Tom Hiddleston: Taylor Swift Relationship Was “Real”
Tom Hiddleston talks about his relationship with Taylor Swift in detail for the first time in his new GQ cover story. In the interview, he reveals how their romance started, insists their connection was “real,” and confesses just why he wore that infamous “T.S.” tank top.
“Of course it was real,” Hiddleston insists of his three-month rendezvous with Swift. He praises, “Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time… I only know the woman I met. She’s incredible.”
Of the quick rise and fall of Hiddleswift, the actor comments, “A relationship always takes work. A relationship in the limelight takes work. And it’s not just the limelight. It’s everything else.” In an effort to find some normalcy, he says, “We decided to go out for dinner, we decided to travel.”
But their every move was documented, included the July Fourth party where Hiddleston was photographed wearing a tank top that seemingly professed his love for Swift. “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,'” he recalls, referring to the “I ♥ T.S.” shirt.
“And we all laughed about it. It was a joke. It was a joke. Among friends,” says Hiddleston. But that’s not how the masses took it, or any of it. He reflects, “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 British star continues, “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.”
He adds, “I just, I was surprised. I was just surprised that it got so much attention. The tank top became an emblem of this thing…” But now Hiddleston is speaking out, about Swift and other aspects of his life.
“If you’re under attack, if your values are under attack, if you’re being shamed, if you’re being humiliated, the animal response is to hide in the bush. It’s to be less, to make yourself smaller, to diminish in size and volume. And the lesson of 2016 is we have to love more, we have to risk more, we have to be braver, we have to be more outspoken,” says the actor.
Hiddleston further tells the magazine, “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.” And, he swears, “I’m not going to live my life in hiding.” Though the cover story is currently available online, Hiddleston’s March 2017 issue of GQ will hit newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on February 14 and everywhere else on February 21.