Is Tom Hiddleston having a ‘midlife crisis’ now that he’s turned 37 years old?

World Premiere of Early Man

Tom Hiddleston turned 37 years old last week, on February 9th. His age always surprises me – he seems younger than that, right? He’s still a young man though and people should be able to enjoy their 30s without everyone screaming about how they’re having a “midlife crisis.” In MY day, children, talk of mid-life crises were saved for someone’s 40th birthday. But that didn’t stop Sebastian Shakespeare from making up a story to go along with a photo of Scruffy Hiddles walking his dog over the weekend (you can see the photo here):

Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston might be at the top of their game, but it seems even they can’t escape a midlife crisis. Talented Mr Ripley star Jude, 45, appeared to have got dressed in the dark when he walked through JFK airport on Friday in a black jacket adorned with strips of black shaggy sheep wool, teamed with a loose T-shirt, jogging bottoms and brown boots.

Meanwhile, at home, The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, who turned 37 last week, was almost unrecognisable while walking his dog in Hampstead, North London. The actor, touted as the next James Bond, sported a scruffy beard instead of his usual clean-shaven look, and kept things low-key in a black baseball cap, jacket and jeans.

[From The Daily Mail]

If you look at the photo, Hiddles doesn’t look bad or anything – he looks like he’s got an I’m-Not-Working-Right-Now beard and he’s wearing I’m-Just-Walking-The-Dog clothes. He looks clean and furry and lovely. So is he having a mid-life crisis? Ugh… probably not? But I would like to know what he’s up to these days. I miss him. He hasn’t even updated his Twitter in almost a year, you guys. WHAT IS HAPPENING, HIDDLES?

(Maybe he truly did get set up with Angelina Jolie and they’re preparing to make their big couple-debut at the Oscars. Please let this be so.)

The World Premiere of 'Early Man' held at the BFI IMAX

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. LilLil says:

    Jude’s jacket is interesting.

    Tom looks fine. He has really sad eyes, hasn’t he? And a really red beard. I always thought he was blonde.

    I love how he’s considered a young man. Were he an actress aged 37 he would be playing wives to 60y olds and moms to 20 somethings.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      He’s walking his dog and wearing perfectly appropriate clothes for it (note hat for bedhead). When the dog wants to go out, dog owners have very little time for niceties even if they are celebrities! I’m surprised we don’t have more pics of makeup free ladies trying to get their dogs out…
      IMO, Jude Law looks awful. Where is his hat?

    • maxine ducamp says:

      RE: Sad eyes. I think that he has a tendency to look sad because of the shape of his eyes (they tilt downward at the outer end; hard to explain). I’ve always thought that about him. Also, some of us just have “resting sad face.” Many times people have commented that I looked sad or forlorn when I’m feeling fine. It’s just my face. :)

      The second thing is that I don’t think that the Daily Fail knows what a “midlife crisis” is. Doesn’t usually mean when a guy (usually in his 40s or older) starts dressing like a teen/twenty-something, gets a penis mobile and an inappropriate girlfriend? It’s frankly the exact opposite of going out and walking the dog in DGAF clothing.

    • broodytrudy says:

      Tom has always struck me as a really sad person. I think he’s genuinely nice and talented, and cares about his fans, but something about him has always made me really sad. I hope he does well in life and finds happiness.
      (I’m single with a solid career and low maintenance, so give me a call, Tom!)

    • Boodiba says:

      I’ve always thought he looked 3-5 years older than his age…

  2. bread says:

    Oof – that pic of him in the Daily Mail is not great. Greasy hair, scraggly beard and dusty(?) clothes. And no new projects, according to IMDB.

    Is he ok?

  3. MI6 says:

    He’s taking this break seriously, and the DGAF looks great on him.
    I love that he is true to himself, no matter what anyone else says. #character #andnotjustonscreen

  4. jammypants says:

    I saw pictures of him on Tumblr of that same day. He looks good imo. The one on the DM has got to be the worst, which paints the perfect narrative of course.

