sometimes it’s hard for people in general to realize that there are boundaries to a person’s life and personal life” the Oscar nominee, 21, told Us Weekly exclusively on the red carpet at Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, January 18.

“I am a very private person,” she continued. “I do love that I have the opportunity to share with them what I’m comfortable with and they’re there to listen and support me.”

Steinfeld and the former One Direction singer, 24, have been close friends for years — he even called her “the loveliest person on the planet” on Instagram in December — but dating rumors recently began swirling after they were spotted together at London’s West End production of Hamilton on January 2.

A week later, Horan attended a birthday party for the “Starving” songstress’ older brother, Griffin. The “Seeing Blind” crooner was seen playing guitar while sitting next to Steinfeld on a couch at the celebration in a series of videos shared on Griffin’s Instagram Story on January 13.

Hailee has been dating social media personality Cameron Smoller, since 2016. Cameron also recently shared a picture of himself with Hailee in the Bahamas in November. This would make having a relationship with Niall very difficult, right? Horan was briefly linked to Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and a Belgian college student named Celine Helene Vandycke. In a June 2017 interview with Notion magazine, the ex-boy bander said he was single and had “no time for Tinder.”

Nevertheless, this isn’t the first celebrity Hailee has been linked to. Back in May 2017, many fans thought she was dating Justin Bieber, 23. Hailee, however, quickly slammed those rumors in an interview with Sirius XM Morning saying, “No I am not.” I guess we will have to wait and see how this all plays out!

20 January 2018
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Hailee Steinfeld is gearing up for the release of Fifty Shades Freed, which features her latest tune, “Capital Letters,” and the suspense is just killing the “Let Me Go” singer.

“I can’t say much about it,” she told Billboard while hinting that her song is paired with a scene that is equally romantic and action-packed. “It covers a lot,” she revealed at Thursday night’s (Jan. 18) season debut of Lip Sync Battle, which had her channeling Michael Jackson during a full-episode tribute to the King of Pop. Steinfeld also divulged that she recently shot a music video for the tune. “It’s coming out soon and I’m really proud of it,” she said.

The “Capital Letters” teaser, which Steinfeld recently posted on her Instagram page, gave fans a glimpse of her dreamy vocals over a synth heavy backdrop. “One thing I love about the production in this song is that it feels big. It feels very cinematic. I love that feel, especially as an actor. I feel like music has the power to feel like a movie itself in the two minutes that you hear it,” she explained, noting that she plans to channel more of that cinematic vibe into her upcoming musical endeavors. “I worked with BloodPop on the record. He’s one of my favorite producers and I’ll be working with him on some more music as well.”

The Pitch Perfect 3 star is currently in the studio piecing together her sophomore album. “I’m working on a follow-up — I’m working on more than a follow-up. The next body of work is in the works I guess you can say,” she explained. And she’s having a blast experimenting with her sound. “It’s crazy how it feels like I can say that I’m fully in album mode but there is still so much trial and error that I’m involved in. That’s the fun of it I guess. It’s a constant evolution [from the style on her 2015 debut release, Haiz].”

The actress recently announced that she’ll be accompanying Charlie Puth on a series of dates, which kick off on July 11th in Toronto. “I am very much looking forward to touring with Charlie!” she exclaimed. “I think it’s going to be so much fun. And I really just can’t wait to get back out on the road again.” Her music may be hitting the charts, but Steinfeld is still getting used to the touring life. “It really is a lifestyle of its own and I’ve really only done it once,” she admitted. “But I’m looking forward to making this the best show of mine so far. I can’t wait!”

12 January 2018
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Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso’s “Let Me Go,” featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt, lifts 2-1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart (dated Jan. 13).

The song sold 21,000 downloads, up 11 percent, in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the second topper on the list for Alesso, after “Heroes (We Could Be),” featuring Tove Lo, in early 2015, and the first for each other act.

