In the most deeply personal interview of his career, Tom Hiddleston has revealed that while we were still speculating on whether his relationship with #TaylorSwift was a publicity stunt, he was busy nursing a broken heart over the premature ending of his very "real" romance.
After meeting a GQ journalist (the talented Taffy Brodesser-Akner) that Hiddleston clearly really connected with, the 35-year-old was happy to bare his heart and soul over the hurt of people calling his relationship a scam by simply verifying:
“Of course it was real.”
Naturally, this statement couldn't go unexplored and the interviewer made sure to ask Tom about the biggest red flag that the relationship was a cynical ploy for publicity: that I ♥ T.S tank top. Hiddleston explained:
"The truth is, it was the Fourth of July and a public holiday and we were playing a game and I slipped and hurt my back. And I wanted to protect the graze from the sun and said, ’Does anyone have a T-shirt?’ And one of her friends said, ’I’ve got this.’ The friend pulled out the "I ♥ T.S." tank top that Taylor’s friends are contractually obligated to own. And we all laughed about it. It was a joke.”
As you might imagine, having misinformation spread about the most personal details of your life can really damage your self-image, and this is what was so hurtful to Tom about the billions of stories spurned by what was essentially one man's quest to avoid sunburn:
"I have to be so psychologically strong about not letting other people’s interpretations about my life affect my life. A relationship exists between two people. We will always know what it was. The narratives that are out there altogether have been extrapolated from pictures that were taken without consent or permission, with no context. Nobody had the context for that story. And I’m still trying to work out a way of having a personal life and protecting it, but also without hiding. So the hardest thing is that that was a joke among friends on the Fourth of July.”
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Ever the gentleman, #TomHiddleston was full of praise for Swift, but admitted that the press circus that follows the 27-year-old singer was what ended up tearing their three-month long romance apart:
“I only know the woman I met. She’s incredible. But, man, all those cameras. A relationship in the limelight takes work. And it’s not just the limelight. It’s everything else.”
As if that weren't testament enough to the fact that Hiddleswift was more than a catchy tabloid couple name, Tom called the interviewer after their meeting to say:
"Because you have to fight for love. You can’t live in fear of what people might say. You know, you have to be true to yourself.”
I would encourage you to read the whole interview here to really get a glimpse of Tom's sincerity. Even the most bitter cynic in me has been silenced, and maybe yours can be to.
Do you think Hiddleswift was real?