  5. virginfangirl says:

    it seems the dog has caused a bit of a mess to his clothes, so he’s wearing those trashed clothes when he walks him so as not to ruin more. I need to see him without a hat, no hair product, just wild curls!

    • Cranberry says:

      Omg. You just described my life. On a daily bases I’ll have a paw print, mud smudges and/or drool on my clothes from taking my doggie to the dog park. So even if it’s not my own dog that jumps on me, it’s bound to be another. It never fails. Never.

      So I have certain clothes and shoes that are designated dog park clothes that I re-ware several times before they start looking too dusty with mud crust.

  6. Hh says:

    I’m playing into both of their images here, but I think Angelina would eat Tom alive…and I’m here for it.

  7. DiligentDiva says:

    He looks better than when he was dating Taylor… I still burst out laughing thinking about how he looked during that 4th of July party. Put aside the shirt, he looked like the weird uncle who hangs out with his niece to hook up with her friends. So this is an improvement in my opinion.

    But also he hasn’t announced a non-Marvel related film project since 2016. I think he’s somewhat finished. Taylor Swift and that Golden Globes Speech killed any chance he had of making it big in America. I bet his name’s been put on the list of “DO NOT HIRE” among directors and producers.

    He made a fool of himself, was cocky, and tried to get fame via dating a far more famous celebrity (who has earned her status) then wait his turn and has paid the price. His career, most of his fans, and his reputation are gone.

    Sure Taylor’s problematic and has a shit ton of issues, but I don’t buy at all that Tom didn’t use her for his own gain. He’s earned this.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Right. Dating Taylor Swift & making a mistake in a speech while accepting an award immediately puts someone on the Do Not Hire list as opposed to actors who are constantly late or disruptive on set, beat up on co-stars, directors & crew, or are uninsurable due to health or substance addiction problems.

      • jammypants says:

        Clearly priorities are in order 😉

      • DiligentDiva says:

        Listen I’m not saying it’s 1000% fair system at all, but you have to not be paying attention to Hollywood if you think making an ass out of yourself and create a public scandal around yourself you won’t get you put on a blacklist.
        Hollywood doesn’t like letting what they considered “losers” into the club. Tom become an overnight laughing stock and he’s paid the price.
        And also please don’t downplay his white savior speech, he more or less went up there and did a white-man burden speech. That’s not a mistake, racist behavior isn’t a mistake.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Public scandal? Like getting pulled over for drunk driving & saying racist or sexist things to the cop? Or leaving threatening voice mail messages for your kid or ex? Or punching the director? Or having wife #3 file domestic violence charges? Or bad mouthing the film he’s supposed to be promoting? I think I missed something? Or are we talking about Shia Lebouef, not Tom Hiddleston?

      • jammypants says:

        You clearly missed the intent behind the speech where he literally dedicated his award to aid workers. Feeling proud you could help in whatever way (he’s an entertainer so was glad he could provide relief in that essence), but being nervous and expressing it poorly, does not mean it’s white saviorism. He’s been with UNICEF for years, actually visited countries he documents the experience and met people who do the real hard work. Also, he apologized while calling attention to organizations that need it. Some people clearly can’t let a harmless thing go and at this point, dragging that back up is nothing but personal at this point.

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @jammypants, don’t tell me I missed the point. It was racist! He had to apologize for it because it was a racist speech. I don’t care how you frame it, it was a racist speech. It’s not harmless.

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @Lightpurple. Again point missed, sure you don’t think it was public scandal, guess what doesn’t matter. Everyone else did, twitter exploded the day he wore that shirt, countless articles laughing at him were written, then after he got publicly dumped he made a white savior speech, and got even further laughed at. Then he gave an embarrassing GQ interview where’s basically crying over the fact that Taylor Swift dumped him.
        He became a laughing stock. Why do you think The Daily Mail used the worst photos of him possible? It’s because everyone’s agreed this guy is done. He’s been blacklisted.