“Let” also returns to its No. 3 peak (first reached Dec. 9) on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, earning top Streaming Gainer honors. The track collected 9.8 million U.S. streams, up 21 percent, as it holds at its No. 3 high for a 10th straight week on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs.

Additionally, “Let” debuts on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 37). The track marks the eighth entry for Alesso, the fourth for Steinfeld and the first each for FGL and Watt.

As previously reported, “Let” reaches the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 (55-40).

8 January 2018
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Songs featuring Sia, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Miike Snow and others will appear on the official soundtrack for Fifty Shades Freed, the track list for which has just dropped.

The 22-song compilation includes “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld x BloodPop, “Sacrifice” by Black Atlass featuring Jessie Reyez, “High” by Whethan & Dua Lipa and, of course, Liam Payne and Rita Ora’s lead number “For You,” which arrived last Friday.

The Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack will be released Feb. 9, with preorders available from this Friday (Jan. 12). Its predecessor, the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last February. The forthcoming film, the final in the Fifty Shades trilogy, also hits theaters Feb. 9.

8 January 2018
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We still haven’t gotten a full album from Hailee Steinfeld, but she’s just scored her third top 40 hit — and she did it with a song that she admits “seemed a bit left field” at first.

The song is “Let Me Go,” and it teams Hailee with Swedish DJ Alesso, guitarist/producer Watt, and superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line. It has just hit #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and follows Hailee’s previous hits “Love Myself” and her collabo with Zedd and Grey, “Starving.”

“I loved the fact that….on paper, it seems a bit left field,” she tells ABC Radio. “Which is cool and I think we got people’s attention that way. But the coming together of this record was based on how passionate we all were about the song.”

On top of that, Hailee’s releasing a new song on Friday: “Capital Letters,” a collabo with Bloodpop that appears on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Hailee teased the upbeat track, which you’ll get as an instant grat track with the soundtrack album pre-order, on Instagram.

3 January 2018
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Our February cover star has a booming music career—more than 1.4 billion streams on Spotify, a song on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack—and an acting resume that already includes Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Up next: turning 21.

Hailee Steinfeld is perched on a sofa that commands one corner of the back patio of The Meritage, a “Tuscan-inspired” resort in Napa Valley. A cherubic, grape-picking maiden scrutinizes her from atop a faux-marble pedestal, next to some Mediterranean-looking plants that may or may not be real. The actress and singer is staying here while she films Bumblebee, the Transformers movie due out December 2018. In her Re/Done graphic tee and Mother jeans, Steinfeld has the poise and overly polite manners you’d expect from someone who spent her childhood on movie sets surrounded by people three times her age. But the composure disappears with comical speed when I pose the same question her fans have been asking for months: When is she going to release her first album?

Steinfeld taps her Reebok on the ground, and her knee begins to bounce. Her almond-shaped eyes widen and her expression changes to that of a straight-A student faced with a pop quiz. “I’m so over saying the word ‘soon’ because I’ve used it too many damn times. I don’t even know what it means anymore. I want to put new music out, but…” She looks off. In front of us, the resort’s pool sparkles, but if Steinfeld is eyeing her escape route, she’s out of luck: A sign on the gate to the pool reads “Adults Only: Age 21 & Older.” At the time we’re talking, Steinfeld is only 20. (She turned 21 in December.)

It’s easy to forget how young she is. Her accomplishments to date include an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination (2010’s True Grit), a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination (2016’s The Edge of Seventeen), and two platinum-selling records (2015’s “Love Myself” and 2016’s “Starving”). But youth is not the reason Steinfeld is nervous to talk about the music she’s working on; it’s the emotional honesty and exposure such creativity requires.

“As an actor, I’m masked by characters, protected by them. But as a musician, it’s my story, my voice, my face,” she explains. “It’s me on that stage talking about that horrible experience I went through and [saying,] ‘Here, I’m going to sing about it.’ It’s such a different kind of vulnerable. To connect with fans, there’s pressure in feeling like I have to do things that I’m uncomfortable with, in terms of opening up enough about myself.”