      • TheHord says:

        Sure a jumbled-up speech dedicating an award to aid workers is racist. That’s a clear example of over-using a word, to the extent it ceases to have any meaning by the end.

      • jammypants says:

        Do you know what racism is? Seriously. You clearly do not. As a PoC, I’ve experienced it my whole life. And to me, that speech was not in any way racist. So much reaching.

        He apologized because his message came across garbled. And he cleared that up with his apology. It seems you can’t get over it because it’s something you can use as score points to drag his person.

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @TheHord, his speech wasn’t just “I’m dedicating this to aid workers” he basically said “I brought those aid workers so much joy by acting” He made it about himself. That’s why it was a white-savior speech, and white saviorism is inherently racist behavior. Africa doesn’t need to be saved by white people.

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @jammypants, again point missed. My point isn’t to drag Tom over it again, my point is that Tom’s been blacklisted due to his public blunders in 2016/2017 and that speech is one of them.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Again, right. Shia Leboeuf, Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Jude Law, Tom Hardy, Fassbender and so many more have all had scandals & incidents in their careers and all continue to work regularly but yes, the guy with the reputation for showing up on time, prepping for each role, getting along well with directors, cast & crew, and doing all that is asked of him to promote his work without complaint is black listed because, what was that reason again?

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @lightpurple
        Again Hollywood doesn’t like losers, so yes in Hollywood you can abuse women and keep a career, but if you become a laughing stock (AKA lose your masculinity) nobody will hire you. It’s not about what’s right, it’s about how Hollywood works.
        It doesn’t matter what you think clearly Tom has been blacklisted from Hollywood give all he could announce in 2017 was a very short stunt as a Hamlet in a play. He should be announcing projects and he isn’t, 2017 he had a good box office year, he won a Golden Globe, his movies have been relatively successful (Especially Thor), he should be getting more work, but he’s not.
        He gambled and he lost.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @jammypants & thehorde, and apparently, “aid workers” are a race now? I thought Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF were made up of people of varying races & ethnicities, not just one?

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @lightpurple, he was specifically talking about Aid Workers from South Sudan. He made a documentary there, it’s not that hard to piece that together. I get being “over it” but stop trying to justify that speech. It was horrible and there was a reason he apologized.

      • jammypants says:

        Unless there’s actual evidence he’s been blacklisted, I say that claim is a bunch of hogwash. I’m now waiting for when he has projects announced, then the new claim will be, “Taylor Swift got him the exposure he needed for them.”

      • DiligentDiva says:

        @jammypants, if he announces a good project then good for him. Finally someone’s taking mercy. But you can’t tell me at all his lack of projects right now isn’t because of the golden globes and Taylor Swift.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @diligentdiva, perhaps you should be a little more diligent. He was talking about aid workers IN South Sudan, not FROM South Sudan. And are you really saying a country torn apart by war doesn’t need aid workers from elsewhere?

        I get that you don’t like the guy, your choice, but your claims of a black list don’t mesh with reality.

      • jammypants says:

        @DD and you can’t say that GG and HS blacklisted him or that mercy was given to him. That’s pure conjecture, not based on any empirical evidence. Since HS/GG, he has worked on EM, Hamlet, a documentary not yet released, and IW and TA4. As I said, your conjectures are pure hogwash.

      • Josie says:

        When did Tom make racist comments, am I missing something here?

        And while it was as rudiculed, I don’t think dating Taylor Swift, PR stunt or not, is a public scandal. Not on the same level as a drink/drug problem, assault or rascist/bigoted comments.

        Jake Gyllenhal came out the same situation relatively unscathed.

      • Cranberry says:

        @DiligentDiva

        You need to go to college and get educated. Although I’m not sure that would even help you. You clearly are all about writing you own narrative in regards to reality. Tom did not do or say anything racist with his speech, but you obviously want to paint him with that narrative because your a swift-stan and because the word “racist” is probably trending. But it’s not trending because of Tom.

        Seems like you’ve learned a little about racial inequality, but you don’t seem to know enough to tell when you’re witnessing racist speech or intention or even unconscious racism. Just because someone is white and privileged doesn’t mean he’s automatically racist when he fumbles. It’s scary that you don’t know the difference when there is a real racist in the White House that’s aligned himself with racists organizations and is implementing racist policies.

    • TheHord says:

      Considering the timing (days before audio snake exposé) back then, it’s clear that, if anybody was using anybody there, it was not Tom. The fact is Tom DID have his own earned status by then, and a squeaky-clean reputation, ripe for the picking of somebody who knew they were about to get majorly dragged.

    • MI6 says:

      Yes, 🐍 certainly has earned her current status- world’s most hated celebrity.

    • MI6 says:

      One more thing -
      “Racist” is allowing neo Nazis to use your music to further their agenda without censorship, DD. It is not using one’s platform to bring attention to the horrors visited upon the denizens of South Sudan.

      • no no says:

        This. Swifties really love to create fake reality. Like Tay Tay. Hiddles need to be the worst, so she can be a victim again. But GP won’t buy her fake persona again.

      • jammypants says:

        Exactly. Calling a speech dedicated to aid workers in a foreign country racist (seriously wtf?), but not condemning the racist, very vocal faction of your idol’s fanbase seems incredibly more damaging, seeing as the likes of Breitbart and white supremacist worship her every move and music and actually use her music and image to prop up their dangerous message.

    • OG Cleo says:

      This thread is intimidating, but I’ll throw my hat in anyway.

      As someone who’s followed Tom’s career on-and-off since 2011, hand-wringing about the state of his career or lack thereof on this site is nothing new or innovative. Granted, that was before the massive misfire that was the Summer of Sadness in 2016 and the regrettable Golden Globes speech (the latter of which, while awkward, was blown way out of proportion on here compared to how the general public perceived it IMHO). I mean, sure, he hasn’t had any projects lined up, but I really don’t think that it’s for lack of people wanting him in them. I think it’s more likely he’s not getting really high quality scripts at the moment and is just peacing out for the moment.

      Even after the GGs, he had “Kong” and “Ragnarok” which were undisputedly successful and “Early Man”, which is making decent money. He’s in or around top billing for all three. Hollywood has no values or opinions outside of money. There just is no “awkward loser blacklist.” He just got a new puppy and he was supposedly in final negotiations for multimillion pound home; that’s not someone on the brink of financial and professional ruin, it reads more like someone who made some choices that he probably regrets and is taking some personal time. *shrug*

    • virginfangirl says:

      I’m with Lightpurple on this one. The way we idolize some and vilify others is truly upside down sometimes. In conclusion, if I had to choose a guy to” do the right thing” in whatever situation I might find myself in, Tom would be top on my list.

    • OhISeeYou says:

      Hey DiligentDiva – Tom’s daddy didn’t buy him a production company to force his son into the industry. Nor has he ever bought thousands of tickets or copies of his son’s movies to force them into top standings. So you can shove your “she earned her stats, he hasn’t”.

      • jammypants says:

        Don’t forget, Tom wasn’t considered a “loser” until that fateful day he met a certain someone. From there, things haven’t been the same. Sure he made an incredibly dumb decision, but let’s not pretend someone’s toxic image didn’t also rub off on an otherwise non-toxic actor. Trying to throw around her credentials while demeaning his wreaks of throwing off accountability that Aryan princess has a toxic image that can’t be explained away with earnings or awards.

      • jetlagged says:

        To this day I wonder if the backlash from his GG speech would have been half as bad as it was if he and TS had not spent time together. Not much click-bait traction if a somewhat obscure, earnest-but-extra actor wins an award and tanks the speech. But if Taylor Swift’s attention-seeking ex-boyfriend does, then all bets are off.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Edit- after reading this whole thread I’ve changed my original response to HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Someone is on someone’s pay roll.