On finding love:
“I’m trying to protect myself and have a bit of a guard up, but I also want to fall in love and know why love hurts.”

On advice she’d give to her younger self:
“Listen to yourself. So many people will try and steer you in a certain direction—not saying that that’s the wrong direction at all—but you have to know what’s right for you. Trust yourself, follow your heart, and do what makes you happy. Don’t forget to live for yourself.”

On using her platform for good:
“I’ve worked hard and gotten to a place where I have a voice: How can I use it? What can I, as a human, as an artist, do?”

Read the full interview and see more photographs in the February issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands January 9.

21 December 2017
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The year is almost over, which means ABC’s iconic “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” is almost here. The star-studded affair will feature performances from Times Square, New Orleans and Hollywood.

Ahead of the December 31 celebration, several of those performers met with ABC’s media team to offer brief comments about the event — and New Year’s Eve in general:

I’m a very visual person when it comes to things like New Year’s Resolutions, so I like to make a vision board. On it, there’s a – it’s like a collage of a lot of things…the simple things like get more sleep, drink more water, eat healthier. Then there’s spend more time with the people that I love. Travel on my own time and really sort of take in where I am in the world. Where I get to work I think, but [also] really take time for myself…and, I don’t know. This year has a lot in store with the music, so I’m excited for that too. There’s some resolutions on that list as well.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will air beginning at 8PM EST on December 31.

20 December 2017
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In the following interview with Hailee Steinfeld, she discusses her love for music, how her role in Pitch Perfect 3 changed during development and the difficulties in playing someone like herself. In addition – Steinfeld talked about shooting the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and writing an upcoming album. For the full interview, read below.

Do you have a personal favorite musical?
I don’t know that I do. I find that I’m drawn to anything with music involved, which is why I remember seeing [Pitch Perfect] and calling my agent, saying ‘There’s got to be some movie like this that’ll be made now.’ Sure enough – it was the sequel.

What started that love for music?
It was always there and always part of my plan. I started making music – writing and recording – around the same time I got into acting, which was… young. The acting just happened first and a lot faster, so the music became a side project over the years. I always wanted to make music though. When the films were in their own groove, I wanted [music] to happen through [them] so that it would make sense and wouldn’t be a matter of ‘dropping an album’. I felt like, for my own sanity, if I did it through a movie I could see if I liked it that way. Sure enough with Pitch Perfect 2, I was given the opportunity to sing and show people that it was something that I loved. Then after that, I signed a record deal and I’m making music now.

It seems like Emily’s arc in Pitch Perfect 3 is very similar to that, where she’s struggling between writing music and her work. Did you sense that parallel?
Steinfeld: The dynamic was very similar. I think even going back to the first time she meets the Bellas, [Emily’s] completely enamored by them, overeager, overexcited, and just super earnest. I shared some of those qualities when I walked in having been such a huge fan of the first movie.

Do you find it easier to play someone like yourself versus the complete opposite?
Sometimes I think it might be easier to play someone completely different. With a movie like this it’s fun because you get to go and be the weirdest version of yourself possible. That’s completely and fully accepted and embraced and wanted. For this one, it was fun to go to set every day and just live and be me and do my thing. I like to think that I’m a little cooler than this character though; but I’m very similar. Obviously it’s nice to feel that you’re making a real departure. You can leave and focus on whatever it is that you’re doing. Sometimes it feels easier to achieve that so you don’t get confused with it feeling too much like you personally.

Do you have any say in what direction Emily goes in the sequel? Did you have any conversations about that?
Brief conversations. I knew that I wanted her to have more of a place in The Bellas and more of a voice. In [Pitch Perfect 2], she fought to be heard in that sense. Trish Sie, who directs this movie… We sat down early in the process to make sure Emily had a clear point of view. Trish made that a priority for all the characters because there’s so many of us, it’s easy to get lost in everybody’s story. (more…)

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