  8. Anon says:

    He’s never had any casual game – he always was devoted to a small number of items that never saw an iron and had the odd button falling off (that red and blue plaid shirt! The joggers!). I don’t recall him wearing things that were so obviously dirty though. Dog walking or no, “DGAF”or no, that coat is ready for the bin.

  9. Chef Grace says:

    His clothes are the worst looking. Either the reporter/photog touched them up to look like a dumpster dive find, OR he was playing with his dog like you should! LOL
    I think he is just a lazy sod, who hates doing laundry or shopping for new clothes. No harm in that.
    But for me, he is no longer bangable, until he cleans up, and changes clothes out at least. ;)

  10. H says:

    I googled just for the dog. Cute little thing. But Jude Law’s coat? WANT!

  11. Lightpurple says:

    Can the Daily Fail provide us with examples of how we are supposed to dress while walking our dogs through the mud? Because if that’s a midlife crisis, my mom has had a complete psychotic breakdown. Tom looks fine.

    Kaiser, he has been promoting Early Man and there are some cute videos of him & Maisie Williams playing with clay. I do hope we hear of new projects soon but I have a weird feeling it will be theater, not film.

  12. Miss Jupitero says:

    Those shoes have got to go.

    And if they are going to take a pic of him walking his dog PUUUULLLLEEEAAAASEEEE get the doggo in the picture. It’s all about the doggo! This is just cruel.

  13. Susanna says:

    His midlife crisis was last year. I ❤️ Taylor etc.
    I see he’s letting his ginger grow out instead of colouring his hair blonde.

    • no no says:

      No last year. 2 years ago – see how long ago it was. And some trolls still can’t let go.

    • Cranberry says:

      He doesn’t color his hair blonde. He used to have blonde hair mostly because it was longish and had a lot of sun exposure. But in past five years or so his hair has been darkening and going towards light brown/gingerish brown. It still lightens out and goes golden with a lot of sun, but not as blonde as in his twenties.

      • virginfangirl says:

        Tom’s hair color progression is the same of most men in my family. Blond in their twenties but eventually darkens to light brown. I do think he had blond highlights in TNM.

      • Cranberry says:

        Hey virginfangirl.

        No I don’t think highlights were put in for TNM. Like I said his hair still lightens out very quick when he’s gotten a lot of sun exposure like during the filming of TNM. They filmed on location in gorgeous Monaco (?) and he got very tanned and blondish. I remember CB posts discussing why the top of his forehead right at the hairline didn’t get tanned. It was determined that his short hair and the angle of his forehead caused the shade discrepancy. But it’s possible they could have been enhanced a bit, but I’ve never seen any post evidence of highlights on him. Where as I’ve seen black and red dye out growth on him from various roles. And I’ve seen his hair lighten/highlight like TNM on other occasions when sun exposed a good deal.

        Btw Tom loves being tanned and going to sunny places like a lot of Brits I know that just love to get their tan on as soon as they’re someplace warm. I always think of Brits laying out on patios with sun reflectors trying to tan their face on the few warm sunny days in UK. lol

  14. LP says:

    I suspect Hiddles has been laying low partly because filming his scenes in infinity war/avengers 4 took a while and took a lot out of him. One of my best friends is a comic expert and he thinks Loki will have a sizable part in both movies. If so, I can see him wanting a break, especially if that’s it for Loki. He’s also been doing promotion for that clay mation move Early Man, so it’s not complete radio silence. I’ve given myself away as a fan though so take it with a grain of salt!

    • jetlagged says:

      I hope you are right about the screen time in IW. I’m a fan too and I’m afraid my gut is telling me he wasn’t onset long enough to have significant screen time. Tom didn’t seem to spend that much time in Atlanta compared to others in the cast – that we know about. He was in Australia filming Ragnarok for months, but Loki’s total screen time is probably less than 30 mins. That said, I would love to be wrong.

  15. seesittellit says:

    He’s starting to look more and more like Michael Rennie in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. That’s not a criticism, far from it, I always liked Rennie. But the receding hairline I think is undeniable and he is definitely out of male ingenue territory. I hope this is a period of reflection for him after the debacle of the Swift PR stunt. Quite honestly, he always seems to me to be a scholar hiding in the persona of an actor . . .

  16. Evie says:

    Oh, PLEASE!!!! He’s walking his dog, is Tom supposed to dress in a three-piece suit? I have two German Shepherds and my typical dog walking outfit for a 2 to 3 mile walk is T-shirt/sweatshirt, old jeans and sneakers. I comb my hair and go makeup-free. So I’m sure I’d look worse than Tom if anyone was paying attention to me or shooting photos.

  17. Jenz says:

    37 + 37 = 74. As UK.gov says the average life expectancy for a male born in 1981 is 71.32, I’d say he legitimately deserves to have his midlife crisis if he wants to have one (though walking the dog photos aren’t fair assessment). I am amused by our continued push-back of what’s considered mid-life and old age. We all have a time limit and it’s best to try to live each stage of life for the gift it is, rather than trying to stay “young” or hold off aging. I’m more surprised by the lack of gray in his beard than the ginger. :)

  18. bitchyarchitect says:

    He’s a male version of Anne Hathaway. It’ll pass and he’ll be back.

  19. Cranberry says:

    He looks like he’s cold.

    I’m for the smooth Hiddle days or at least a more manicured beard.

  20. Bee says:

    I miss the days when Tom threads were mostly about his questionable clothing choices. Now they’ve been infiltrated by Swift stans who are burning time while waiting for the Joe Alwyn threads that never come, because if we are talking about people lacking a legitimate career before meeting her, he’s the one.

  21. Anare says:

    I would absolutely wear that jacket Jude Law has on. It’s like Mongolian warrior winter wear! Love. And he is disheveled in kind of sexy way. Hiddles OTH looks so terribly meh and not stylish at all. His whole look is the color of our street in the middle of winter, like now. Black asphalt is bleached grey by salt and then frozen. Hiddles looks vaguely down and out. Not sexy. Would rather see a pic of his dog.

  22. Rachel says:

    Word to the “cold” thing. London is freezing right now, and British weather is insane. I popped the shops on Sunday probably not far from where these photos were taken. Got bundled up then found it was sunny and had to take my woolly hat off it was so not-freezing. Then on the way back hard white balls of I don’t even know what (snow? Sleet?) started pounding down. I looked pretty miserable then! Half an hour later it was fine. I read some criticism over Tom not wearing rain boots but he could easily have gone out prepared for dry and cold (but not that cold) weather and been caught short by the sudden change.

    • virginfangirl says:

      Since I became a fan of Tom (2 yrs?) I’ve seen him in 3 different shoes – dress shoes when wearing a suit, his grey suede boots, and his black running sneakers. Would he wear rain boots?

      • Cranberry says:

        I’ve never seen him in rain boots, but he used to always wear his leather cowboy boots that I believe were gifted to him when he was horse training for Thor in Calif.

        He wore the sh*t out of those boots, and they looked the better for it because quality cb boots look best used and worn in. And he looked really good in them too! They were a part of his signature look when he wasn’t suiting up for RC or running in sneakers. I wish he’d still wear them sometimes.

    • Cranberry says:

      Yeah. I commented above that he looks really cold. It’s impossible to look sexy when you’re freezing your ass off. All the blood has receded from your face and limbs making you look like a colorless corpsical.

  23. maxine ducamp says:

    TH update: Saw on twitter that someone linked to a news source “Get Surrey” that he was spotted in a town called Leatherhead filming “The Little Drummer Girl” based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name (so I guess this is the follow up to The Night Manager that has been mentioned?) Seems legit, but I guess we’ll know soon enough….

  24. Lightpurple says:

    Once he gets back with Taylor he’ll start getting jobs again.